Spiral Processes of Becoming:Women's Experiences Within the Context of Doctoral Education
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore women's experiences of being a doctoral student. We report on interviews from 11 women, 8 of whom were Caucasian and 3 of whom were African-American. Participants in the study described their experiences as doctoral students in ways that reflected a spiraling process of becoming. This process included experiences of confidence, support and self-discovery. This research has implications for nursing faculty and women engaged in doctoral education as well as for women who anticipate entering doctoral programs.
Journal of Nursing Education
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