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Poetic Transcription: An Option in Supporting the Early Career Academic?

Smart, Fiona



This on the horizon paper concerns early career academics and their developing roles in the context of a focus on transitions into higher education. Despite a purported dearth of data in respect of the early career academic, it suggests that challenges faced by such individuals centre on the development of identity, agency and community. Two theoretical perspectives – resilience and liminality – are outlined and used to suggest that whilst the transition into role will be disruptive, such an experience does not have to be damaging; indeed, well managed, it might enable individuals to flourish. Poetic transcription as a research method is introduced and then re-presented with a twist to illustrate its potential to support the early career academic as an individual and as a member of community of practice. Plans for a small-scale action research project are outlined to investigate the potential of poetic transcription with a twist to strengthen resilience and negotiate liminality.


Smart, F. (2014). Poetic Transcription: An Option in Supporting the Early Career Academic?. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 2(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2014
Journal Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Print ISSN 2051-9788
Electronic ISSN 2051-9788
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Keywords early career academic; resilience; liminality; poetic transcription with a twist;
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