This paper shows how I used my research journal mainly as a reflective tool throughout the process of applying for and completing a PhD. Embarking on a PhD can be daunting for anyone and I was challenged by my lack of academic self-efficacy. In the absence of a formal academic mentor my research journal became my confidante, a tool that helped me make progress at times when barriers to research seemed insurmountable. It helped me decrease the cognitive dissonance I was experiencing about issues of subjectivity/objectivity and the positioning of my self in the research. This paper shares research journal entries as I take you on my research journey. The entries make public some of the values I uphold for my research and show how I found ways to embed my own epistemology as an Australian Aboriginal (Koori) researcher into a PhD that also meets a Western academic research paradigm.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Research Journal, Research Diary, Indigenous, Research Self-Efficacy, Early Career Academic, Qualitative Methods, Reflective Research
I wish to pay respect and thank my current supervisors for their support and wisdom. I also acknowledge my first supervisor, whose spirit remains connected to this work.
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Dickson, M. L. (2017). Journal Conversations: Building the Research Self-Efficacy of an Aboriginal Early Career Academic. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3154-3171. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2799
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