Professor Pat Sikes Cert. Ed.,B.Ed., Ph.D.
Professor in Qualitative Inquiry
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8158
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Educators' and Students' Lives and Careers
Pat is interested in how people perceive and experience being educators and particularly in the ways in which different aspects of life and social and cultural circumstances and influences can impact upon those perceptions and experiences. Her research has included investigations of: how becoming a parent affects professional practices; age and the male PE teacher; being an RE teacher in a secular society; how university teachers experience the imperative to publish caused by the Research Assessment Exercise; and the perceptions and experiences of secondary school teachers accused of sexual misconduct which they say they did not commit. Currently Pat is looking at the experiences and perceptions of children, adolescents and young people who have a parent with dementia.
Qualitative Research Methodologies, Methods and Re-presentation
Pat is interested in qualitative inquiry per se and especially in auto/biographical approaches, such as life history and autoethnography. Her work in the Caribbean has led to an interest in decolonizing research and she has undertaken collaborative work around this theme with students there. Pat takes the view that the ways in which researchers write about their work and how they present their findings is never a neutral or objective matter. In recent years social scientists have begun to use a range of creative approaches, including narrative, fiction, poetics, and performance and Pat is personally involved in exploring, developing, using and making the case for, alternative forms of research writing.
Pat takes the view that the ways in which researchers write about their work and how they present their findings is never a neutral or objective matter. In recent years social scientists have begun to use a range of creative approaches, including narrative, fiction, poetics, and performance. She is personally involved in exploring, developing, using and making the case for, alternative forms of research writing.
Ethical research practice
Pat is interested in issues around research ethics; ethics and auto/biographical research; ethical review and research governance; and research ethics in the internationalised university.
Pat directs the EdD in the Caribbean and contributes to Masters programmes in the UK.
Chair of International Congress Qualitative Book of the Year Award (http://www.icqi.org/2014-qualitative-book-of-the-year-award-call-for-nominations/)
Member of the Organising Committee of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference (http://www.dprconference.com)
Currently a member of the Editorial Boards of: Qualitative Research, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Qualitative Research Journal, Power & Education, Journal of Asian Critical Education, Caribbean Teaching Scholar, International Journal of Sociology of Education, Creative Approaches to Research.
Sikes, P. (Ed) (2013) Autoethnography Sage Benchmarks in Social Science Series – 4 volumes
Sikes, P. (2013) ‘Working together for critical research ethics’ Compare 43, 4, pp 516 - 536
Sikes, P. & Piper, H. (Eds) (2011) Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research London, Routledge
Sikes, P. & Piper, H. (2011) ‘Researching Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools: The Need for a Narrative Approach’ Sexuality Research and Social Policy 7, 1, pp. 294 -303
Sikes, P. and Piper, H. (2010) Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools London, Routledge/Falmer
Sikes P. (2010) ‘Researching Teacher-student sexual relations: Key Risks and Ethical Issues’ Ethnography and Education 5, 2, pp.143 – 157 Print 1745 7823 Online 1745 7831
Sikes, P. (2009) ‘Will the real author come forward? Questions of ethics, plagiarism, theft and collusion in academic research’ International Journal of Research & Method in Education 32, 1, pp. 13 - 24
Sikes, P. & Potts, A. (Eds) (2008) Researching Education From the Inside: Investigating Institutions From Within London, Routledge/Falmer
Sikes, P. & Sikes-Sheard, R. (2008) ‘Becoming a Doctor’ Creative Approaches To Research (online) Volume 1, Issue 2; 2008; 23-34. Availability: http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=426372002324421;res=IELHSS ISSN: 1835-9434. [cited 28 Nov 08]
Sikes, P. (2008) ‘At the Eye of the Storm: An Academic(s) Experience of Moral Panic’ Qualitative Inquiry 14, 2, pp. 235 -253
Sikes, P. (2006) ‘Scandalous Stories and Dangerous Liaisons: When Male Teachers and Female Pupils Fall in Love’ Sex Education 6, 3, pp. 265 – 280
Sikes, P. (2005) ‘Storying Schools: Issues Around Attempts To Create a Sense of Feel and Place in Narrative Research Writing’ Qualitative Research 5, 1, pp. 79 - 94
Sikes, P., Nixon, J. & Carr, W. (Eds) (2003) The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Values Maidenhead, Open University Press/McGraw Hill Educational
Goodson, I. & Sikes, P. (2001) Life History in Educational Settings: Learning From Lives, Buckingham, Open University Press
Sikes, P. (1997) Parents Who Teach: Stories From Home and From School, London, Cassells
Sikes, P., Measor, L. & Woods, P. (1985) Teacher Careers: Crises and Continuities, Lewes, Falmer
Current Research Students
(Pat has supervised 35 doctoral students to successful completion
Mark Pulsford - Assembling the Male Primary School SENCO
Loretta Cooper - Being a Looked after Child
Sandra West – An insider study of stakeholders´ perceptions of a family run, private, tertiary education institution
Sharon Mangroo – Understanding the Past, Shaping the Future
Nicole Thompson – Round Pegs in Square Holes: Ex-pat Teachers in the Cayman Islands
Urban Dolor – Fostering collaboration between administration and students: developing policies to manage gambling on campus
Roxanne Drake – Fostering spirituality in a RC Primary school
Dina Rowe - Who should be taught to teach? A Review of the Recruitment of Teacher Trainees at ONE Teacher Training Institution in Jamaica.
Jenese Wray - Gender Segregation in one Jamaican Secondary School: The Perspectives of the Stakeholders
Marietta Edward - A Critical Inquiry into the Status of Social Justice Teaching in the Teacher Education Programme of the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration in St Lucia
Alfrita Cooper – The Case for Bilingual Education: French Creole and Standard English in St Lucia
Franklin Davidson – School Leadership: Learning From Conversations with Retired Secondary School Principals in Tobago
Edris Johnson – The perceptions and experiences of gay and lesbian students in Jamaican universities