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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591 - 606
Number of pages16
JournalTEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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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.

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