Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Researching practice to change the world

EXPLORING EDUCATIONAL POLICY ENACTMENT THROUGH QUALITATIVE LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH

26 February 2015

This lecture draws on four years of qualitative longitudinal research during which 500 interviews were conducted with the principal, parents, teachers and students in a regional low socioeconomic school and published this year as My School: listening to parents, teachers and students from a disadvantaged educational setting. This is the only contemporary longitudinal ethnographic study of a school in Australia, which examines the impact of education policy from the perspective of those who ‘do policy’ in schools. The research methodology and the findings of this research comprehensively challenge the way policy is studied as well as policy representations of low socioeconomic schools.

In the lecture, Dr Scanlon will explore how qualitative longitudinal research has the potential to change the way policy is studied by listening to the voices of the intended recipients of policy. This approach has the potential to act as a counterpoise to the policy construct of low socioeconomic communities and schools.

Methodologically, Dr Scanlon will examine the multiple theoretical approaches of symbolic interaction, its offspring narratology and the closely related policy anthropology embedded within the interpretive tradition and that frame the research. She will also discuss ways to manage and analyse the extensive data amassed in qualitative longitudinal research.

Event details

  • When: 4–5pm

  • Where: Room 438, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim.

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim
    Research Support Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 8945 | E: camilla.pilgrim@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/change-the-world.shtml

  • Speaker: Dr Lesley Scanlon is chief investigator and critical friend on a major three year longitudinal study of student engagement in a low SES High School. This National Partnership research project will provide students, parents, teachers, school administrators and policy makers with major insights into the workings of: the federal government school laptop policy, the integration of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum, the transition to high school and to the senior school. More than 300 interviews will be conducted each year of the project with students, teachers and parents. Dr Scanlon supervises PhD students engaged in researching identity, student persistence and curriculum.

Researching practice to change the world: exploring educational policy enactment through qualitative longitudinal research

Where Room 438, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

26 February 2015


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