Central Events and Causal Connections: A Narrative Inquiry-Study among Colombian Female Scholars in their Processes as writers

Keywords: publishing, lived experiences, narratives, decoloniality, academic writing, writing process, academic visibility


In the Colombian context there has been an increase in the interest for publishing in high impact academic journals. This is due to various factors such as institutional requirements, hiring requirements, categorization of teachers and academic visibility. The purpose of this research-based paper, as a decolonial report, is to portray the central events and the causal connections of three female Colombian authors in their process as writers for academic purposes. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews that emphasized on Van Manen's (1997) four lifeworld existential dimensions that include lived time, lived space, lived body, and lived relation. These dimensions helped us uncover the essences of lived experience. Results indicated that central events and causal connections affect the authors’ experiences in their process as writers.  The key ingredients female authors judge as important events were social interactions with mentors and the context.

Author Biographies

Bertha Ramos-Holguín, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Colombia

holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC), an M.A in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language and a B.A in Modern Languages from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. She is currently a researcher and an English professor in the School of Languages at UPTC.  As part of the research group TONGUE, she has authored and coauthored research academic papers and English textbooks.

Anna Carolina Peñaloza-Rallón, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

holds a master’s in Language Teaching from the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona. She is currently a researcher and a professor in the master´s in Language Teaching from UPTC. She teaches a course in Second Language Acquisitioning and Academic Writing. She is part of the research group TONGUE. She is an advocate of critical pedagogies and social equity in the community.


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How to Cite
Ramos-Holguín, B., & Peñaloza-Rallón, A. C. (2020). Central Events and Causal Connections: A Narrative Inquiry-Study among Colombian Female Scholars in their Processes as writers. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, 20, 33-63. https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.770