Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Qualitative and quantitative research methods


24 May 2016

Arts-informed research methodologies are innovative qualitative approaches to research. Termed ‘third space methodologies’ (O’Toole and Beckett, 2010) they  provoke a disruption of conventional and taken-for–granted  ways of thinking about knowledge and research. Such methodologies enable the exploration of research questions, dilemmas, issues or experiences that touch on the liminal nature of professions like education and social work. Imaginative literary, visual and performing processes and artistry are recruited for investigations to help “perceive patterns in new ways, find sensuous openings into new understandings, fresh concepts, wild possibilities…subvert the ordinary and see the extraordinary” (Neilsen, 1998, p. 274).

Extending the ways that researchers can describe, interpret, analyse and represent their findings has the potential to improve inquiry possibilities. This seminar will explore some of the guiding principles and processes that underpin arts-informed research and examine some of the challenges and issues that continue to be raised.

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: Research Student Liaison officer
    T: +61 2 9351 6268

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Robyn Ewing is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts at The University of Sydney. She teaches in the areas of curriculum, English and drama, working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Robyn is passionate about the arts and education and the role quality arts experiences and processes can and should play in pedagogy across the curriculum.

    In the areas of English, literacy and the arts, Robyn's research has particularly focused on the use of educational or process drama with authentic literary texts to develop students' critical literacies. She has been published widely in this area.

    Her current research interests also include teacher education, especially the experiences of early-career teachers and the role of mentoring; sustaining curriculum innovation; and evaluation, inquiry and case-based learning. She is particularly interested in innovative qualitative research methodologies including the role of the Arts in educational research.

    Robyn was president of the Primary English Teachers Association from 2001–2006 and is currently national president of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and vice president of Sydney Story Factory. She is also a council member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

    Within the school, Robyn was inaugural co-director of the innovative Master of Teaching degree and has also been Acting Dean; Pro Dean, Associate Dean, Academic Programs; Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning; Director, Program Director BEd(Primary); and Director, Division of Professional Learning.

    An experienced primary teacher and teacher educator, Robyn has a commitment to quality teaching and learning at all levels of education. She enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices. She has worked as an academic mentor with teachers at a range of Sydney primary and secondary schools with the major focus on transforming the curriculum using the arts as critical, quality pedagogy.

Qualitative and quantitative research methods: arts-based inquiry

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


24 May 2016

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