Doctoral writing through a trajectorial lens: an exploratory study on challenges, strategies and relationships

Gimenez, J., Paterson, R. and Specht, D. 2024. Doctoral writing through a trajectorial lens: an exploratory study on challenges, strategies and relationships. Higher Education. 87, pp. 491-508. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-023-01019-7

TitleDoctoral writing through a trajectorial lens: an exploratory study on challenges, strategies and relationships
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGimenez, J., Paterson, R. and Specht, D.
Abstract

Doctoral writing has burgeoned as a field of inquiry in the past decade. However, questions still remain as to how doctoral researchers navigate their writing trajectories, the strategies they deploy to deal with challenges, and what and who helps to shape their writing experiences. These questions may have resulted from the rather snapshot perspective followed by some existing research, failing to reveal developmental aspects of doctoral writing. This article argues that a trajectorial perspective on doctoral writing, offered here as a methodological lens, can help to shed some light on such questions, and provide effective guidance for pedagogic interventions. A group of six doctoral researchers were interviewed about their experiences as academic and professional writers, and about the texts they had written along their writing trajectories. An analysis of the data revealed a number of challenges these doctoral writers faced at specific stages of their writing trajectory, the strategies they deployed to deal with these challenges, the relationships they established along the way and how they changed at specific times, and what they have found most helpful to advance their writing. Based on the results, this exploratory study offers possible pedagogic interventions for specific stages of the doctoral writing trajectory.

Keywordsdoctoral writing
trajectorial perspective
writing strategies
challenges and relationships
writing pedagogy
JournalHigher Education
Journal citation87, pp. 491-508
ISSN0018-1560
Year2024
PublisherSpringer
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-023-01019-7
PubMed ID37362753
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-023-01019-7
Publication dates
Published online03 Mar 2023
Published in print2024

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