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BERA/RCBN Master-Classes for Autumn 2004

The Research Capacity Building Network of the TLRP is funding a series of four separate one day master-classes during this autumn working in collaboration with BERA. These are part of the commitment of BERA to enhancing the quality of educational research and cutting edge debate of methodological issues and providing means of access to it for a wide audience through digital recording. All the days advertised below will be video recorded for training purposes and applicants should understand that in applying they are giving their permission to be recorded. There is no charge for attendance and lunch and refreshments are provided. Enquiries for application should be made to the relevant contacts (identified in their separate advertisements) by the deadlines given except in the case of the first in the series where inquiries may be made by late applicants.




Wednesday September 22nd 2004

From 09:45 to 16:15

Room 44, HUMSS Building
Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire

This workshop, led by Dr Pam Denicolo and Prof. Maureen Pope, introduces an approach that seeks to explore the alternative meanings that individuals and groups attribute to a range of phenomena in educational contexts. Following a brief review of the philosophy and theory underpinning the approach, participants will be introduced to key concepts, terms and processes through a practice demonstration. A range of techniques, from simple verbal and pictorial methods to complex IT packages, for eliciting meaning from research participants with different needs will then be explored. Opportunities will be provided throughout for workshop participants to raise queries and evaluate the different techniques for their own research, be it qualitative, quantitative or mixed method in general approach. More information is available here.


Monday 18th October 2004
On-line Access

The Centre for Sociocultural & Activity Theory Research at the School of Education, University of Birmingham has invited Professors Engeström and Säljö to lead a discussion which will take forward the analysis of the learning that is revealed in the use of language and other tools in workplace settings. This Master Class will be delivered on-line in real time between 10am and 3.30pm on 18th October 2004. The day’s programme will comprise a series of four hour-long themed sessions. Further details and how to apply are available here.



Friday, November 12th, 2004,
10am – 4.30pm
The University of Southampton School of Education

Convenor: Jill Bourne (University of Southampton)
Speakers: Gunther Kress (University of London Institute of Education); Pippa Stein (University of Witswatersrand); Rosie Flewitt (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southampton), Carey Jewitt (University of London Institute of Education); and Ken Jones (University of Keele).
Discussant: Rupert Wegerif (University of Southampton)

This Masterclass is intended for all researchers interested in developing new and more comprehensive ways of analysing classroom interaction. Its aim is to show the ways in which analysis of modes of communication additional to spoken and written language contribute to understanding processes of meaning-making within the classroom. It will examine the ways in which teaching and learning are carried out through the interaction of gesture, posture, gaze, etc, as well as the way in which the classroom context itself (layout, wall displays, etc) contribute to the construction both of curriculum subjects and the subjectivity of learners and teachers. Further details are available here.


Thursday, 25th November 2004,
9:30am – 4:30pm

Oxford Brookes University
Westminster Institute of Education
Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford OX2 9AT

The main aim of the day is to develop critical insights on methodology and methods in comparative and international education research. Presentations by Prof. Jan van den Akker (University of Twente, NL), Prof. Stephen Gorard (University of York), Prof. Marilyn Osborn (University of Bristol) and Dr Birgit Pepin (Oxford Brookes University) will address issues of diversity, generalisation and the development of theory with different methodological approaches. Click here for further details and booking information.



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