Online Communities of Practice and doctoral study: working women with children resisting perpetual peripherality.

Date

2021-12

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1469-9486

Volume Title

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article examines the lived experience of working women with ‘children’ (defined as under 18 years old (NSPCC, 2020) undertaking part-time PhD study. While there exists wide literature on the isolation of doctoral experience, ‘mothers’ and all this identity may entail, has been overlooked. Drawing on 35 in-depth interviews, the experiences of this marginalised group in the higher education sector are explored. The study’s findings underline the tension between the public, private and professional domains, and the important role online Communities of Practice (CoP) can play in overcoming peripherality and helping to manage the context of gendered organizational cultures. The article highlights the role of online CoP in enhancing the experience of an otherwise marginalized group, providing a space for selfexpression, the development of a shared repertoire, and mutual engagement. It also has resonance in relation to the changing situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Keywords

Mothers, Doctorates, Communities of Practice, Alienation

Citation

Cronshaw, S.; Stokes, P. and McCulloch, A. (2021) Online Communities of Practice and doctoral study: working women with children resisting perpetual peripherality. Journal of Further and Higher Education,

Rights

Research Institute

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)