A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis

Every Wednesday during the month of August, the Office of Doctoral Studies will present a seminar series centred around the theme of "A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis". The presenters will be our own recent graduates from higher research degrees, Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Different types of theses; developing the text and the story

Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018
Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: Room 458, Education Building A35
RSVP: No need to RSVP, just turn up on the day


Nikki Brunker is a lecturer at The University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work. After completing a BEd at USyd Nikki taught in alternative and mainstream schools, with experience in early childhood, primary and secondary schooling as a teacher and Principal. Nikki’s research interests include children’s social and emotional wellbeing, Initial Teacher Education pedagogy, alternative schooling and innovative qualitative methodologies. Current research projects include an exploration of children’s experiences when school has not ‘fit’; pre-service teacher and teacher educator perceptions of ITE pedagogy; and the experience of moving from Home Education to being a Teacher. Nikki is interested in Post-Qualitative and Arts Informed Inquiry approaches to research. Her PhD thesis involved an interpretation of Lawrence Lightfoot’s Portraiture overlaid with patchwork, which won the NSW Institute for Educational Research’s Beth Southwell Award for Outstanding Thesis.

Thea Werkhoven is a recent graduate from the PhD program in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Thea completed her research project on obesity knowledge and attitudes in the education sector and developed an intervention to improve obesity related knowledge and attitudes amongst pre-service health professionals. In order to maximise research output, Thea decided to complete her thesis by publication and at the conclusion of her study had 4 chapters of the thesis published as peer reviewed articles including one to an open access journal. Qualified as a dietitian, Thea’s passions are food and teaching nutrition and she uses this to her advantage, teaching a large scale undergraduate health and nutrition elective within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

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