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ERIC Number: EJ1010935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Self-Portrait with Mortar Board: A Study of Academic Identity Using the Map, the Novel and the Grid
King, Virginia
Higher Education Research and Development, v32 n1 p96-108 2013
This paper introduces the "map", the "novel" and the "grid", three strategies inspired by the creative arts that potentially enrich higher education research by revealing layers of truth otherwise difficult to discern. The "map" was inspired by the "Map of an Englishman," an etching by Grayson Perry RA. It is used to create and analyse a visualisation of academic identity. The "novel" depends upon finding an appropriate work of fiction to provide an analytical framework of metaphorical themes which help to draw out social and cultural issues. The "grid" visually encodes the themes underlying large quantities of electronic communication to create a graphical precis of discourse at a chosen point in time. I demonstrate these strategies in an autoethnographic study of academic identity. My findings echo and enhance those of other studies into academic identity, suggesting the strategies could be helpful ways of seeing and understanding the research context. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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