Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Working with theory in social research

HOW TO DO THINGS WITH THEORY

6 August 2015

Why bother with the abstract and arcane world of theory? Isn’t research a matter of observing, classifying and arranging facts? In this lecture, we will discuss the important role of theory in framing our research projects, guiding how we define problems, collect data, and arrive at conclusions and solutions. As a demonstration of this, we will explore how three broad theoretical approaches in qualitative research – phenomenological, critical, and poststructural – each address phenomena encountered in educational institutions differently. Along the way, we will also encounter some of the key thinkers that have been most influential in each approach – Husserl, Heidegger, Marx, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, Derrida, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari – as well as those who have conducted educational research on the basis of their theories.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 527, 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.

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/working-with-theory.shtml

  • Speaker: Dr Remy Low has been a secondary social science teacher, a lecturer and tutor in gender and cultural studies, and the academic adviser for the Mount Druitt University Hub project for widening participation in higher education. He completed his PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in 2013 on the interaction between economic, cultural and educational policies in the debate over religious schooling in Australia. Dr Low's research interests centre on issues of identity and diversity in educational and cultural institutions. He is also interested in academic mentoring, as well as discursive, psychosocial, fictional and narrative approaches to educational research.

Working with theory in social research: how to do things with theory

Where Room 527, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

6 August 2015


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