Thesis in a box: creatively presenting transdisciplinary research

Hayes, Tracy (2017) Thesis in a box: creatively presenting transdisciplinary research. In: Doctoral Colloquium, 13 July 2017, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished)

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“Well I must say, in all my years here, I’ve never seen anything like this! This is certainly different.” I quelled the rapidly rising bubble of panic, bravely passed over the boxes and hastily retreated ... [to be continued]. My recently completed doctoral research is a qualitative study titled, ‘Making sense of nature: a creative exploration of young people’s relationship with the natural environment’, which I conducted using an alternative approach. But, I am not an arts or humanities student. I am transdisciplinary, in how I conduct my work (research process) and how I interpret my findings (research outputs). Like Ingold (2000: 1-2) I have sought out ways to cross the divide that ‘…separates the 'two worlds' of humanity and nature’. My work is creatively presented, including the use of stories and teddy bears, with the explicit aim of encouraging participation and critical thinking. As a transdisciplinarian, I do not feel the need to conform to outdated expectations or to follow “somebody else’s rule” (cited in Frank, 2012: 1). I want my work to reflect a wide range of interests and my writing to feel fresh and modern. When preparing to submit my thesis, I faced a challenge – how to do this in a credibly academic way, so that the presentation reflected the contents? I will show you my solution.

Ingold, T. (2000) The perception of the environment: essays in livelihood, dwelling and skill. London: Routledge
Frank, A.W. (2012) Letting stories breathe. London: The University of Chicago Press Ltd.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Children, Youth, Families and Community Work
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 09:22
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 16:02


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