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Postgraduate research colloquium

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


One of the most successful events during the recent Research Week at ECU was a postgraduate research colloquium hosted by the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research - Research Journeys in Education. The colloquium, held on Friday 21 August, brought together education postgraduate researchers and gave them a forum to showcase their research and to network with other researchers.

Attended by almost 100 staff and students, the event was a great success and provided an excellent opportunity for PhD and Master by Research students to hear presentations from other postgraduates working in the same academic discipline and to network with fellow education researchers.

The event had a conference style format and 32 students at all stages of their research degrees presented to small groups based on themes such as Leadership, Science Education, Maths Education, Writing, ICT, Reading and Literacy, The Arts, and Teaching and Other Cultures. Sessions were chaired by academics and generated lively discussion and constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Staff and students alike were impressed with the range and sophistication of the research.

Students reported that they found the experience of presenting their research in a conference style format most helpful for consolidating their ideas, while new and prospective Education research students gained valuable insight to the research journey ahead.  As one student said “Besides the showcase of fascinating research it clarified a lot for me in terms of my own PhD proposal for the future.  Thank you for organising such a wonderful event… Also, for me, there was a feeling and sense of community in the room (that's the best way I can describe it). It was really comforting, safe and friendly.”

Often a postgraduate’s research student’s journey is quite a solitary one.  So the chance to share their journey with others is always welcome. “It was a fabulous evening having the opportunity to hear what others are doing and especially being reminded that one is not alone in this journey was great.  For me, it forced me to crystallise my thinking… I found presenting to my peers and others both nerve-racking and exhilarating – an invaluable opportunity.”

Thanks to Prof. Brenda Cherednichenko for her welcoming address and to the organising committee of Prof. Mark Hackling, Prof. Cher Ping Lim, A/Prof. Jan Gray, A/Prof. Paul Newhouse, Ms Barbara Bowra and Dr Susan Hill.


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