Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Quantitative ethnography: human science in the age of big data

8 November 2017

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

As its title suggests, this seminar, presented by international authority Professor David Williamson Shaffer, will examine the transformation of education and the social sciences in the age of big data. The tools of quantitative ethnography integrate data-mining, discourse analysis, social interactionism, cognition, learning science, statistics, and ethnography into an emerging – and growing – human science whose research products are numbers and meaning. In this context, they do not fight each other; rather they produce new ideas and innovative ways of thinking about data and data analysis. Research students and staff interested in teaching, learning, meaning-making, culture, social interaction, and human development will find this talk to be among the first shots fired in a research-methods revolution.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

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

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770
    E: ling.wu@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: David Williamson Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Obel Foundation Professor of Learning Analytics at the Aalborg University, Copenhagen, and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He began his career in the US and with the US Peace Corps in Nepal, as a classroom teacher and teacher-trainer in mathematics, history, science and ESL. Professor Shaffer’s postgraduate qualifications are from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a 2003–2005 National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow and a 2008–2009 European Union Marie Curie Fellow. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006) and Quantitative Ethnography (Madison, WI: Cathcart Press, 2017).

Quantitative ethnography: human science in the age of big data

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

When

8 November 2017


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