Special issue edited by Kyungmee Lee, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.
This special issue consists of 16 autoethnographies and a collective reflection written by doctoral students on an online PhD programme in TEL. Autoethnography in this online doctoral programme is a deliberate attempt to move ourselves from marginal positions to central positions in our TEL research, creating more critical and ethical discourses and practices.
By investigating their own experiences of social injustice and associated struggles, online doctoral students learn how to critically engage with dominant TEL discourses that often dismiss the unjust social conditions in which a particular technology is developed and used. This special issue is intended to show other TEL researchers what it looks like for us to connect our personal struggles and academic engagement, reflecting on more ethical TEL research methods and practices.
A collection of online doctoral students’ authentic voices can be a unique add-on to the previous literature on doctoral education, helping readers to genuinely appreciate the great diversity of the group. Each autoethnography with a distinctive topic can also attract different groups of audiences.