Emeritus Professor Pat Sikes
Cert Ed, BEd, PhD
School of Education
Professor Emeritus of Qualitative Inquiry
+44 114 222 8158
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School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
- Research interests
As Professor Emeritus I continue to be involved in research, writing, out-reach, and consultancy. My academic career began in 1978 and since then my interests have been around: qualitative, and especially narrative and auto/biographical approaches, to research and its re-presentation; research ethics; and social justice issues. In September 2018 I was awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship by the British Educational Research Association for an outstanding contribution to educational research over a career and as far as I can I hope to continue to live up to this honour.
In 2022, in ‘retirement’, as well as being grandma to 4 amazing little people who are teaching me so much about life and living, I am involved in the following activities:
- a study in collaboration with Professor Caroline Gelman at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Dr Mel Hall from MMU, looking at how people at risk of inherited dementias make decisions about whether to have genetic testing
- working with the Further and Higher Education Authority in Malta, in the field of research ethics and accreditation of higher education institutions
- acting in a consultant capacity for the UK Research Integrity Office (https://ukrio.org)
- active membership of the Young Dementia Network Research workstream, working with academics and people living with dementia to best target and disseminate research
- active membership of the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network and the Three Nations Dementia Working Group
- I am on the editorial boards of the British Educational Research Journal, the International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Qualitative Research, and the Qualitative Research Journal
- Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research. London: Routledge.
- Researching Sex and Lies in the Classroom: Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Schools. Routledge.
- 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.
- Researching Education from the Inside. 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)
- Publications - 2022
- Woods, P. & Sikes, P. (2022) Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers: Third edition London, Routledge
- Sikes, P. & Platt, M. (2022) ‘Discovering ethnography and passing on the baton: exploring life in a hospital school’ Qualitative Research Journal Early Cite, April 12 https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/QRJ-02-2022-0017/full/html
- Sikes, P. & Hall, M. (2022)‘The perceptions and experiences of children and young people who have a parent with dementia’ in de Vught, M., Millenaar, J. & Carter, J. (Eds) Understanding young onset dementia: evaluation, needs and care London, Routledge, pp. 88 -99.