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Virtuous Educational Research

Conversations on Ethical Practice

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Julian Stern

This is a book of conversations with researchers working across Europe, the USA and Africa. It aims to illuminate the lived reality of educational research on a wide variety of topics, including family life in rural South Africa, support for self-harming students in the UK, character development in the USA and Korea, educational leadership in the UK and China, philosophical analysis of education policy, and much more.
The book is for and about researchers and is built around a set of conversations with the author – a fellow researcher. Researchers work at the frontiers of our knowledge and understanding of the world, and frontiers can be dangerous places. How are the researchers’ personal qualities – virtues such as courage, honesty and kindness – tested and exemplified in their work? The conversations presented here explore the experience of research and ask what qualities are needed, or wished for, in order to successfully face its challenges. There are many books that include lists of what to do and what not to do when carrying out research. Here, in contrast, we find out what really happens and why – and what it takes to keep going.

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Part IV. Sustainable Researchers

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Part IV Sustainable Researchers It is hoped that this book will show something of the lived reality of research practice. Researchers describe their work and some of the personal quali- ties they need. It is certainly not easy, doing research, but it can be enor- mously rewarding – rewarding personally, that is, as well as professionally. Sustaining a career in research takes courage, and needs the support of others – of individuals and of institutions. This is discussed by Lāsma Latsone and Lynne Gabriel. The gritty determination to sustain a research career whether or not support is available is one of the themes of the con- versations with Chris Sink and Fedor Kozyrev, whilst Helen Gunter and Ginger MacDonald both talk about how a ‘life of research’ can be sustained in order to have some sense of completion and influence. ‘Sustainability’ is currently a fashionable term in higher education, with specialist journals such as the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education () emerging in recent years. I hope that these six conversations will help illuminate how researchers themselves can be more sustainable. Chapter 8 Courage Enough: The Need to Support and Be Supported Introduction Several conversationalists talk eloquently about courage, especially Helen Lees, Anne Pirrie, Lander Calvelhe, Jacqui Akhurst, Shanaaz Hoosain and Helen Gunter (in Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10, respectively). The reason for having ‘courage’ in the title of this chapter is that both conversational- ists talk with subtlety of the relationship between courage and support. ‘Courage...

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