Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

This page is no longer updated. Page archived at: Fri, 11 Sep 2015

Qualitative and quantitative research methods


10 September 2015

The rights of children and young people not only to be listened to and heard, but also for their views to be acted upon are now enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
(Article 12). Australia is a signatory to the Convention, but its observation is more often in the breach than in its enactment. However, a number of schools have understood that the perspectives of young people, both in terms of explicit programs and those that can be said to constitute the hidden curriculum, can provide an essential element in their design, improvement and enactment; students' participation in decision-making can enhance their engagement and motivation; that is, when young people believe they have an opportunity to engage in the decision-making process, they have a greater affiliation to their rights-respecting schools.

This presentation will draw upon cases from within the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools that includes both member schools and affiliated cultural institutions such as the State Library of New South Wales, where the inclusion of ‘student voice’ has made a positive contribution to student wellbeing. As well, it will discuss a range of student-friendly inquiry methods and their associated ethical challenges.

Finally, there will be a brief discussion regarding the need to be cautious of procedures that seek to legitimate rather than authentically critique policies and practices in schools.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Susan Groundwater-Smith is an honorary professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She has co-authored a number of books and journal articles that make the case for participatory research with children and young people, including:
    • • Mockler, N. and Groundwater-Smith (2015). Engaging with Student
        Voice in Research, Education and Community: Beyond Legitimation and
      . Rotterdam: Springer.

    • • Groundwater-Smith, S., Dockett, S. and Bottrell, D. (2015) Participatory
        Research with Children and Young People
      . London: Sage

    • • Groundwater-Smith, S. and Mockler, N. (2015). "Why Global Policies
        Fail Disengaged Young People at the Local Level". In H. Proctor,
        P. Brownlee, P. Freebody (Eds.) Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy
        and Heresy in Policy and Practice
      . Rotterdam: Springer

    • • Groundwater-Smith, S., Ewing, R. and Le Cornu, R. (2015). Teaching:
        Challenges & Dilemmas
      (5th Edition). Melbourne: Cengage.

    • • Groundwater-Smith, S., Mayes, E. and Arya Pinatyh, K. (2014). "A
        bridge over troubling waters in education: The complexity of a
        'students-as-co-researchers' project". Curriculum Matters,
        10 pp. 213–31.

    Susan continues to advise and research in the area and is working on a project that is investigating with young people “how do I know I am learning?; and how do you know I am learning?”

Qualitative and quantitative research methods: methods for researching with children and young people

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


10 September 2015

Outlook / iCal Yahoo! Windows Live! Google