Stories return personal narrative ways of knowing to the professional development of doctoral supervisors

Coralie McCormack

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    Abstract

    Storytellers have always known that there is more to a story than ‘just a good yarn’. It is through stories that individuals construct and reconstruct their sense of self as they learn ‘to be’ in the world. Learning through stories is common across a number of professional contexts. However, storied approaches are under-utilised in supervisor professional development programs. This paper argues that telling, receiving, reading, writing and re-writing stories can open to doctoral supervisors a way to negotiate the chaotic pedagogy of becoming and being a doctoral supervisor. Two examples of storytelling – interactive telling and reading of stories of research student experience and supervisor autobiographical writing – illustrate how the art of storytelling can return personal narrative ways of knowing to professional development in today's performance-driven higher degree by research context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-154
    Number of pages16
    JournalStudies in Continuing Education
    Volume31
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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