Research data poetry

A colleague Dr Anna Jones from Glasgow Caledonian University, introduced to me the idea of using qualitative interviews to create poetry as a way to present research data. I’ve been itching to give it a go and have finally tried it. Here is the first effort.

The context is a final year student talking about different assessment types and how certain types help learning more than others. The words in the ‘poem’ are all the students own words. The order of words have not been changed, the only thing I have done is take out words / sentences whilst making sure to retain the meaning that the student originally intended.

What do you think? Is the meaning clear? Is this a useful way to get across what the student was trying to say about assessment?

Everybody has a different opinion.

Some find the essays easy, some find the presentations difficult.

You should be able to show your understandings are independent

and not just book learning.


Coursework is a progressive,

it reinforces in your head

and makes you remember

what you are meant to do.


I didn’t get as much as I thought I would do (in exams)

compared to my coursework grades.

You can be just as smart if not smarter than everybody else

and it comes across as if you can’t.

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