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BERA/RCBN Master-Classes for Autumn 2004




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.

There is no charge for this workshop but places are limited. Please respond promptly and no later than July 9th 2004.

For an application form please apply to:

Mrs Helen Apted
Institute of Education
University of Reading
Bulmershe Court, Earley Berkshire RG6 1HY

Outline of Programme

9.45 - 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome, Introductions and Format of Day
10.15 - 11.00 Introduction to the philosophical and theoretical bases of the Research Approach and to the range of techniques available.
11.00 - 11.45 Introduction to key concepts, terms and processes through a demonstration Repertory Grid.
11.45 – 12.30

Question and answer session on applications during which alternative forms of Grids will be introduced.

12.30 – 1.30 Buffet LUNCH with all expert speakers
1.30 – 2.00 Eliciting Constructs through Conversational Interviews (with 10 minutes for Questions).
2.00 – 2.30 Eliciting Constructs using Visual Images (with 10 minutes for Questions).
2.30 – 3.00 Exploring the development of constructs through ‘Rivers of Experience’. (with 10 minutes for Questions).
3.00 – 3.30 TEA with opportunity to discuss ideas with speakers.
3.30 – 4.00 Issues related to technique selection, analysis and interpretation
4.00 – 4.15 Closing Summary


A range of resources will be on display for perusal during breaks.



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