Pre-Conference Workshops

A pre-conference workshop day will be held on Sunday, 26 November 2017 in conjunction with the AARE Conference 2017. Registration fees to attend the pre-conference workshops will be in addition to the registration fee to attend the conference.

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Please note: The pre-conference workshop program is subject to change at the discretion of the Program Committee.

Keynote Presentation - Dr Glenn C Savage

In this keynote address, Dr. Glenn Savage will explore the various challenges, possibilities and frustrations facing early career researchers as they seek to navigate the complex terrain of research funding in Australia and beyond. Based on his journey from being a postgraduate student through to receiving an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Dr Savage will reflect on the highs and lows of grant writing, the challenge of crafting a coherent and strategic research agenda, tips for building a publication portfolio amidst heavy teaching and administrative workloads, and the importance of being proactive in seeking funding and other research opportunities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Keynote - Professor Tracey Bunda

Tracey Bunda is a Ngugi Wakka Wakka woman and in this address engages in a dialogue with the participants that draws on her own long, tiring, happy, gut-wrenching health, challenging, weird, isolating, angry, frustrating and relatively steady career. In this address Tracey’s conversation with participants will give rise to lessons for survivability and thoughtfulness for legacies translated to the next generations of academics.

Workshop 1 - Australian Research Council assessment processes for DECRA proposals - Professor Therese Jefferson

This presentation will provide an overview of the early ‘lifecycle stages’ of a proposal submitted under the Australian Research Council’s DECRA scheme. Specific parts of the discussion will include how proposals are: (i) considered against eligibility criteria and compliance with the Funding Rules; (ii) assessed by Detailed Assessors; (iii) clarified through the rejoinder process; and (iv) assessed by general assessors. The presentation will take into account the need for Early Career Researchers to understand the importance of components of a grant application that complement the project description, including the importance of appropriate FoR codes and project summaries.

Workshop 2 - Networking as research practice and career building - Associate Professor Sue Nichols

Early career researchers are often advised to 'network' but it is often not clear what this means. Often networking can be presented as a limited instrumental practice of getting to know and impress influential people. This session will present a richer view of networking as a methodological orientation that can enrich the practice of education research as well as assist in navigating career trajectories. It will draw on the conceptual resources of social network and actor network theories and give practical examples of their application to the practice of education research and researcher career building.

Workshop 3 - Peer review: Perils, pitfalls and possibilities - Dr Nicole Mockler

The peer review process can appear opaque, confusing and on occasion terrifying for early career researchers. This workshop will explore the peer review process, with particular reference to peer review of journal articles. It aims to develop strategies for both conducting peer reviews as an early career researcher and responding to peer reviews on your own work.

Workshop 4 - Research as resistance: Designing and applying innovative methodological approaches - Melitta Hogarth

What is accepted as ‘good research’ and the ‘truth’ within academia is founded within the struggles of power and dominance (Brown & Strega, 2005). With the transition from being ‘the researched’ to ‘the researcher’, the emancipatory properties of research are being challenged as those from marginalised groups enter and disrupt the academy. Earlier this year, I had published, in the Australian Educational Researcher, my introduction to an innovative methodological approach that I am developing within my PhD studies (Hogarth, 2017). Indigenous Critical Discourse Analysis investigates and makes explicit the power of language to maintain and sustain control over Indigenous peoples. The fusion of Indigenist theories and methodologies with Fairclough’s Critical Discourse Analysis allows opportunity for silenced voices to speak back to the dominant norms. In this workshop presentation, I present the struggles, the tensions and the complexities experienced as a PhD candidate whose research is resisting and speaking back to the institutionalised academic norms. I share the fears and the triumphs experienced as I navigate the highs and lows of establishing my position within the academy.

Workshop 5 - Building a media plan: Disseminating research to the public - Associate Professor Anna Sullivan

This workshop will examine how to disseminate research using mainstream and social media to improve public understanding of key educational issues. It will draw on Habermas’ notion of the ‘public intellectual’ to explore how educational researchers can build a media plan. It will present a case study to illustrate how a researcher engaged as a scholar in the ‘public sphere’ through blogs, public events, media releases and media interviews. Workshop participants will be encouraged to consider how to build their own media plan.

Workshop 6 - Dating/flirting with dangerous ideas: Fun ways to expand research imagination and creativity - Dr Matthew AM Thomas

Developing innovative and provocative research ideas is a core activity for any researcher. Yet amidst the increasing demands of our work (e.g., busyness, working in isolation), it’s often challenging to carve out time and space for creative thinking and the ideation of new research pursuits. This workshop will create a venue for early career researchers (ECRs) to cultivate and expand their research imagination(s) in a fun and low-stakes setting. It draws upon the work of C. Wright Mills and uses unique and experiential activities such as ‘speed-dating with dangerous ideas’ to help push ECRs towards the production of profound and ground-breaking research. Swipe right to attend the session, and come ready to create!

Panel Discussion - Professional pathways: Navigating the professional academic landscape post PhD - Dr Glenn C Savage, Dr Abbey MacDonald, Professor Tracey Bunda and Professor Martin Mills

While the doctorate was once perceived as preparation for an academic position, internationally more than half of all graduates leave the higher education sector by choice or lack of opportunity (McAlpine & Emmioğlu, 2015). Recent research exploring how post-docs navigate their professional landscape indicates that certain existing and acquired academic practices, attributes, dispositions and behaviours collectively form a type of doctoral capital that alumni can then use in the academic market place (Walker & Yoon, 2017). This panel has been assembled in response to the indicated curiosity of our AARE postgraduate student and Early Career Researcher audience, in which we will explore the post-doctoral pathway experiences of four academics, spanning early through to established and consolidated career trajectories. In extrapolating their journeys, we will then together have opportunity to make individual and shared meaning of our own and our peers potential post-PhD pathways, and attempt to make sense of today’s academic landscape for those seeking to work in Education-centric academic contexts.
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