Research Poems – What Are They Up To?

Researchers in education tell me about their poems. I only have to mention that my research is in poetry education and before you know it I’m being asked about publication and performance, and what I think of rap. I go to conferences and there’s an education researcher freestyling about their topic. I open an education thesis in the library and there’s a poem half way through its reflexive workout. Surrounded by research poems, unsure what to make of them, I figured I’d better investigate. So, what exactly are research poems?

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The PhD Experience as an Apprenticeship into Academia

Throughout the three years of my PhD I had the opportunity to contribute to different research projects, to publish, and to teach; although it might seem like a bit of a cliché to say that the experience was an apprenticeship into academia, for me, that’s exactly what it was. So here are a few personal reflections on what I feel were the most influential factors in progressing from the PhD, to a postdoc position on the MEITS project, and ultimately into a lectureship.

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Research for Change: Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) state that “no one should be left behind”. SDG#4 on education addresses both rights to education – through access; and rights in education –  specifically acknowledging that education must be of quality. In our recent report, Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities, we argue that if children with disabilities are to be fully included in quality education we must focus on the interlinked aspects of rights, resources and research.

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My #PhDshelfie: Michelle

When I was planning my transatlantic move and really being forced to think about what kinds of books might come with me, and later how I would build my library here, I largely ignored academic texts. When packing, I chose books – and films – that would be a reminder of home, but also things that that would remind me why I chose to pursue this career. My hope was that I would become better at stepping back from the work and into a literary space that remained enjoyable and could act as a balm for a too-often overtired mind.

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Raising the Bar? Why PhD Students and Postdocs Publish and Perish, and How They Could Publish and Flourish Instead (Part 2)

I propose here that to publish and flourish the focus must shift from our obsessions with metrics to our contributions to knowledge. The metrics are merely (or at least should be) by-products of the research process. To flourish within this crude system, let me offer some tips on getting published frequently and publishing well to thrive in your first postdoctoral years in academia.

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