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Of Personal Experience and Research Questions

Last December I posted an extract from my PhD thesis. In this post I share my introduction to the thesis (written in 1989). I do so at a time when I am increasing the number of students I am supervising at Masters and PhD level. The title of this Chapter is Of Personal Experience and Research Questions. My aim is to explore the process of framing of research questions and to provide an example for discussion. Introduction In 1983, I registered for a higher degree in the Institute of Educational Development at the University of Surrey. My aim was to conduct research into...

Do People Who Have Lost Their Voice Have To Do It?

Introduction I undertook three years of fieldwork in two schools in the mid 1980s as part of my part-time PhD studies in the teaching of boys' physical education in the secondary school. Other than a chapter in a book of readings edited by Andrew Sparkes (1992) the only account of my work is in the thesis (1989). The thesis raised some sensitive issues and with the agreement of those in my fieldwork I placed a voluntary embargo on publication. Twenty-one years on all those involved have moved from the fieldwork schools and I would like to share some of the contents...