Take us seriously: Researchers

Conference report – 1st European Mentoring and Coaching Council Research Conference, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 7-8 July 2011 The practitioner-researcher offers useful perspectives and is not the Cinderella of the research community. Delegates highlighted the anxiety and concern for legitimacy felt by practitioner-researchers – what one called “walking the tightrope between practitioner and academic”. “Academics are largely responsible for this discomfort,” reflected David Megginson of Sheffield Hallam University, after the conference. “We need to wash our mouths out and appreciate the differences and strengths of this position rather than condemn them as a poor sort of researcher. An example […]

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