Serving two masters: a reflective narrative of reconciling the tensions faced in designing doctoral research
Hyder, E. (2012) Serving two masters: a reflective narrative of reconciling the tensions faced in designing doctoral research. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11 (2). pp. 128-144. ISSN 1175-8708
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This paper presents a reflective narrative of the process of designing a PhD project. Using the analogy of the play 'One Man, Two Guvnors' , this paper discusses the tensions a beginning researcher faces in reconciling her own vision for a project with the academic demands of doctoral-level study. Focusing on an ethnographic study of a reading group for visually-impaired people, the paper explores how the researcher's developing understanding of the considerations necessary when working with disabled people impacted on the research design. In particular, it focuses on the conflict faced by doctoral students when working in a paradigm that requires actively involving research participants, thereby relinquishing some control over the project. The aim of the paper is to provide an honest narrative that will resonate with other beginning researchers.