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Writing together to foster wellbeing: doctoral writing groups as spaces of wellbeing


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Beasy, K ORCID: 0000-0002-5998-1419, Emery, S, Dyer, L, Coleman, B ORCID: 0000-0003-0373-2269, Bywaters, D, Garrad, T-A ORCID: 0000-0003-2845-4971, Crawford, J ORCID: 0000-0002-2191-6216, Swarts, KM ORCID: 0000-0002-0421-0406 and Jahangiri, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5139-8213 2020 , 'Writing together to foster wellbeing: doctoral writing groups as spaces of wellbeing' , Higher Education Research and Development , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1713732.

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Candidate wellbeing is recognised as a continual challenge fordoctoral programs, with government mandates requiring aninstitutional response. This article explores the experiences ofcandidates undertaking intensive writing sessions (‘Write-Ins’) andtheir influence on their wellbeing. Exploratory findingsdemonstrate opportunities for Write-In models to contributepositively to ‘Spaces of Wellbeing’. Spaces of Wellbeing theoryhighlights four dimensions of space that influence wellbeing:capability, security, integrative and therapeutic spaces. Findingsshow the Write-Ins contributed positively to wellbeing by offeringspace for candidates to enhance writing productivity, to work totheir own pace, to connect with others, and to work flexibly.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Beasy, K and Emery, S and Dyer, L and Coleman, B and Bywaters, D and Garrad, T-A and Crawford, J and Swarts, KM and Jahangiri, S
Keywords: doctoral candidate, spaces of wellbeing, postgraduate wellbeing, doctoral writing
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Research and Development
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0729-4360
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1713732
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Copyright 2020 HERDSA. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Higher Education Research and Development on 20/01/2020, available online:

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