Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Threshold Concepts and Postgraduate
Struggles: The Development of a
F...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
One element of
Doctorateness =
making an original
contribution to
one...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
A threshold is a . . .
“portal, opening up a new
and previously inacc...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
A transformed worldview can include understanding and
explaining conc...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
The notion of doctoral liminality
was the focus of this study.
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
A liminal state is a period of transition
during a rite of passage, t...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Regardless of discipline, nationality, age,
type of doctorate, or any...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Lack of confidence and impostor syndrome…
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Isolation and loneliness…
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
.
and research misalignment
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Liminal periods often ended suddenly with an
Aha! moment of clarity i...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Each passed through his or her own difficult and
murky Liminal Black ...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Yet, they did not pass through
doctoral liminality all alone.
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Each one had some support in this dark
period, some actant that helpe...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Of importance to note, none could walk the
path in proxy for the post...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Doctoral Liminality . . .
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
This theory of Doctoral Liminality, and
especially the Ladder of Limi...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Two Questions to Consider
Does Doctoral Liminality speak to your
expe...
Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014
Threshold Concepts and Postgraduate
Struggles: The Development of a
F...
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Threshold Concepts and Postgraduate Struggles: The Development of a Framework to Support Learners through Doctoral Liminality

  1. 1. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Threshold Concepts and Postgraduate Struggles: The Development of a Framework to Support Learners through Doctoral Liminality Jeffrey M. Keefer New York University / Pace University / VNSNY, USA 5th Biennial International Threshold Concepts Conference Collingwood College, Durham University, UK July 9-11, 2014
  2. 2. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 One element of Doctorateness = making an original contribution to one’s field.
  3. 3. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 A threshold is a . . . “portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something” that . . . “represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress” (Meyer & Land, 2003, p. 1).
  4. 4. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 A transformed worldview can include understanding and explaining conceptual frameworks, the ability to engage in a solid review of the literature, and even the experience of ontological or epistemological shifts while along the doctoral journey.
  5. 5. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 The notion of doctoral liminality was the focus of this study.
  6. 6. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 A liminal state is a period of transition during a rite of passage, that point where an identity shift occurs. The person who entered the rite is no longer the same, nor have they yet transitioned into their new life as a result of completing their rite (vanGennep, 1960; Turner, 2011).
  7. 7. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Regardless of discipline, nationality, age, type of doctorate, or any other demographic qualifier, liminal experiences fell into at least one of three thematically distinct, though related, categories.
  8. 8. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Lack of confidence and impostor syndrome…
  9. 9. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Isolation and loneliness…
  10. 10. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 . and research misalignment
  11. 11. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Liminal periods often ended suddenly with an Aha! moment of clarity illuminating the way. The threshold was crossed.
  12. 12. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Each passed through his or her own difficult and murky Liminal Black Box of personal challenges.
  13. 13. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Yet, they did not pass through doctoral liminality all alone.
  14. 14. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Each one had some support in this dark period, some actant that helped support them through their liminal periods— supervisors, friends, family, and even theories themselves.
  15. 15. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Of importance to note, none could walk the path in proxy for the postgraduate. They could only provide scaffolding for or hold the Ladder; each participant had to navigate their own paths and climb their own Ladder of Liminality.
  16. 16. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Doctoral Liminality . . .
  17. 17. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 This theory of Doctoral Liminality, and especially the Ladder of Liminality, may be a useful frame to understand some of the struggles along the doctoral journey, especially the individual’s need to walk the solitary path of original contribution to one’s field, though always with some support along the way.
  18. 18. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Two Questions to Consider Does Doctoral Liminality speak to your experience? What implication does Doctoral Liminality have for Threshold Concept theory?
  19. 19. Jeffrey M. Keefer ~ @JeffreyKeefer ~ #thresholds2014 Threshold Concepts and Postgraduate Struggles: The Development of a Framework to Support Learners through Doctoral Liminality Jeffrey M. Keefer New York University / Pace University / VNSNY, USA 5th Biennial International Threshold Concepts Conference Collingwood College, Durham University, UK July 9-11, 2014

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