The phenomenon of doctoral student motherhood/mothering in academia: cultural construction, presentation of self, and situated learning

CohenMiller, A. (2014). The phenomenon of doctoral student motherhood/mothering in academia: cultural construction, presentation of self, and situated learning, The University of Texas at San Antonio. PhD: 134.

This study examined the phenomenon of doctoral student motherhood/mothering in academia in a unique way by utilizing (1) an interdisciplinary theoretical framework,(2) examining the experiences of doctoral students who have become mothers for the first time, and (3) by integrating visual data collection into a phenomenological study. Participants included four doctoral student mothers from across colleges at one university. Three interviews were conducted with each participant and included visual data collection during each interview (e.g., drawing created by the participant). Additional data sources included a demographic/background questionnaire and archival data.