Past Event details

Developing theories through your research

Thursday, 06 July 2017

The purpose of this interactive event is to help newer researchers to consider how they might develop theories through their research.

The workshop is designed to give early career researchers an insight into the relations between the development of theories, the reviewing of literature and the analysis of  data. It will also highlight that often the development of a theoretical framework is something that is an ongoing, iterative part of the research process rather than something that is settled once-and-for-all at the beginning of projects.  

The workshop will be equally useful to those working on empirical and non-empirical research studies.

Preparation work

As pre-reading, please look at this article: Ashwin, P (2012) How often are theories developed through empirical research in higher education? Studies in Higher Education, 37: 941-955.

We would also like you to come prepared with a particular project that you would like to develop theory in relation to. You will be working on these in their small groups

Facilitator: Paul Ashwin is Professor of Higher Education in the  Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK. Paul’s research focuses on teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education and their relations to higher education policies. Paul’s book Analysing Teaching-Learning Interactions in Higher Education (2009, Continuum) critically examined different approaches to conceptualizing teaching–learning interactions in higher education. He is the lead author of Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (2015, Bloomsbury), which is designed for all of those working in higher education who are interested in further developing research-informed approaches to university teaching.  Paul is a co-investigator in the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), a partnership of three UK universities and eight international universities led by the UCL Institute of Education in London. 

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Thursday, 06 July 2017
Times: 10.45-15.00
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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