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ICDE GDC Session: Motherhood and the doctoral experience

April 3, 2024 at 17:00 - 18:30 UTC+2

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ICDE welcomes all PhD/EdD students, candidates and experts within the Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (OFDL) field to our next interactive GDC session!

This event is open to all.

Support during the doctoral journey

This event shares reflections from our forthcoming edited book: Hoven, D.,Farrell, O. (Eds) Motherhood and the Doctoral Journey: Recipes for Success and Survival. The aim of the book is to document and explore the experiences of mothers and their journeys through doctoral studies. Using case studies of autoethnography as the methodology, this book shares the voices of fifteen mothers from Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, the UK, and the United States at different stages of the doctoral journey, studying through the modes of distance, online and/or part time.

The challenges these women face are underexplored in the literature but are crucial for broadening participation of women in the higher education system internationally (Mason, Bond, Ledger, 2023; Brown & Watson, 2010; Webber, 2017). Mothers pursuing doctoral degrees face multiple challenges, including balancing their diverse caring responsibilities with family, study, and work, while feeling isolated and excluded from the institutional culture and support systems which can manifest in hiding academic and personal struggles (Brown & Watson, 2010; Onwuegbuzie et al., 2014).

At this event we will share our experiences of editing and writing the book, our indicative findings and recommendations on how higher education can better support mothers who are doctoral students.


Prof. Debra Hoven (Editor and chapter contributor)
Dr Orna Farrell (Editor and chapter contributor)
Dr Nicole Johnson (Chapter contributor)
Prof. Yvonne Poitras Pratt (Chapter contributor)
Dr Rima Al Tawil (Chapter contributor)

This event is open to all and will include the opportunity to raise questions and share comments on the challenge balancing commitments and family roles with the PhD journey.

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