Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2013 Archive

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Introducing foundations of social research

8 August 2013

Join us on August 8 for "Introduction to theories of knowledge and foundations of social research", the first of a series of talks aimed at beginning and established researchers interested in developing their general understanding of the major research methods and methodological frontiers in social research, presented by Dr Lina Markauskaite.

Understanding and rediscovering the science of research in such intrinsically 'applied' domains as education, social policy and social work is a complex task and an ongoing project. Researchers are often urged to provide evidence and actionable knowledge that can help to make practical decisions for improving teaching, learning and human well being in concrete contexts and situations.

At the same time they are urged to answer questions of significance to their fellow researchers, thus to make theoretical and methodological choices that are consistent to the ways of seeing the world and ways of knowing adopted by broader research communities.

Beginning and experienced researchers in social and behavioral sciences often feel challenged clearly articulating their conceptual frameworks and making informed methodological choices. The act of using, adapting, and extending the research procedures often requires deep understanding of some inherited links between the ways of seeing the world, knowledge, values and ethics.

This introductory lecture will provide a brief overview of some key philosophical and methodological ideas that underpin today's social and behavioral research, ranging from the Aristotelian logic and Husselian phenomenology, to some contemporary ideas of social complexity and new materialism. It will outline some key principles that researchers from different epistemological traditions use to link theory and method and to inform their methodological decisions about research procedures, data, and analysis.


Event details

  • When: 4–5pm
  • Where:

    Education Building A35, Room 612

    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim.

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim


  • More info:

    View the full schedule of talks in this series.

  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Dr Lina Markauskaite is a senior lecturer in eResearch (Educational and Social Research Methods) in the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney. She received a PhD in informatics from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (Lithuania), in 2000. Before arriving to Australia in 2004, Lina managed ICT implementation and educational change projects; and was the national coordinator of large-scale national and international studies on ICT in schools in Lithuania (such as IEA's study SITES). She also worked in various expert groups for developing national strategies and programs for ICT implementation in Lithuanian education.

Introducing foundations of social research


Education Building A35, Room 612

Click image for interactive map.


8 August 2013

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