From Practitioner to Researcher: A Threshold Concept – A personal reflection on my own 'tug of war'

Sarah Elliott, Angela Glynn, Jane Morris

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A threshold concept can be considered as a gateway, opening up a new way of thinking about something. In this paper, I share my personal journey and reflections as I embark upon a professional doctorate programme. I share my changing ontological and epistemological views as I undertake a paradigm shift moving from clinician to researcher. As a consequence of understanding a threshold concept, I will share my transformed worldview and the impact of this upon my doctoral studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


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  • epistemology
  • ontology
  • paradigm shift
  • threshold concept

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