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Becoming a Researcher:
Secret identities,
Superpowers & Comics?
Dr Katy Vigurs
Staffordshire University
@drkatyvigurs
TALK
10
Mins
Show &
Tell
15 Mins
TALK
10
Mins
TALK
10
Mins
YO
U
YO
U
YO
U
15 minutes
Q&A at the
end
Let’s start with time travel: Dr Who?
2001 2002
Present day
Isolation
Stop-start
study What does the literature say
about common experiences of
part-time doctoral study?
At a
distanc...
• Participation in social practices
is a necessary condition for
learning. (Lave & Wenger, 1991)
• Part-time PGR students ...
The doctoral shadow.
Pay attention to it.
What does yours look like?
Shaping your doctoral shadow:
Let’s turn our thoughts to the
development of research
superpowers.
SUPERPOWER #1
Turning your doctoral experience
(thus far) into a haiku. Yes… a
haiku.
A haiku is a 3 line poem.
5 – 7 – 5
Syllables per line.
By monitor glow
A conference paper due
The grad student naps
Jorge Cham ‘A PhD Haiku’
Superhero Metaphor in Research
What
superpowers do
researchers
need?
List some!
Superhero Researcher Quiz
1. What is your main purpose? What are you
trying to achieve?
2. What are your superpowers/abili...
KV’s Superhero Responses
1. What is my main purpose? What am I
trying to achieve?
2. What superpowers/abilities have I
sin...
Alter Egos & New Identities
How do you create scholarly
social ties?
Networked Scholarship:
A sort of
‘academic web-slinging’?
“Community development processes set out to create the context
within which meaningful relationships can be formed and thr...
‘Connexity’ in learning is where a culture of community is promoted through
activities which enable individuals and groups...
“I lack the confidence to write
my own tweets.”
“I’m concerned how others
might respond.”
“I don’t want to appear foolish
...
SUPERPOWER #2
Turning the subject matter of your
doctoral thesis into a single tweet.
A tweet is a sentence of up
to 140 characters (includes
spaces & punctuation)
Check out the
#TweetMyThesis
hashtag on
Twitter.
Want to know more? This just out.
Research paper published June 2016
Using Twitter to Tackle Peripherality? Scan QR code t...
Learn more about using Twitter in university
research, teaching & impact activities
User-friendly guide published by
Molle...
Things to reflect on…
Diverse methods for
communicating your
research(creative is good)
Audiences
Networks & scholarly
con...
Achieving your doctorate is not
only about completing your
thesis.
Think about the ‘research
superpowers’ that you have
de...
Ten research blogs I STRONGLY recommend subscribing to:
• Dr Naomi Barnes https://courtingtheacademy.wordpress.com/
• Prof...
So what have comics got to do
with research?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?
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Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics?

  1. 1. Becoming a Researcher: Secret identities, Superpowers & Comics? Dr Katy Vigurs Staffordshire University @drkatyvigurs
  2. 2. TALK 10 Mins Show & Tell 15 Mins TALK 10 Mins TALK 10 Mins YO U YO U YO U 15 minutes Q&A at the end
  3. 3. Let’s start with time travel: Dr Who? 2001 2002
  4. 4. Present day
  5. 5. Isolation Stop-start study What does the literature say about common experiences of part-time doctoral study? At a distance Outside of research cultures Juggling job & study Balancing family life Nervous writers
  6. 6. • Participation in social practices is a necessary condition for learning. (Lave & Wenger, 1991) • Part-time PGR students at risk of remaining on periphery of research communities.
  7. 7. The doctoral shadow. Pay attention to it. What does yours look like?
  8. 8. Shaping your doctoral shadow: Let’s turn our thoughts to the development of research superpowers.
  9. 9. SUPERPOWER #1 Turning your doctoral experience (thus far) into a haiku. Yes… a haiku.
  10. 10. A haiku is a 3 line poem. 5 – 7 – 5 Syllables per line.
  11. 11. By monitor glow A conference paper due The grad student naps Jorge Cham ‘A PhD Haiku’
  12. 12. Superhero Metaphor in Research
  13. 13. What superpowers do researchers need? List some!
  14. 14. Superhero Researcher Quiz 1. What is your main purpose? What are you trying to achieve? 2. What are your superpowers/abilities? 3. Are you using any specialist gadgets/technology? 4. Where did your superpowers stem from? 5. Do you have a secret identity or alter ego? 6. Do you work alone?
  15. 15. KV’s Superhero Responses 1. What is my main purpose? What am I trying to achieve? 2. What superpowers/abilities have I since developed? 3. Any specialist gadgets/technology? 4. Do I still have an alter ego? 5. Do I work alone?
  16. 16. Alter Egos & New Identities
  17. 17. How do you create scholarly social ties? Networked Scholarship: A sort of ‘academic web-slinging’?
  18. 18. “Community development processes set out to create the context within which meaningful relationships can be formed and through which people have the space to grow and change and fulfill their potential.” (Flecknoe & McLellan, 1994: 7) “The creation of networks is significant for knowledge acquisition, knowledge generation, knowledge transfer and professional development.” (Pataraia et al., 2015)
  19. 19. ‘Connexity’ in learning is where a culture of community is promoted through activities which enable individuals and groups to join together in social networks. These create occasions and spaces for informal learning. (Chauhan, 2009) Networks are the webs of informal relationships in & around formal structures.
  20. 20. “I lack the confidence to write my own tweets.” “I’m concerned how others might respond.” “I don’t want to appear foolish or stupid. What if I’m ridiculed?”
  21. 21. SUPERPOWER #2 Turning the subject matter of your doctoral thesis into a single tweet.
  22. 22. A tweet is a sentence of up to 140 characters (includes spaces & punctuation)
  23. 23. Check out the #TweetMyThesis hashtag on Twitter.
  24. 24. Want to know more? This just out. Research paper published June 2016 Using Twitter to Tackle Peripherality? Scan QR code to access paper
  25. 25. Learn more about using Twitter in university research, teaching & impact activities User-friendly guide published by Mollet, Moran and Dunleavy Scan QR code to access paper
  26. 26. Things to reflect on… Diverse methods for communicating your research(creative is good) Audiences Networks & scholarly conversations
  27. 27. Achieving your doctorate is not only about completing your thesis. Think about the ‘research superpowers’ that you have developed (or will develop). Don’t be afraid to show your examiners your researcher alter- ego! (Cape and mask optional)
  28. 28. Ten research blogs I STRONGLY recommend subscribing to: • Dr Naomi Barnes https://courtingtheacademy.wordpress.com/ • Prof Pat Thomson (Patter) https://patthomson.net/ • Dr Inger Mewburn https://thesiswhisperer.com/ • The Research Whisperer https://theresearchwhisperer.wordpress.com/ • Dr Helen Kara (independent researcher) https://helenkara.com/blog/ • BERA Blog https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog • Dr Rachael Cayley https://explorationsofstyle.com/ • Dr Nathan Ryder http://viva-survivors.com/ • Dr Nick Hopwood https://nickhop.wordpress.com/ • Doctoral Writing https://doctoralwriting.wordpress.com/ Get new posts direct by email!! These blogs can become part of your scholarly networks
  29. 29. So what have comics got to do with research?

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