Name: Dr. Alex Wade
- Technology and Education
- Young People
- Digital Media and Relationships
- History of Technology
Research you are currently working on:
- Sexting and young people
- Use of Simulations in Speech and Language Therapy
- Fundamentals of General Practice Nursing Evaluation
- Lunch and Brunch Clubs Evaluation
- British Videogames of the 1980s
Research methodologies you are using: Genealogy; habitus; simulations and simulacra; dromology; cultural histories.
Current issues, thoughts and reflections on education & research: It continues to amaze me how many areas have so little research undertaken in them. If you can find an emergent, or under-researched area, you can potentially – if you so wish – have a whole life dedicated to research in a topic where it is impossible to exhaust the possibilities. The aphorism, ‘we spend all of our life learning and die stupid’ is never truer than when applied to research – and to education!
Most influential research you have read/seen: Jean Baudrillard’s The Transparency of Evil. In 1993 it appeared to be prescient, now it is prophetic.
Advice for new researchers: Your degree by research is a driving licence that allows you to undertake the real learning that takes place after you pass. You will never have the opportunity to do such an expansive and broad piece of work again (even if you write a book!). So, whether PhD or professional doctorate, it is a reference work and a tool, but most importantly a position that you will return to again and again and is the basis for everything that follows.
Mini fact about you: I can read upside down as proficiently as I can the ‘right way up’, which I understand is one of the pre-requisites for joining MI6. (I may actually be a triple agent . . . . )