A shining red light

29th September 2006 at 01:00
Red light for research

At the recent European conference on educational research in Geneva, several Scottish academics found that their hotel was located in the middle of the red light district. Naturally, their thoughts immediately turned to the research possibilities.

As someone with fiscal responsibilities, Pamela Munn, dean of education at Edinburgh University, could investigate the economic aspects of the sex industry.

Julie Allan, professor at Stirling university, might conduct a sociological inquiry into the working lives of the girls on the street, with a particular emphasis on social inclusion.

For James McGonigal, professor of language education at Glasgow university, the prospect of examining the slang used in transactions between prostitutes and clients would be inviting.

And TESS columnist Walter Humes, research professor at Paisley University, who has always been interested in the leadership class, could expose the Mr Bigs behind the trade, anticipating that they might include leading figures in Genevan society.

At least that's their account of their reaction - and they're sticking to it.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now