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Step into the lives of extraordinary women leaders in this groundbreaking volume. This compelling collection presents autoethnographies of twenty-five women leaders in English Language Teaching (ELT) from around the world. Grounded in key leadership theories and ELT research, these narratives examine the intersectionality of gender, race, culture, and transnational experiences in shaping leadership identities. Authors candidly share their triumphs and challenges, inspiring readers to embrace their own leadership potential and effect change in their communities and beyond. By articulating the personal, institutional and global complexities, the narratives inform our understanding of how ELT teachers navigate the path to leadership.

Contributors are: Tasha Austin, Lena Barrantes-Elizondo, Kisha Bryan, Quanisha Charles, May F. Chung, Ayanna Cooper, Tanya Cowie, Taslim Damji, Darlyne de Haan, Su Yin Khor, Sarah Henderson Lee, Gloria Park, Ana-Marija Petrunic, Doaa Rashed, Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Teri Rose Dominica Roh, Mary Romney-Schaab, Amira Salama, Cristina Sánchez-Martín, Xatli Stox, Debra Suarez, Shannon Tanghe, Lan Wang-Hiles, Marie Webb and Amea Wilbur.
Perspectives in Physical and Health Education
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This book is tailored for those navigating the diverse landscapes of doctoral work in physical and health education. Delve into the doctoral journey as our expert authors unveil the challenges unique to the realm of physical and health education. From research methodologies to innovative pedagogical approaches, the authors offer insights into overcoming obstacles and thriving in the academic arena. Immerse yourself in the narratives of seasoned scholars who have walked the same path. Their stories of resilience, breakthroughs, and personal growth serve as sources of inspiration, providing you with practical advice and mentorship toward your academic pursuits.

Contributors are: Daniel W. Balderson, Joe Barrett, Stephen Berg, Heidi Jancer Ferreira, Colin G. Pennington, Simon Schaerz, Eishin Teraoka and William Walters.
In: The Doctoral Journey

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This chapter reports my experience of pursuing and completing a doctorate. Through this narrative, I describe the circumstances, challenges, and support I found to succeed along my doctoral journey. From my positionality as a Brazilian in-service physical education teacher, I emphasize the importance of applying to the right doctoral program and at the right time. In doing so, I detail the strategies I employed to prepare for delving into the doctoral process. Calling on a prior experience as a Health-Physical Education worker, I reveal that my concerns about professional practice acted as a driving force in the definition of my research topic on the integration between health and education through health pedagogies. Moving to the evolving research proposal and selection of methodology, I highlight how an opportunity I had as a visiting doctoral student abroad allowed me to access new perspectives and reframe the study design. Despite the tight schedule after the internship, my narrative expresses my enthusiasm for doing fieldwork and passing my qualification exam. In this sense, I indicate key factors that enabled me to positively experience the doctoral journey, including autonomy to build my own learning path, guidance from two doctoral supervisors, a study leave grant, relationships, and engagement with physical activity. Also, I stress the ways I handled major struggles I faced while writing the dissertation in a second language and negotiating two scholarly cultures in my work. Finally, I share my reflections on three relevant aspects about my doctoral experience: focus on the professional learning process; collaboration among peers; and life experiences outside the doctoral world.

In: The Doctoral Journey
In: The Doctoral Journey

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This chapter outlines the process of choosing and working with a doctoral supervisor. The chapter is written from the perspective of a doctoral supervisor and provides an overview of areas to consider such as first impressions as you meet with a potential supervisor, determining if your working relationship is compatible, and offers strategies for success as you begin the adventure together. Key ideas discussed are supervisor selection, topic generation, committee determination, and successful communication. These areas all have the potential to be critical factors for the successful completion of a student’s doctoral work. This chapter will specifically outline one professor’s journey through the doctoral process from initial contact to graduation and everything in between. Lessons learned, success stories, and important factors that led to an effective relationship are shared. Through an intimate look at this process from the lens of your supervisor, the reader will have a better understanding of key steps to ensure a successful journey.

In: The Doctoral Journey
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This chapter chronicles my doctoral journey as a non-native English-speaking Japanese student pursuing a doctorate in Scotland. My doctoral journey began in 2013 when I was a Master’s student at the University of Tsukuba (Japan) and ended in 2020 when I completed my doctoral journey at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). To begin with, as an international student, meeting the English language requirement for a postgraduate program was the first roadblock in my doctoral journey. Despite taking over two years after receiving a Master’s degree to receive a university offer, my doctoral studies officially began in October 2016. Following that, I faced numerous challenges in each stage, such as selecting the appropriate research topic and methods, conducting data collection fieldwork, and writing the thesis. Further, to the best of my knowledge, because no one has ever done this before, it is worth sharing my experiences with an online viva due to the pandemic. My doctoral journey experiences were significantly beneficial to my personal and professional growth. Meanwhile, I realised that my supervisor, colleagues, friends, and family members have supported and encouraged me to overcome obstacles critical to my survival on the journey. Finally, I would like to offer some advice to international students considering a doctoral journey abroad in the future.

In: The Doctoral Journey
In: The Doctoral Journey
In: The Doctoral Journey
In: The Doctoral Journey