Reader in Education Geoff Hill has written a blog all about supervision. His latest post is about “Provisioning the research environment for creativity”. Here are some highlights from his blog:
Research supervision has been described as a practice “traditionally conducted behind the closed door” (McWilliam, and Palmer, 1995, 32)
I am seeing emergent agendas for nurturing creativity in higher degree research:
Science PhDs looking for ways to adopt more exciting and user friendly publications of their scientific discoveries. https://artefactconservation.wordpress.com/
The ‘Bright club’ extolling the virtues of more creative lecturing.https://www.ucl.ac.uk/public-engagement/brightclub
Name: Geof Hill
Role at BCU: I am a reader in (Higher ) Education in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
- I am interested in practice-led research and using that in any of the professional practices.
- I am also interested in creative ways of publishing and disseminating one’s research and specialise in publishing my research in cabaret.
Research you are currently working on: I have just published a practice-led inquiry on my using cabaret as research dissemination. I am working with a colleague to make explicit a notion of ‘provenance’ which we have situated in practice-led inquiry as a reflective process to initiate practice-led inquiry.
I am working with other colleagues on the use of practitioner stories to provide insights into a range of business, education and health practices.
Research methodologies you are using: Practice-led inquiry ( which means that the inquiry begins with the researcher’s/inquirer’s own story of their exposure and development fo the practice they are investigating.
Current issues, thoughts and reflections on education & research: Educational research is enjoying a new resurgence as practice based inquiry is revalidated as a worthwhile way for people to investigate a range of educational issues.
At BCU it is also exciting that there is a culture of encouraging people to both research and disseminate their research using creative approaches,.
Most influential research you have read/seen: Guba and Lincoln’s (1982) challenge to the hegemony of the positivist paradigm was concept changing for me. Previously I had accepted the dominance of positivist research and now I can see how that is flawed when it is used with any people issues.
Advice for new researchers: Keep a journal so that you will be able to recognise the ways in which you change as a researcher through your candidature. Document the very first thing troubling you and with that issue it can become the topic of your dissertation.
Mini fact about you: I worked as an actor on the television series ‘medivac’.