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Developing research capacity in qualitative inquiry

One-day seminar
New Hall, Cambridge University
Wednesday 12th May 2004

Hosted by: TLRP Research Capacity Building Network (RCBN) in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University


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The Research Capacity Building Network in collaboration with the School of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University invite you to the second in our series of seminars on Qualitative Research In Teaching And Learning: Quality, Innovation And Future Directions.

This one-day seminar explores some of the tensions and possibilities of developing research capacity in contexts of qualitative inquiry. While policy-makers and funding agencies are increasingly focussing on the capacity of researchers to carry out “quality” research, this seminar examines how qualitative researchers are responding to these demands. It presents a range of views on the commensurability of qualitative research with current conceptions of capacity building, and the extent to which the interests and intentions of qualitative research can be situated within these current frameworks.

The seminar has a particular focus on qualitative approaches to research and practice. Speakers have been invited to present in-progress papers on teaching and learning research that situates concepts of “partnership” at the centre of the relationship between research and practice.

Themes that will be addressed in this seminar include:
• how research capacity is constructed in educational research and the significance this has for qualitative educational researchers,
• initiatives in practitioner research in current teaching and learning research and the role university researchers play in supporting this.

With the aim of the seminar to develop current thinking in this area, contributors, discussants and seminar participants will be asked to reflect on the presentations and engage critically with ideas about relationships between research and practice, partnership and practitioner-research. There will be opportunities for open discussion on what research capacity means in contexts of qualitative inquiry, particularly as it relates to practitioner research. This seminar is of significance to those researchers interested in qualitative approaches to the development of policy, research and practice, as well as the practical considerations in building partnerships across these domains of interest.

Speakers include: Ian Stronach (Manchester Metropolitan University); Jan Winter (Bristol University); Peter John (University of Plymouth); Colleen McLaughlin (Cambridge University); Alan Dyson (University of Manchester).

The cost of the event is free to members of the TLRP, and all travel and other costs can be met by the RCBN for TLRP researchers. For more information about financial support in attending this event please contact the RCBN. For non-TLRP researchers there is a cost of £10 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included.

If you are interested in attending this event then please contact the RCBN or complete a booking form.

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