Professor Pat Sikes
Cert Ed, BEd, PhD
School of Education
Professor in Qualitative Inquiry
+44 114 222 8158
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School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
- Research interests
Pat is interested in qualitative inquiry per se and especially in the use and development of auto/biographical sociological approaches to research, including life history and autoethnography. In recent years she has designed and worked on projects that have used such approaches to study:
- The perceptions and experiences of children, adolescents and young people who have a parent with young onset dementia (funded by the Alzheimer’s Society: view their website and Pat's project page);
- The perceptions and experiences of secondary school teachers accused of sexual misconduct which they say they did not commit (see Sikes, P. and Piper, H. (2010) Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools, London, Routledge/Falmer);
- The perceptions and experiences of students in the Caribbean enrolled on a University of Sheffield doctoral programme (see Sikes, P. (2013) ‘Working together for critical research ethics’, Compare, 43.4, pp 516 – 536).
Pat’s previous auto/biographical work 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; pupil-teacher relationships; and how university teachers experience the imperative to publish caused by the Research Assessment Exercise.
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 is interested in issues around research ethics; ethics and auto/biographical research; ethical review and research governance; and research ethics in the internationalised university.
- Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research. London: Routledge.
- Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools. Routledge.
- Researching education from the inside: Investigations from within.
- The Routledge International Handbook of Narrative and Life History. London: Routledge.
- Autoethnography. London: Sage.
- Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research. Routledge.
- The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Value. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Storying the Public Intellectual. Routledge.
- View this article in WRRO ‘It’s just limboland’: Parental dementia and young people’s life courses. The Sociological Review, 68(1), 242-259.
- The Impact of Parental Young Onset Dementia on Children and Young People's Educational Careers. British Educational Research Journal, 44(4), 593-607. View this article in WRRO
- How do young people ‘do’ family where there is a diagnosis of dementia?. Families, Relationships and Societies, 7(2), 207-225. View this article in WRRO
- From “What the Hell Is Going on?” to the “Mushy Middle Ground” to “Getting Used to a New Normal”: Young People’s Biographical Narratives Around Navigating Parental Dementia. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 26(2), 124-144. View this article in WRRO
- “It was then that I thought ‘whaat? This is not my Dad”: The implications of the ‘still the same person’ narrative for children and young people who have a parent with dementia. Dementia, 17(2), 180-198. View this article in WRRO
- “It Would Be Easier If She’d Died”: Young People With Parents With Dementia Articulating Inadmissible Stories. Qualitative Health Research. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Every time I see him he’s the worst he’s ever been and the best he’ll ever be’: grief and sadness in children and young people who have a parent with dementia. Mortality, 22(4), 324-338. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Hijacked by the project? Research which demands to be done.. Research in Teacher Education, 5(1), 45-50.
- Researching The Perceptions and Experiences of Children and Young People Who Have a Parent With Dementia: Ethical Considerations and Concerns. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 12, 884-884.
- Working Together for Critical Research Ethics. Compare, 43, 516-536.
- '... And This Too Shall Pass!' Spiritual Striving and the Academic Life of Three Women. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 1(1), 112-129.
- Researching Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools: The Need for a Narrative Approach. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 1-10.
- Ethical research, academic freedom and the role of ethics committees and review procedures in educational research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 33(3), 205-213.
- ‘What Part of Me Do I Leave Out?’: In Pursuit of Decolonising Practice. Power and Education, 2(1), 85-96.
- Teacher-student sexual relations: Key risks and ethical issues. Ethnography and Education, 5(2), 143-157.
- Will the real author come forward? Questions of ethics, plagiarism, theft and collusion in academic research writing. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 32(1), 13-24.
- At the eye of the storm: An academic('s) experience of moral panic. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(2), 235-253.
- Voices on: Teachers and teaching assistants talk about inclusion. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 11(3), 355-370.
- Travel broadens the mind or making the strange familiar: The story of a visiting academic. Qualitative Inquiry, 12(3), 523-540.
- Working in a 'new' university: In the shadow of the Research Assessment Exercise?. Studies in Higher Education, 31(5), 555-568.
- Scandalous stories and dangerous liaisons: When female pupils and male teachers fall in love. Sex Education, 6(3), 265-280.
- 'A doctorate in a tight compartment': Why do students choose a professional doctorate and what impact does it have on their personal and professional lives?. Studies in Higher Education, 31(6), 723-734.
- Storying schools: Issues around attempts to create a sense of feel and place in narrative research writing. Qualitative Research, 5(1), 79-94.
Conference proceedings papers
- View this article in WRRO "It'd Be Easier If She'd Died'': Researching and Reporting "Taboo'' Issues. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 17(1) (pp 50-50)
- "You Start Grieving Even When They're Standing Right in Front of You": The Grief of Children and Young People Who Have a Parent With Young Onset Dementia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 17(1) (pp 28-28)
- Research group
#supervisionaries - stories of brilliant doctoral supervision
Professor Sikes is an excellent leader, supervisor and friend. Her approach, although straight to the point, and sometimes can be seen as 'strict' is excellent in leading and guiding the student through the whole process. She is always ready to help at any circumstances, and her help is one where she lets you reflect and open for suggestions and discussion. She is great!
- Teaching interests
I am supervising 19 doctoral students and teach the Doctoral Studies in Education module. I do a number of lectures on the MA and the BA and I co-ordinate EdD modules on 1. Contemporary Debates in Education and 2. Processes of Educational Research.
- Professional activities
- Chair of International Congress Qualitative Book of the Year Award
- Member of the Organising Committee of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference
- 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.