Hi, I'm Christine.
I’m a graduate student completing my MEd in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta (Canada). I love reading, writing, chai lattes, exploring the great City of Edmonton, and of course, writing this blog, which I began to share helpful, actionable, and inspirational content to help academics create original research in the field of educational administration + leadership.
I believe strongly that my research should do something to contribute positive change in this field. Maybe you can relate? Maybe you’re where I was a few years ago - just starting your graduate studies with no idea how the heck to write a literature review, must less a thesis. Or maybe you’ve already graduated from school and you’re wondering, now what!?
Well friend, I'm right there with you.
I originally began Valentine Academia as an outlet to write about what I was learning about in graduate school and to share my research projects. I felt like it was a great way to combine my interests in writing and research, and to express myself creatively. However, I quickly realized that there were very few online resources that focused specifically on educational administration + leadership research. Suddenly, my blog had a new purpose: to help other researchers learn how to write and do research in this field.
A blog might seem like a strange place to write about academia. But I think a blog’s capacity for reaching broader audiences is far greater than traditional publishing channels (as important as they are for growing the knowledge-based in this field). In the age of the digital public sphere, the Internet provides us with a publicly-accessible venue where we can share and discuss ideas openly. Ideas that have the potential of creating position change in our universities.
Because frankly, if we’re going to talk about something in any real way, it needs to be part of our popular imagination
All of this to say, that I think a blog for educational administration + leadership research is exactly what this field needs. More of them, ideally. We need spaces where educational administration theory and practice can be discussed together and creative solutions can be explored. We need an open dialogue.
Are you ready to get started creating your own research projects? Let’s go!