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Methodology on Fridays

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Burwood Corporate Centre

Level 2, Building BC

221 Burwood Highway

Burwood, Victoria 3125

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Methodology on Fridays

A series of discussions for staff and HDR students interested in the practice and problems of educational research

This series aspires to be a forum for discussion and argument about research. We will focus on methodology conceived in the broad sense of the structure and process of inquiry: from questions and theory through to ethics and the techniques of data collection and analysis.

Each session will begin with a unique ‘provocation.’ The provocation is intended to set the tone of the session by identifying and articulating a research issue which the members of the group can debate. For some sessions the provocation will aim at a synthesis of issues raised in previous sessions, and may involve a reading to further the discussion.

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Methodology on Fridays will be hosted at the following campus:

  • Burwood campus: Burwood Corporate Centre, Level 2, Building BC.

If you are unable to join us at Burwood, Methodology on Fridays will be hosted at the following campuses via virtual meeting point (VMP):

  • Geelong (Waurn Ponds) campus: Video Meeting Room IC3.108
  • Warrnambool campus: Video Meeting Room D2.30 Video

If you wish to dial in from another location using your phone or Skype, you may do so using VMP 39322. Instructions will be sent to you via email after registration.

Friday 6th July
2.00pm - 3.30pm

From 0 to nineteen methodologies in 7.5 years… and back to 0 again: An early career research “trajectory” presented by Lucinda McKnight

Early career research is characterised by numerous insecurities and uncertainties. What is the difference between method and methodology? What is a conceptual framework? Is it more like a cage or a springboard? Which methodology and methods should I “select” for my project? Where does this come in the whole process? Should I even use the word “methodology”? Can I borrow methodologies and methods from cultures that are not my own? Can I, and should I, invent methodologies and methods? What is methodological “rigor”? These are the kinds of questions that make up everyday dilemmas for doctoral students and ECRs.

This presentation takes a narrative approach to describe and trouble the notion of a career “trajectory” that results in methodological expertise. Specifically intended to be useful for HDR students and fellow ECRs across Education and the Arts, the presentation describes the design of a number of research projects and their inherent tensions, contradictions and challenges. Instead of a supermarket selection model of methodological shopping, or grab bag of approaches, the presentation posits methodology as always emergent and part of a larger creative and political endeavour. The aim is to share experiences, to collegially inspire and to engender confidence in designing projects.

Pre-reading:

St Pierre, E. A., Jackson, A. Y., & Mazzei, L. (2016). New empiricisms and new materialisms: Conditions for new inquiry. Cultural Studies <=>Critical methodologies, 16(2), 99-110. doi:10.1177/1532708616638694





Lucinda McKnight is a Lecturer in Pedagogy and Curriculum in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. She has published on research methodologies in a range of journals including The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Gender and Education.


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Friday 3 August

Making Educational Research Distinctive by Focussing on 'Education' - Associate Professor Scott Webster.

Details TBC.


Friday 31 August

TBC - Dr Trace Ollis

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Friday 5 October

TBC - Associate Professor Mary Dixon

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Friday 2 November

Systematic Reviews, Evidence Synthesis and the Essay: How can we Make Sense of Reviewing the Literature? - Associate Professor Margaret Bearman

Details TBC.


Friday 7 December

The Vicious Nature of Curiosity in Video-Based Research: The Need to Embrace Wonder - Dr Joe Ferguson

Details TBC.

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Burwood, Victoria 3125

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