Emeritus Professor Pat Sikes

Cert Ed, BEd, PhD

School of Education

Professor Emeritus of Qualitative Inquiry

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p.j.sikes@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8158

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Emeritus Professor Pat Sikes
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2GW
Research interests

Pat has been involved in research since 1978. Over that time her focus has been on five inter-related concerns: educators’ lives and careers; auto/biographical research; qualitative methodologies; research ethics; and social justice issues. In September 2018 she was awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship by the British Educational Research Association for an outstanding contribution to educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.

In retirement Pat is continuing to research and write within her areas of interest.

Auto/biographical approaches

Pat takes the view that the ways in which researchers write about their work and how they present their findings is never a neutral, value free, or objective matter but is rather, moral activity. Inter alia, she is interested in: the process of writing; in the choices people make about how to re-present their work; and, in the use of creative approaches, including narrative, fiction, poetics, and performance.

Re-presenting research

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.

Research ethics

Pat is interested in issues around research ethics including: ethics and auto/biographical research; ethical review and research governance; and research ethics in the internationalised university.

Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Goodson I, Sikes P, Antikainen A & Andrews M (Eds.) (2016) The Routledge International Handbook of Narrative and Life History. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes PJ (Ed.) (2013) Autoethnography. London: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes P & Piper H (Ed.) (2011) Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes PJ, nixon J & Carr W (Eds.) (2003) The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Value. Maidenhead: Open University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) () Storying the Public Intellectual. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Sikes P & Hall M (2018) "It'd Be Easier If She'd Died'': Researching and Reporting "Taboo'' Issues. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 17(1) (pp 50-50) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes P & Hall M (2018) "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) RIS download Bibtex download
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!

Professional activities