Lesley Martin shares her story.
Helping people to reflect is part of the researcher’s role. The context is also ‘me’. Uncertainty and incompleteness is the norm. Be careful of definitions! Just a few of the takeaways from what was a stimulating and thought-provoking week of lectures and activities at IPASS18. Particularly compelling for me was the emphasis on encouraging researchers to reflect on their own role in research settings and the value of IPA in encouraging policy-makers and researchers alike to question their framing of problems and solutions. My motivations for attending the summer school were mainly to help me develop my research methodology and methods. The course content covered a wide range of approaches, techniques, and practical content which I have already been able to integrate into my work. I found the tutoring excellent and the teaching methods innovative, therefore the course was always engaging. As all good learning should be, it was fun as well as hard work. During the many opportunities for question and answer and networking, the group interacted brilliantly. Most importantly, IPASS has developed my thinking enormously and introduced me to a new and very relevant network, as well a great bunch of people!
Lesley Martin – ProfD Student, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland