Into the Labyrinth : A PhD Comprehensive PortfolioMain MenuTable of ContentsHere you can see the linear construction of this comprehensive portfolio documentIntroductionThis is an introduction to me as an individual, a learner, and a teacherWelcome to the LabyrinthThis examines why this metaphor is applied to my PhD experience.Step By StepDescribing the process of moving into and through the PhD to this pointThe Center of the LabyrinthThis section lays out the path toward this point in time and the comprehensive portfolio.Conclusionfinal thoughts and next steps from this comprehensive portfolio productionReferencesThis is a full reference list for the comprehensive portfolio, also available in alphabetic notes.Appendicessupporting documents for this comprehensive portfoliohjdewaardc6c8628c72182a103f1a39a3b1e6de4bc774ea06
12020-03-27T16:37:37+00:00hjdewaardc6c8628c72182a103f1a39a3b1e6de4bc774ea0612definitional noteplain2020-05-02T17:00:35+00:00hjdewaardc6c8628c72182a103f1a39a3b1e6de4bc774ea06Deleuze and Guattari (1987) posit the concepts of "rhizome" and "rhizomatic" to describe research that suggests various, non-linear, non-hierarchical forms, multiple entry and exit points, and multiplicity in research representations and interpretations. As a philosophy, rhizomatics "seeks to interrupt linear, normative ways of thinking about human phenomena, ontology, and epistemology" (Strom & Martin, 2017, p. 2). Rhizomatics focuses on questions relevant to context, function, and production (Strom & Martin, 2017). Ovens et al., (2016) explore three concepts relevant to rhizomatics - assemblage, becoming, and lines of flight - that connect, but are not explicitly integrated into this comprehensive portfolio
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12020-03-27T12:43:20+00:00Learning Experiences20As part of the introduction, background information about my learning experiences helps establish positionality.plain2020-05-04T15:27:04+00:00
"The rhizome that incorporates the multiplicities of the entirety of the individual’s history is a complex meshwork of connections that cannot be divided or reduced to its parts; rather, it is an intensive multiplicity that cannot be divided without changing its nature" (Gorodetsky & Barak, 2016, p. 87).
In order to understand my PhD journey, I need to examine and reflect on the learning experiences that ground it. Like the rhizome described by Gorodetsky and Barak (2016), my entire learning history is intertwined into a multiplicity. I am and learn in a complex meshwork of connections.
In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks (1994) posits that “teachers must be actively committed to a process of self-actualization that promotes their own well-being if they are to teach in a manner that empowers students” (1994, p. 15). For this comprehensive portfolio, self actualization is not framed by Mazlow's hierarchy or Rogers' notions of self (Geller, 1982) but rather on the conception of rhizomatically becoming (Ovens, Strom, & Garbett, 2016). My self-actualization, as grounded in my ontology and epistemology, is a rhizomatic "ongoing, iterative and generative process" (Ovens, Strom, & Garbett, 2016, p. 182) to make experiences explicit, make tacit knowledge evident, and to openly share my reflection and interpretations.
My learning experiences while completing a capstone project for the Masters of Educational Technology (MET) at the University of British Columbia are applicable to this comprehensive portfolio since it is a similarly reflective assemblage capturing my learning (see My Reflections to learn more). My MET capstone project was completed over three months, applied a metaphor to the process and product, and was framed by Wenger, Trayner, & De Laat's (2011) conceptual framework for promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks (graphic created to encapsulate the capstone project). Embedded into this culminating project is evidence of epistemology, ontology, and reflexive practice, grounded in research by 'experts' (see The Experts in My Renovations).
My personal and professional learning includes a two-year retreat experience focused on the writing of Parker J. Palmer (1997). This deeply influenced who I am as a teacher and learner. As a result of this Courage to Teach experience, I discovered truths about myself as a learner. I know that I learn best in a community shaped by open conversations about reflective reading and writing. As a learner, I am comfortable learning on the edge of possibility, within complex, paradoxical, and transitional times and spaces. I am attentive to the cyclic and seasonal nature of learning, both my own and that of my students. These learning journeys have set foundational and contextual frameworks that shape, influence, and support my PhD journey into the labyrinth.
As you venture into the labyrinth to explore my story, it may be helpful to learn some navigational tips before you begin. Please take a look at the Labyrinth Navigation page to ground your steps, since they are non-linear and may lead you to paths unknown.
12020-04-11T16:02:09+00:00Glossary15Definition of terms and conceptsplain2020-05-02T17:19:01+00:00Here are the individual terms and concepts used throughout this comprehensive portfolio, inserted as notes and linked within pages and content.