Challenges in the Conduct of Education Research
This presentation will focus on the challenging context of education research in Australia. It will first focus on the challenges and opportunities in renewing the academic and research workforce in Australian education research, drawing particularly from the work conducted by the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE, 2010) and a larger project sponsored by the Australian Association of Research in Education and the ACDE (Seddon et al, 2012).
The presentation will then focus on two research projects with which I have been involved focussing on larger questions for women's work and career development (Bimrose et al, 2015; Doherty, Patton & Shield, 2015). Each of these projects emphasises the gendered issues for women in developing work trajectories, and within the context of the first section of the presentation, research careers in the academy.
Finally, as a former Dean of a large Faculty of Education, and within the focus of changing the discourse, I will outline systemic strategies with which to intentionally build research capacity of staff within education faculties. In addition, I will share some personal strategies to build and maintain personal research momentum in busy and changing work contexts.
About the Speaker
Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton was appointed as Chair, Queensland College of Teachers Board in August 2017. Since that time, she has actively worked with the College, as well as with all external stakeholders. In addition, she is currently a member of the AITSL expert panel undertaking the National Review of Teacher Registration. She is former Executive Dean, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She served in that role from 2006-2015. Prior to this she was a Professor and Head of School in the Faculty from 2000-2006. She was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor from QUT Council in July 2016.
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