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USQ academics present research at international forum

05 Dec 2016 | Tags:
Five people standing together
(From left) Dr Georgina Barton, Associate Professor Margaret Baguley, Professor Gert Biesta, Dr Martin Kerby and Associate Professor Janet McDonald.

Three USQ academics presented at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference recently.

Associate Professors Margaret Baguley and Janet McDonald and Senior Lecturer Dr Martin Kerby joined Griffith University’s Dr Georgina Barton at the Victoria University of Wellington.

The delegates were chosen to represent the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) after presenting at the AARE Conference last year.

The representatives presented three papers from their symposium, titled ‘The Theory of Everything: The impact of the arts in enhancing the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals and communities’.

“Our presentation provided an exploration, and an interrogation, of the Arts and their capacity not only to address the deficits in education but to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community in their own right,” Dr Kerby said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to share our work and we were all privileged to represent AARE and our respective institutions at the conference.”

Dr Kerby said the three-day forum provided a valuable networking opportunity and the chance to hear from other professionals involved in educational research.

Education is, at its core, a profoundly human engagement, one that is enriched by collaborative opportunities,” he said.

“We were able to establish networks with our colleagues in New Zealand, who face many of the same challenges we do, and to share strategies and approaches that will prove mutually beneficial.

“It also allowed us access to world leaders in education such as Professor Gert Biesta from the Brunel University London, who kindly acted as discussant to our presentation.”

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the conference was a great opportunity for the group to present their research and network with fellow educators and industry leaders.

“The University’s support for their presentation at NZARE is indicative of our commitment to the creation and maintenance of a research culture,” Professor Thomas said.

“The conference offered opportunities for our academics to make real and lasting contributions to education.”