‘This object really touched me’: Using Le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory to explore stories of the self on an international professional doctorate development programme

O'Connor, Jane and Wheatcroft, L. and Chun, Cao and Thanh, Hai Pham Thi and Wiyarsi, Antuni and Doan, Huy Nguyen Hoang and Nguyen, Huu and Thu, Lieu Le Thi and Huynh, Tan and Luu, Hanh (2022) ‘This object really touched me’: Using Le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory to explore stories of the self on an international professional doctorate development programme. Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education. ISSN 2578-3858

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Abstract

This piece reflects on an innovative introductory workshop for an international professional doctorate development project based on Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’ (2019). In the session academic supervisors from four participating countries shared stories about their own experiences of doing a doctorate using a bag of everyday objects which reminded them of their time as students. The exercise gave the group an opportunity to begin to get to know each other and to appreciate the complexity and challenge that completing a doctorate whilst working and balancing other personal and family responsibilities entails. Drawing on humanist pedagogical approaches which value the inner world of the learner (Khatib et al, 2013) and taking inspiration from previous arts based approaches to identity work for education students and practitioners (Kendall et al 2015) the piece argues for the importance of making space for story-tellings about the self from the outset of professional doctorate programmes.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/25783858.2022.2071129
Dates:
DateEvent
25 April 2022Accepted
17 May 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional doctorates; working students; carrier bag theory; Le Guin; story-telling
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Jane O'connor
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 15:23
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 10:41
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13179

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