Programme for Research Students’ Education Conference 2015

09:30-10:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome Address

Dr. Paula Clarke (PGRT) and Regan Holden (UG intern)

10:15-11:35 Oral presentations 1a Oral presentations 1b
Academic Chair: Professor John Monaghan

Committee Chair:  Geoffrey Nsanja

·      Herri Mulyono: When the data do not meet the statistical assumptions: Some tips

·      Xiaoyin Yang: Mobile devices supporting international students to overcome language and culture difficulties during study abroad

·      Irfan Rifai: A dilemma of employing online sources and photographs: ethical and practical issues

·      Ibtissam Al-Farah: Women and Education: A case study of IFAD’s Educational Programmes for Women in Yemen

Academic Chair: Dr. Mary Chambers

Committee Chair: Loreto Aliaga-Salas

·      Aparna Gummadi: A study of nutrition education in early years settings in England

·      Ghada Alhudaithi: Teachers’ attitudes towards the inclusion of children with autism in Saudi Arabian mainstream classrooms

·      Maria Doukanari: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – The case of Cyprus

·      Katie Gathercole: Using Adobe Connect to overcome issues of researcher proximity when interviewing children and young people

11:35-11:55 Coffee/Tea Break and Poster Viewing
11:55-12:55 Oral presentations 2a Oral presentations 2b
Academic Chair: Dr. Martin Lamb

Committee Chair: Chung Gilliland

·   Jessica Bradley: Can I sit next to you? Partnership working in applied linguistics research

·   Rumana Hossain: Returnee Professionals Experience in Higher Educational Context: Digging In or Digging Out…

·   Jin A Kim: Critical thinking in academic writing

Academic Chair: Dr. Martin Wedell

Committee Chair: Arwa Gandeel

·   Khawla Badwan: Whose Language and Why? Reflections on Dealing with Bilingual Interview Data

·   Melike Bulut: Reflections on the Use of Stimulated Recall Interviews in a Teacher Education Context

·   Tasnima Aktar: Orchestrating Listening Strategies: Methodological Concerns

12:55-13:55 Lunch and Poster Viewing
13:55-14:55 Oral presentations 3a Oral presentations 3b
Academic Chair: Dr. Jean Conteh

Committee Chair: Rumana Hossain

·   Samyia Ambreen: Interviewing primary school children informally in an ethnographic research

·   Nasir Mahmood: Misrecognition of intersectional performance of gender, religion and education in lives of adult British Pakistanis in educational and social contexts.

·   Nordiana Zakir: Bruneian Preschool Teachers and The Transformation of Early Childhood Landscape in Brunei Darussalam: A Case Study

Academic Chair: Professor Alice Deignan

Committee Chair: Tasnima Aktar

·   Arwa Gandeel:  Using interviews to explore teacher beliefs: the role of the researcher

·   Gisela Oliveira:  Writing to Remember: The role of field notes in starting and developing the data analysis process

14.55-15.40 Round table discussion 1: Round table discussion 2:
Planning fieldwork, carrying out data generation, early stage of analysis.

 Academic Contributors:

 Jean Conteh

Paula Clarke

Mary Chambers

Data analysis, write up and discussion of findings.

Academic Contributors:

Matt Homer

Alice Deignan

Judith Hanks

15:40-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break and Poster Viewing
16:00-16:45 Keynote Address by Professor Stephen Gorard
16:45-17:15 Wine Reception (soft drinks available)

Posters:

  1. Mukrim Thamrin: Collaborative action research as a means of professional development for English teachers in secondary school in Indonesia
  2. Paulette Dougnac Quintana: University – Community Engagement: The case of an anchor University in Chile
  3. Tasnima Aktar: Listening Strategies and Good Listeners: a pilot study
  4. Arwa Gandeel: ‘I believe they can speak!’:Teachers’ beliefs and practices and the teaching of speaking
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Research Students’ Education Conference 2015 – Call for Papers

The School of Education at the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Department of Education at the University of York and the School of Education at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference 2015 (RSEC) to be held on Wednesday 29th April 2015. This annual conference provides postgraduate research students in education across the White Rose DTC universities a dynamic environment where they can share different aspects of their Research Journey, no matter the stage of their research they are in.

This year’s conference is focused on methodology during our PhD journey. Presentations are encouraged to discuss issues which may include (without being limited to) research experiences, challenges, dilemmas, linking theory to practical experiences, and impact. The conference provides an enriching opportunity to learn from colleagues and expand academic networks.

Interested postgraduate research students should send a 250-word abstract for oral presentations, which will last no longer than 15 minutes. In addition, the conference will host poster presentations, A1 size in portrait layout, and students are invited to submit 250-word abstracts for them as well. The abstract can be submitted via this page

First year research students are very welcome to share their experiences or aspirations either in a poster or presentation. If you would like some advice about your contribution, please contact us on the email below. Please send your abstract using this link by 10 April 2015.

The final programme will be available online shortly

If you have any queries or need any further information please e-mail us at  edu-rsec-conference@leeds.ac.uk

You can also tweet us at @RSEC_Leeds and # RSEC2015

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RSEC Conference – Registration is now OPEN!

posterThe School of Education at the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Department of Education at the University of York and the School of Education at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference (RSEC) to be held on 30 May 2014.

This annual conference provides postgraduate research students in education across the White Rose DTC universities a dynamic environment where they can share different aspects of their Research Journey, no matter the stage of their research they are in.

Presentations are encouraged to discuss issues which may include (without being limited to) research experiences, challenges, dilemmas, theoretical frameworks, findings and impact. The conference provides an enriching opportunity to learn from colleagues and expand academic networks.

