Department of Education

New education blog and book launched

Fri Jan 24 14:17:00 GMT 2014

 
Research students Elsa Lee, Emma Seal and Chloe Blackmore presenting their book - Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience

— Research students Elsa Lee, Emma Seal and Chloe Blackmore presenting their book - Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience

 

We are pleased to announce a twin launch of the Department of Education’s new blog Education Research@Bath and new book Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience, edited by current PhD students Elsa Lee, Emma Seal and Chloe Blackmore.

The two items were presented at an event on 10 January that was attended by staff and students from the University, including Professor Ian Butler (Dean of Faculty) and the University Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Jane Millar.

Speaking about the success of the book launch, Professor Steve Gough (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies) commented: “This book launch event perfectly illustrates the relationship between the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School and its doctoral students. Elsa, Emma and Chloe have made their own individual PhD journeys. They have also added to our knowledge of that educational process through their own informed reflection, and through critical comparison of their own insights with those of others.”

Education Research@Bath blog

The Education Research@Bath blog brings together our research community. It connects those who do not regularly have the opportunity to interact around issues of educational research, as well as providing a forum for sharing information about current projects, events, and publications. The aim of the blog is to create new synergies between researchers.

Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience

PhD students Elsa Lee, Chloe Blackmore and Emma Seal were members of the organising committee for the Department of Education Student Conference in 2012. Together they initiated and completed a publication based on that conference and subsequent follow up events entitled: Research Journeys: A Collection of Narratives of the Doctoral Experience.

This book includes contributions from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Bath (mainly from the Department of Education) and from different institutions in the South West.

The book has been welcomed by members of the broader academic community.

 

Book reviews

“Whilst there is no shortage of ‘How to…’ books in this field, there is a need for more of what we have here – something raw, visceral, honest and hard-wired to recent experiences. I predict this will be popular reading amongst PhD students, who should then recommend it to their supervisors.”

- Professor David James, Director, ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

“Despite laudable efforts by bodies such as QAA, UKCGE and others, there is still often a mismatch between doctoral student expectations and doctoral student experience: by ‘lifting the lid’ on some aspects of this experience, the authors offer valuable insights into the doctoral journey. I applaud the authors for this effort and will recommend this volume to all students and supervisors.”

- Professor Ingrid Lunt, University of Oxford