Becoming a researcher: an auto-ethnographic account of a doctoral researcher re-presented in poetry

Redman-MacLaren, Michelle (2015) Becoming a researcher: an auto-ethnographic account of a doctoral researcher re-presented in poetry. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 28 (3). pp. 207-214.

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Abstract

Poetry creates new ways of knowing and is increasingly being used in qualitative research. Although few researcher-poets integrate poetry as the primary method for their inquiry, many researchers use poetry to synthesise and re-present data. In this paper, I establish the importance of reflexivity and use poetry to re-present my experience of becoming a researcher. Drawing upon my experience as a doctoral researcher, I explore my fear of "non-production", my relationship with the Ph.D., transitions and relationships following fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, and my fear of being an academic imposter. As a researcher using the art of poetry, I have expanded my understanding of research and the researcher role.

Item ID: 40727
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1567-2344
Keywords: Doctoral, poetry, reflexivity, research, researcher-poet
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC Grant no. 1038658
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 01:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111715 Pacific Peoples Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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