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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
I teach English in a College of Arts and Tourism in an Institute of Technology in Dublin. The institute is one of the largest providers of higher education in Ireland, and it distinguishes itself with small-class sizes, community outreach and engagement, and excellence in teaching. It is, as its name indicates, an institute of technology, but it has aspirations to become a University.
My institute has, no differently than many other organisations of higher learning, sought to boost its reputation for research. It favours research with a capital R, meaning research that conforms to the usual higher education rhetoric surrounding research (such as “world class standards,” “attracts external funding,” “internationally recognised”) and that privileges predictable scholarly outputs such as articles in peer reviewed journals, refereed conference proceedings, and chapters in books.
Norton, S. (2013) Betwixt and Between: Creative Writing and Scholarly Expectations. New writing: International journal for the theory and practice of creative writing, Vol. 10:1, 2013. doi:10.1080/14790726.2012.694451