Developing "the Wings to Really Fly": The experiences of four postdoctoral research fellows within an Australian university faculty of education

Tuija Turunen, Sandra Wong, Laurette Bristol, Siew Yin Ho

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    Abstract

    Postdoctoral research fellowships are a recent phenomenon in teacher education and little has been documented about them. This paper presents findings from a study in which the experiences of research fellows in a rural university were investigated. The data were gathered as audio recordings from peer mentoring meetings, notes from these meetings, individual reflective journals, and interviews conducted with six key informants. The analysis highlights that the experience of research fellowships was marked by a need to negotiate four competing, though not necessarily exclusive, demands related to the institute’s research productivity, its research culture and teaching, and personal professional goals. A range of institutional practices and individual characteristics mediated these negotiations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number217974
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalEducation Research International
    Volume2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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