Not some shrink-wrapped beautiful package: using poetry to explore academic life

Anna Jones

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    Abstract

    This paper explores teaching in higher education through poetic transcription in order to illustrate the range of influences that shape the ways in which we teach. Through using poetry, this paper examines dimensions such as the past, emotion, humour and uncertainty, which are important aspects of teaching that are sometimes sidelined by more traditional research methods. The paper evokes the richness and complexity of academic life through placing the personal and the particular at the centre in a way that highlights the complexity. In this way it invites participation in the lives of others through providing a window into the academic experience

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)591-606
    Number of pages16
    JournalTeaching in Higher Education
    Volume15
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010

    Keywords

    • higher education
    • poetry
    • academic identity

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