Research practice to change the world

This module consists of a series of talks aimed at beginning and established researchers interested in developing their understanding of research methods in the social sciences. Staff and research-higher-degree students in the faculties of Education and Social Work, Arts and Social Sciences, and Law are warmly invited to attend.

Lectures in this module explore research on practice to change the world. Our title is deliberately ambiguous – both practice and research on it have the potential to be world-changing. Diverse fields of practice – applied drama in prisons, international development policy, policy implementation in disadvantaged schools, social work in mental health – are investigated, with the methods used in focus. Methods include critical discourse analysis, qualitative longitudinal case study, participatory action research and member categorisation analysis.

Interested researchers are welcome to attend any session/s. All sessions, except March 12, begin at 4pm; all, except March 19, are in Room 438 (see the schedule below).

The school provides research training support in the form of this and other free modules as part of a process of promoting a vibrant research culture within the school and the Division of Arts and Social Sciences, by engaging established and emerging researchers to talk about how they go about their own work with a focus on how they conceptualise and enact the research process.

Cost: FREE
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Schedule

Date and time Title Speaker Venue

Thursday
February 26
4–5pm

Exploring educational policy enactment through qualitative longitudinal research

Dr Lesley Scanlon

Rm 438
Education Building A35

Thursday
March 5
4–5pm

Action research and participatory approaches to research for social change

Associate Professor Susan Goodwin

Rm 438
Education Building A35

Thursday
March 12
5–6pm

The joys and challenges of practice-oriented research

Emma Tseris

Rm 438
Education Building A35

Thursday
March 19
4–5pm

Complicated conversations about education in international ‘development’ policy processes: Who’s involved; who should be involved?

Dr Alexandra McCormick

Rm 432
Education Building A35

Thursday
March 26
4–5pm

Small research on big ideas: Understanding practice through research on social interaction

Dr Kelly Freebody

Rm 438
Education Building A35