Transformers

Academic Members:

Associate Professor Christine Woodrow

Associate Professor Loshini Naidoo

Dr Kumara Ward

Adjunct Dr Leonie Arthur


Research Focus:

The Transformers group coheres around several key understandings about research. These include:

  • Commitments to quality research and a high regard for its social value and contribution;
  • Approaches to research that incorporate potential for capacity building/knowledge building for participants;
  • Reciprocity; educational justice and the value of collaboration in research.

Most research is conducted within the qualitative interpretative paradigm and draws on a range of social theories that include, but are not limited to feminist-postructural theories. Methodologies include participative action research, narrative approaches, case study and ethnography. A number of participants are researching early years contexts and family/parent engagement is another key area of enquiry.


Activities:

The group meets face to face for two hours on alternate months. These meetings incorporate professional learning activities to build research skills, peer support and student contributions.  A one-day seminar is being planned for mid October

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