Category Archives: Research

SERA poverty and education network meeting 16th June 2015

SERA joined forces with the College Development Network and Scotland’s colleges to take part in the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas (#DangerousEd) – an annual ideas-fest full of interesting and creative change-orientated dangerous ideas, conversations and gatherings by and for educators … Continue reading

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Novice researcher encounters journal ranking: how does it work?

Flickr Photo: JoelMontes – CC BY-SA Last week I took part in a seminar with colleagues in the School of Social Sciences where we discussed the PhD experience; getting published; post-doc employment and what we should be doing while we’re … Continue reading

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What do professional learning policies say about the purposes of teacher education?

Aileen Kennedy (2014): What do professional learning policies say about the purposes of teacher education?  Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, DOI:10/1080.1359866x.2014.9940279 I’m preparing a 7 minute research paper for our next “teachmeet” tomorrow (we need a better name – researchmeet sounds … Continue reading

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Approaches to educational research

Busy day today but thankfully it didn’t involve 8am pre-exam piano lessons for my son, a lost schoolbag, piano exams, bashed cars, builders de-constructing my kitchen, emergency visits to the optician and meetings with students about laggy attendance. Like yesterday … Continue reading

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#AGENCYCHAT

Last month a few of us held a workshop to discuss agency in a way that was relevant to our work. Discussion time is invaluable, and we’re gradually widening our research post-graduate network to include colleagues in other disciplines so … Continue reading

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Hierarchical focusing in interviews

Tomlinson, P. (1989). Having it both ways: hierarchical focusing as research interview method. British Educational Research Journal, 15(2), 155-176.   I am steadily working through methodology issues from my review and have submitted a more extended piece of writing on it for … Continue reading

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Progress!

My progress review was two weeks ago and I passed. I knew where I would be challenged, and I knew where I was strong. The challenges left me feeling a bit exposed (in methodology and analysis especially) and this is … Continue reading

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Derrida

Deconstructions Our next PhD workshop approaches and this time as well as sharing some of our own writings, outlines of our studies and other readings we will be having a go at Derrida. I was almost looking forward to this … Continue reading

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Michel Callon and the Scallop Fishermen

Ethically sourced photos from John Johnston’s cc flickr search tool I’ve always loved coastlines – living in Banff in the north east of Scotland for most of my school days has left me with a rather sentimental hankering for rocky shores, … Continue reading

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Silverman on observation

Just finished reading a chapter by David Silverman on observation : Innumerable Inscrutable Habits: Why Unremarkable Things Matter. I really loved the way he wove some of my favourite books and authors into his arguments about seeing the remarkable in the … Continue reading

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