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Student attains PhD at 82 years of age

Friday, 03 June 2011


  • Athol’s thesis is an autoethnography, a form of autobiographical narrative that traces the writer’s life experiences.

    Athol’s thesis is an autoethnography, a form of autobiographical narrative that traces the writer’s life experiences.

Athol Barrett, a research student in the Faculty of Business and Law, has attained his PhD at 82 years of age.

Athol’s thesis is entitled ‘Capitalising on experience for an evolved era: a reflective practitioner study’. It is an autoethnography, a form of autobiographical narrative that traces the writer’s life experiences. Athol’s focused on his three roles as teacher, business entrepreneur and community activist throughout his thesis.

Athol reflects on how he has learned from his experiences, and maps the concepts that continually occurred in his reflections, guiding his subsequent practice in each of his three life and work phases.

Athol then relates these concepts to similar concepts established in academic literature and combines them into a single model. This model can be used by others to guide their own reflective practice.

Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh, Athol’s principal supervisor, believes that the thesis is a well-written and practical guide to reflective learning.

“The outcome of the thesis, while strongly argued in philosophical terms, is very practical, especially in terms of our organisational world of continual learning. It provides a guide to the key components of reflective learning,” he said.

Athol noted the contributions of The School of Management, The Faculty of Business and Law and the Graduate Research School in his success.

“The School of Management of the Faculty of Business and Law, together with the Graduate Research School, have facilitated a developmental study of my lifetime's work. Using reflective practice methodology, the study may also encourage others to capitalise on their work experiences for common benefit,” Athol said.

More information

For more information on Athol’s thesis, contact Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh.

Senior Lecturer
Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2130
Email: l.barratt_pugh@ecu.edu.au

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