In the field of doctoral student education, novice researcher identity literature is largely authored by research supervisors or other senior scholars. Novice researchers’ firsthand accounts of their triumphs and tribulations are relatively un(der)represented. This autoethnography draws on data generated through reflexive analytic memos and conversations with my academic advisor to offer just that: a firsthand account of my researcher debut, including the inherent vulnerabilities I experienced throughout the practicum process. The paper then asks the reader to consider what it might look like for doctoral education programs to make visible the ongoing internal negotiations of one’s researcher identity.
Autoethnography, Researcher Identity, Vulnerability, Novice Researcher, Doctoral Education
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Kennedy, L. M. (2020). Confessions of a Novice Researcher: An Autoethnography of Inherent Vulnerabilities. The Qualitative Report, 25(6), 1526-1539. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss6/7