These pages are where you will find archived the story of my research outputs between completing my first thesis whilst still a school teacher in 1993 and retirement from full-time work in 2013.
Research, in my view, is an over-used and often abused term. It is not to be confused with “scholarship” – an entirely worthy and equally valuable activity, but not the same thing as “research”. For most academics the PhD thesis, which must make “an original contribution to knowledge”, is the gateway to what the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) define as: “a process of investigation leading to new insights effectively shared.” Ernest Boyer wrote an excellent treatise on the subject – would that it were more widely appreciated.
The pages here follow three different phases of my research career. The early phase was whilst I was still a school teacher. It saw the completion of an MPhil that was the source of my work on attachment behaviour, expanded in later years to look at academic resilience. The middle phase, spanning the transition from school teaching to higher education was when I tackled a different topic to complete my PhD, through which my work on value and actions was developed. Out of this grew the work on sustainability, Steiner education and ultimately the subjective value for music that led to my work on masculinity and vocal identity. Finally, the post-doctoral phase, characterised by an AHRC research fellowship and a further large AHRC knowledge transfer grant takes us up to the point of retirement with the transition from work on boys’ vocal identity to current interests in endocrinology and acoustics.