Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

should doctoral researchers blog?

I often get asked about the pros and cons of doctoral researchers blogging, and I know other colleagues do too. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to the question of course, it’s always an “It depends”. But here’s a … Continue reading

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the academic reference

I’ve recently read Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. The book is constructed as a series of letters, many of them academic references, written by one Jason T. Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing and English, Department of English, Payne University. … Continue reading

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thinking about research questions

I’ve been asked a few times to post about research questions. My response up to now has been that there is already a lot out there on the topic and I’m not sure what I could add. But of course … Continue reading

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conference blog: the put-down

Do unto others/what goes around/karma and other such truisms constitute the unwritten conference rule. This goes from pushing in ahead of people in the loo line to making rude remarks about people’s work. However, this rule is sometimes broken, particularly … Continue reading

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conference blog: survival essentials

So you’ve arrived at the conference venue and you’ve registered. You’ve got your conference bag and had a quick look to find the printed programme. There’s other papers in there too. Publicity leaflets about forthcoming books. Publicity materials about the … Continue reading

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conference blog: beware the conference app

This is a guest post written by Dr Julie Rowlands from Deakin University, Australia. Greetings from the ECER conference at Porto. As a recently appointed academic after a mid-life career change, this is my first international conference. It is very … Continue reading

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conference blog: managing the programme

So you’ve registered for the conference, and now you have the programme. It might be slim, or not. The ECER conference I’m at is not small but it’s not the largest around either – it’s usually somewhere around two to … Continue reading

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