I have been musing for some time about what I am going to do with myself in relation to further education and qualifications. I withdrew from my PhD at the beginning of the year and have been trying to make up my mind what to do next...if anything.
I have come to the conclusion that I do need to get a PhD or doctorate if I want any chance of being involved in research at a university level. But now I have moved into generalist education, I have decided a doctorate in education will be of more use to me than a PhD.
So I am applying to enrol in the University of Otago's Doctor in Education program. I think the structure will suit me and keep me on track better than a PhD will. It certainly doesn't look like any less work, but the approach of the course leader, Professor Kwok-Wing Lai, is to develop a community of practice/learning with his students which will provide me with the motivation and support I need.
Let's hope I get accepted. If I do, I start my studies at the beginning of January 2011.