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Libraries Gave Us Power

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Dave Camlin

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Polyphonic Truth
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
(Eleanor Roosevelt
My Research

Why Research?
The Long Way Round...
Coming Out The Other End...
"• Flexible portfolio careers are increasingly common experience. They require the sophisticated application of a wide range of musical and generic/transferable skills, and more entrepreneurial attitudes towards work."
(Hallam & Gaunt 2012)
'Attempting to liberate [the oppressed] without their reflective participation in the active liberation is to treat them as objects which must be safe from a burning building.'
(Freire 1970, p.47)
D. Prof.
'Knowledge is always situated within the groups of people who create it... is a collective endeavour among individuals who share a practice.' Recognition of this kind of knowledge, 'has inspired its take-up by continuing and higher education in terms of new forms of courses for a range of professions and disciplines, including professional doctorates linking professional development and practice-based knowledge production.
Action Research
has become a preferred methodology for many of these courses, on the understanding that practitioners need to build an evidence base to show the validity of what they are doing as competent researchers.' (McNiff 2013)
'Theory imbricated within practice'
(Nelson 2013)
'Mindful doing'
(Bowman 2005)
'Theory of practice'
(Bourdieu 1977)
'The authentic union of action and reflection'
(Freire 1970)
'praxis invokes the ethically active framework of phronesis—the fully mindful care-fullness or prudence needed to “do no harm” and, moreover, to produce ‘good’ or ‘right results’ for the person(s) served'
(Regelski 2009)
'Music as/for social, educational, ethical, spiritual, and healthful ends'. (Elliott 2013)
'A plurality of independent and unmerged voices and consciousnesses, a genuine polyphony of fully valid voices.’
(Bakhtin 1984)
‘Learning the basics of how research works is important, not because every [teacher] should be a researcher, but because it allows [teachers] to be critical consumers of the new research findings that will come out during the many decades of their career.’
(Goldacre 2014)
Music in Three Dimensions
'We [don't] know where we're going, but we CAN say where we've been.'
(Talking Heads 1985)
Hysteresis: 'The structural lag between opportunities and the dispositions to grasp them which is the cause of missed opportunities'
(Bourdieu 1977)
‘cutting the costs of consumption by democratizing distribution’ (Anderson 2009) – has transformed the market for recorded music from a ‘hit’ economy to a ‘niche’ one (ibid) - and the general expectation that music ought to be ‘free’
‘The wealthiest, better educated and least ethnically diverse 8% of the population forms the most culturally active segment of all: between 2012 and 2015 they accounted (in the most conservative estimate possible) for 44% of attendances to live music, benefitting from £94 per head of Arts Council music funding.’
(Neelands et al. 2015, p.33)
'In the UK, the number of people aged 60 or over is set to rise by a third by 2050' (United Nations 2015, p.30)
'In the UK, Potential Support Ratio or PSR – is set to fall from its current ratio of 3:1 to more or less 1:1 by 2050' (United Nations 2015, p.30)
'predicted increase in global population of over 30% - 9.6bn up from 7.3bn in 2015 - by 2050' (United Nations 2015, p.2)
'‘fertility in all European countries is now below the level required for full replacement of the population in the long run' (United Nations 2015, p.4)
‘global growth prospects [to 2060) seem mediocre compared with the past,’
(OECD n.d., p.6)
‘‘earning inequality in the average OECD country may have risen by more than 30% (by 2060)’
(OECD n.d., p.6)
‘35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years’ (BBC News 2015)
‘conflicts between people of different identity, usually have at their base something other than the identity itself,’ namely ‘competition for resources’ which creates the conditions for those more divisive and conflicting identities to be ‘mobilised’.' (Appiah 2016)
Whose ideas are you most interested in / influenced by? If they’re still working, they’ll probably have a position in an institution somewhere – how can you access them? Getting the most respected academics in your chosen field to critique your work is a great way of preparing your ideas for peer review.
Choose your supervisor before you choose your institution.
It will save you weeks of your life by taking the hard work out of citation. And like all the best information technology, it’s free.
Consider methodologies which privilege subjective experience, and which recognise the fluid, emergent and dialogic nature of community- and group-based knowledge. Consider Action Research (McNiff 2013; Reason & Bradbury 2015), and in particular Participatory Action Research (PAR) (Chevalier & Buckles 2013; McIntyre 2007) and post-colonial methodologies (Smith 2012). If we are to build a stronger body of academic knowledge about CM, it’s important that we do so in a way which privileges the voices of those who are least heard.
Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Researching
Don’t be afraid of numbers.
Qualitative data and individual testimony is critical for an understanding of aesthetic and cultural experience. However, on its own, qualitative data is hard to draw generalisations from, which can make it harder to scale up. Finding ways of using Mixed Methods or ‘integrative’ approaches to research (Plowright 2010) can help to create more robust findings which are more generalizable.
“shy bairns get nowt.”
As they say in the NE of the UK,.. Decide what you want from a course / supervisor in terms of your learning, and ask for it. Even if what you want is unconventional, the worst that can happen is you get told ‘no’.
Never give up.
The first stages of postgraduate study can be overwhelming, as you realise the full extent of what you don’t yet know. Make the time for study, and your confidence increases alongside your knowledge. The more you study, the more fluent you become in synthesising ideas from across a range of literature.
Keep a record.
Maintain a regular journal so you can access your thoughts and ideas, and monitor how they develop. Keep a ‘quote bank’ (with page refs) of everything you read, ideally digitally so you can search across it when you need to draw ideas together from multiple sources.
Learn how to use zotero
Choose a suitable methodology

then work came and made us free...
Dr. Dave Camlin
BA (Hons), PGCE, DProf.
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