KEY FEATURES: A focus on the actual process and value of shared learning is emphasized with the inclusion of research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and the authors’ own programs. Inclusion of themes such as joy, experimentation, and creativity serve as guideposts for doctoral learning and ease anxieties regarding performance. End-of-chapter lists of practical tips summarize the main learning points that can be drawn from each chapter. Cross-disciplinary applicability makes the book appropriate for use in such fields as education, political science, and business administration.

“Get a Life” or Simply “Live Your Life”

Lene Tanggaard Charlotte Wegener


Purpose: This chapter discusses questions related to academic life and identity during and beyond the doctoral studies. It addresses how apprenticeship relations continue, change, and end.

Central message: Learning to become a researcher cannot be considered a disinterested, neutral, and nonpersonal process. We are always developing as persons along the journey of becoming researchers.

Takeaways: It is pertinent during the research education to spend time considering what might happen after the study and how one can begin to plan a career during the PhD studies. Learning and identity formation as a researcher is a life-long process.


Researcher identity, the doctoral journey, start before you are ready, entering ...

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