What is in a name?

My research journey.

Most Australians believe that my full name is Malba Barahona, little they know that my full name is actually quite different.

It seems that “We know what we know and we assume that our way of doing things is the best. Don’t we?


But what does my name have to do with research or the PhD thesis? Well, as I submitted the hard copy of my PhD thesis, cultural differences became apparent once more, but this time, it was because of my name. My full name is comprised of a first name, a middle name, my father’s surname and my mother’s surname. According to the university guidelines, the bound copy should be lettered on the spine in gold leaf with the title being followed by the student’s initials and surname and year. As I took the copy to the printing office I did not think that there could be…

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About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.

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