Inspired!

Group Members

Our Vision

Being productive in a social, supportive and safe environment.

Philosophy

Being a doctoral student, especially if part-time, can be isolating. Having regular, structured contact with those going through the same experience has positive benefits. The Inspired Research Group was therefore set up around the notion of a Community of Practice (CoP) where all participants negotiated the proposed outcomes and activities to enhance learning and motivation for each other. Whilst aspects of the group are facilitated by the supervisor, all members Including the supervisor, are seen as leaders, contributors and learners.

Research Focus

The Inspired! members share a commitment to high quality research that is applied in its orientation and utilises methods that value the active role of participants in the research process. The projects centre on questions of importance to children, their families, their teachers and the professionals working with them. Members acknowledge that there are multiple ways of researching and utilise a range of methodologies including mixed-methods, case study, ethnography, participatory techniques and action research. This diversity is highly valued as it enhances the research knowledge and skills of all members.

Activities

The group meets fortnightly for a two hour, on-campus meeting: two members live in Perth and join by Zoom when they can. Sessions are planned at the beginning of the year with members nominating dates when they will present work to the group. Activities include writing support/feedback, sessions aimed at research skill development and workshops conducted by external presenters. The sessions also always include a 15 minute debrief session where members are able to discuss any issues or questions they may have in a safe environment.

2018 Activities

As well as the regular, fortnightly meetings and critiquing of each other’s work, the group had a three day writing retreat sponsored by CER and the School. One of the group members, Michelle Rose submitted her thesis and will graduate in December.

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