Identity-Trajectories of Early Career Researchers

Unpacking the Post-PhD Experience

Authors: McAlpine, Lynn, Amundsen, Cheryl

  • Explores how the identities of early career researchers are affected by their career development
  • Focuses on the decision-making processes guiding the careers of contingent researchers and teachers, assistant professors and PhD graduates working outside the academy
  • Integrates conceptual, methodological and empirical perspectives 
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The book asks how we can make sense of career paths for PhD graduates, something that has rarely been systematically studied. It offers a coherent synthesis of the empirically-based insights that arose from the experiences of 48 early career researchers, who were participants in a 10-year qualitative longitudinal research program. The book has the power to inform other researchers’ conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of post-PhD career trajectories. 
The authors draw on the conceptual lens of ‘identity-trajectory’, which emerged from their research program, to examine the decision-making processes underpinning the careers of PhD graduates, whether contingent researchers and teachers, assistant professors within the academy or professionals elsewhere. The book highlights the role of personal agency in negotiating academic and non-academic work and careers within broader personal lives. It will be compelling reading for researchers and students working in the areas of Education and Sociology, particularly those with an interest in examining career development and decision-making.

About the authors

Lynn McAlpine is Professor Emerita of Higher Education Development at the University of Oxford, UK, and Professor Emerita at McGill University, Canada. Her research has consistently examined how individuals engage in and learn from the work they are doing, with the goal of providing pedagogical as well as research insights.    Cheryl Amundsen is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines. Her previous and ongoing research has focused on how academics make instructional decisions based on disciplinary knowledge and the use of inquiry as a method of professional development in teaching.

Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95287-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95286-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Identity-Trajectories of Early Career Researchers
Book Subtitle
Unpacking the Post-PhD Experience
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95287-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95287-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95286-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 220
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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