Professor Dr Christine Pascal OBE
Communities involved in
- The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)
- British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA)
- The British Association for Early Childhood Education
Publications of interest
Pascal, C. and Bertram, T. (2009) Listening to young citizens: the struggle to make real a participatory paradigm in research with young children, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Volume 17 Issue 2, 249-262
Pascal, C. and Bertram, T. (2012) Praxis, Ethics and Power: developing praxeology as a participatory paradigm for early childhood research, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 20, No 4: 477-492
Koshy, V. and Pascal, C. (2011) Nurturing the Young Shoots of Talent: using Action Research for exploration and theory building, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Vol 19,No 4, p433-450
Chapters in Edited Books:
Pascal, C. and Bertram, T. (2009) Introducing Child Development, in BRUCE T (Ed), Early Childhood, Second Edition. Sage Publications, London.
Pascal, C. and Bertram, T. (2013 forthcoming) ‘Small voices, powerful messages: capturing young children’s perspectives in practice-led research’ in Hammersley M, Flewett R, Robb M and Clark A (2013) Issues in Research with Children and Young People. Sage Publications/Open University Press: Milton Keynes.
Pascal, C. and Bertram, T. (2011) ‘Making Sense of Theory and Practice in Early Childhood’, Forward in Waller, T. Whotmarsh, J. and Clark, K. (eds) (2011), Making Sense of Theory and Practice in Early Childhood: The Power of Ideas, Open University Press: Milton Keynes.
Christine’s top tips for researchers and authors in the field
Strategies to improve research visibility and impact
- Publicise yourself and your research; for example, put a message and hyperlink to the article in your Email signature box.
- Write a review, reviews are more likely to be cited than original research papers.
- Promote and present your work at conferences, with colleagues and through your student body. Persuade the organizers of a meeting or conference to make publicly available the presentations made at meetings; not just the published abstracts.
- Set up a web site devoted to your work and research projects and post links to manuscripts of publications, conference abstracts, and supplemental materials such as images, illustrations, slides, specimens, and progress reports on the site.
- Ideas travel through networks and relationships. Build on these and be opportunistic.
- Use your Facebook account, blogs, and social networks. Start a blog devoted to the research project.
- Consider communicating information about your research via Twitter. Twitter provides an efficient platform for communicating and consuming science.
- Take advantage of SEO (search engine optimization) tips to enhance retrieval of your research project web site by search engines. Work with your webmaster to make sure your web page titles describe the content of the web page and include the name of your research project. Include meta tags in the page header section that include appropriate keywords to describe the content of the page. Search engines look at this “hidden” content and use it to determine search results page rankings.
- Research is not just text and figures. Create a podcast describing the research project and submit the podcast to YouTube or Vimeo.
- Issue press releases for significant findings and partner with the organisational media office to deliver findings to local media outlets.
- Provide seminars to other institutions/scientists, policy makers, practitioners to discuss the research project.
- Consider discussing the results of your research with policy-makers and other governing bodies that issue policies, guidelines and standards.
- Sign up for other social networking sites to increase your visibility and connect with colleagues. Some useful sites are ResearcherID or LinkedIn. Sites such as Nature Network allow and encourage interaction between users. Social network tools provide a forum for disseminating your research, promoting discussion of your work, sharing scientific information, and forming new collaborations.
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