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It is fairly uncommon for a PhD student to conduct a study that looks at PhD education, and this paper discusses the challenges and advantages of my experience as a PhD student in conducting a PhD research about the PhD. This PhD research project was not an action research or self-reflective of my own educational journey. In this paper, I identify the challenges concerning my position as both a PhD student and a researcher exploring the educational processes of the PhD, and illustrate the ways I adopted to overcome these challenges. I also point out that having addressed these challenges; there are advantages due to the concurrent position of being a PhD student and a researcher that contributed to the development of new knowledge in the field of PhD education.
Doctoral Research, Insider-Outsider, Reflexivity, Sensitivity, Hierarchical Pitfall, Interviewer-Interviewee Relationship, Doctoral Education
This research project is part of a doctoral study at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. I would that this opportunity to extend my gratitude to my supervisors and other colleagues who have commented on the methodology of my research project. Appreciation is also extended to the anonymous referee who had helped to improve the article. Yet, all remaining errors are mine.
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Wan, C. (2016). Positional Challenges and Advantages of a PhD Student Researching the PhD. The Qualitative Report, 21(7), 1193-1202. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2016.2411
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