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Education research that makes a difference

29 October 2012
Professor Patrick Danaher and Professor Babara Comber at the 10th Research Symposium, held at Springfield campus.

Bringing together academics and students, the 10th Research Symposium held at the USQ Springfield campus (18 & 24 October), explored the theme of ‘Researching mainstreams, margins and the spaces in-between’.

Chaired by the Associate Dean Research Professor Patrick Danaher and organised through the Postgraduate and Early Career Research (PGECR) group the symposium explored how education research creates new understandings and ideas about education and expands its reach and availability for all.

Presentations dealt with critical questions such as who has power and access to education and who has not, and how researchers can help to address this imbalance.

Dean of the Faculty of Education Professor Nita Temmerman said the symposium was focussed on undertaking research in the field of Education to make a difference.

'The symposium also aimed to help arrive at effective strategies for doing good research,' Professor Temmerman said.

Other areas explored included embedding Indigenous Australian perspectives in the Australian curriculum, studies into self-determination theory and self-regulated learning and the development of higher order thinking skills in the writing of first year undergraduates. Seventeen researchers shared their work over the two days.

Professor Temmerman commended the PGECR on securing experienced keynote speakers, Professor Margaret Barrett, Head of the School of Music at the University of Queensland and Professor Barbara Comber, Research Professor at the Queensland University of Technology.

'Professor Barrett acted as rapporteur for the first day, summarising key findings and led discussions of issues arising at the symposium,' she said.

'Professor Comber ran an ARC Grant Writing Workshop and spoke about thinking beyond individual research programs to build a coherent research agenda.'

The 10th PGECR symposium was supported by the Faculty of Education and the Director of the Springfield campus Mr Doug Fraser who made all attendees welcome at the campus.

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