Register your attendance online HERE

If you wish to present in this conference, please see the details in our Call for Abstracts

Conference Committee

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Research Students’ Education Conference (RSEC) 30 May 2014

MY RESEARCH JOURNEY

University House, University of Leeds

Call for Abstracts

The School of Education at the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Department of Education at the University of York and the School of Education at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference (RSEC) to be held on May 30th 2014. This annual conference provides postgraduate research students in education across the White Rose DTC universities a dynamic environment where they can share different aspects of their Research Journey, no matter the stage of their research they are in. Presentations are encouraged to discuss issues which may include (without being limited to) research experiences, challenges, dilemmas, theoretical frameworks, findings and impact. The conference provides an enriching opportunity to learn from colleagues and expand academic networks.

Interested postgraduate research students should send a 250-word abstract for oral presentations, which will last no longer than 15 minutes. In addition, the conference will host poster presentations and students are invited to submit 250-word abstracts for them as well.

First year research students are very welcome to share their experiences or aspirations either in a poster or presentation. If you would like some advice about your contribution, please contact us on the email below.

Please send your abstract using the form you will find in http://goo.gl/kzSRl5 by April 28th 2014 (N.B. there will be an opportunity to amend your abstract as we approach the date of the conference). You will be notified on May 2nd if your abstract has been accepted.

Further details along with registration information will be given at a later date.

The final programme will be available online from May 15th 2014.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet peers, share your work, and discover new insights.

If you have any queries or any problems accessing the form, please e-mail us at

edu-rsec-conference@leeds.ac.uk OR  rsec2014conference@gmail.com

Submit your abstract now!

Best wishes,

Conference Organising Committee

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Demystifying the viva

Our School of Education Research conference keynote on 9th May is entitled:

Demystifying the viva
Professor Peter Hartley will talk about common problems that doctoral students experience with the viva examination, and suggest strategies for overcoming these. This will include a demonstration of a recent software to help students prepare for the viva through a mock version carried out on a computer.

As part of the build up to the event we have asked doctoral graduates at the school of education to offer their insights on how they completed their viva. Check out the posts…

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Preparing for my viva

Svava, a doctoral graduate at the School of Education, is the first to share her insights on preparing for the viva exam. We will be posting more reflections from other graduates soon, as a build up to our conference on 9th May.
REMEMBER: The keynote speech is on “Demystifying the viva”

Skrafað í skýinu

I was asked to write a bit about preparing for the viva.This  broad framework was suggested and I just doggedly follow it:


1) how did you prepare for the viva? What was your strategy?

I did all the usual things. My strategy was to know what I was talking about, to be prepared for all the usual questions and try to relax and enjoy the experience.

I did the training provided by my university, that was a good exercise. It gave you a good idea of what to expect. Especially if you are doing your viva in a second language it is good to get practical things such as pronouncing the word pedagogy well practiced.

I had a mock with my supervisors, very useful, they provided a list of typical questions an examiner might ask.

I read through the thesis in the week before.

I tried to talk about…

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Call for Posters

We invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts for poster presentations on any area of educational research for the School of Education Research Students’ Annual Conference in May.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts for posters must be received by: Monday 30 April 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: On or before Friday 19th April
  • Conference:  Thursday 9 May 2013

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (excluding title, keywords, and references) and should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to edstudent.conference@gmail.com

The deadline is Monday 15 April 2013. No late submissions will be accepted. Note that we can ONLY accept abstracts from postgraduate students. We are unable to consider abstracts from authors whose doctoral awards have already been made.

There will be a dedicated poster session on the day of the conference. We regret that we are unable to provide funding for the printing of posters. Costs towards this must be met fully by the student.

We look forward to hearing from you

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Reblogging from my own blog

Ibrar's space

Been discussing with Dimi Kaneva (http://dkaneva.wordpress.com) about the idea of doing some posts on the different genres that a doctoral student needs to master. This is because we agreed that it’s not just about doing the thesis, writing papers, etc. but that a doctoral student should also write for non-academic audiences to ensure wider ‘impact’, engage in dissemination strategies, etc.

This first post is about the upgrade, or ‘transfer’, process. Timely since I just completed mine successfully 🙂

The document submitted as part of an upgrade or transfer process in a doctorate is a
particular genre of writing that is sometimes underplayed by doctoral students. As a genre, it represents, among other things, a cogent proposal of your doctorate, its potential implications, and the context of your study. When done effectively, it’s a great way to conceptualise your study: the what, why, how, and so what of it. It addresses…

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Theory Group meeting reflection

Please check out Valerie’s reflection on the latest Theory Group meeting at the School of Education.

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Less is more…

“PechaKucha” is a presentation style in which a topic is presented concisely and clearly in 5 minutes. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, allows for multiple-speaker events sometimes called “Pecha Kucha Nights”. Such events are subsequently great places for a snapshot of a project or idea, and for networking through follow up discussions.

Had enough of long, drawn out presentations?

Well here, at the School of Education, we welcome you to fine-tune, hone, and offer your ‘elevator pitch’ at our Pechakucha afternoon.

BUT FIRST! Please read the following guidelines and requirements:

  1. The presentation should be about your research, either that which you have carried out or are planning to carry out as part of your postgraduate research.
  2. Stick to the genesis of your project. The what, why, how, and so what of it.
  3. Stick to no more than 5 PowerPoint slides or 5 ‘nodes’ to zoom if you are using Prezi.
  4. You may bring an object (realia) and discuss without a PowerPoint if you wish. This may be a viable option, considering the time limit.
  5. You don’t have to cover every single aspect of your research; remember to whet the appetites of the attendees: short and snappy.

Remember that conceptualising your research, and presenting a clear and cogent reasoning for it, is part of being a postgraduate research student. This is a great opportunity to practise the skill of doing this verbally in front of a friendly audience of your peers.

Your proposals/ abstracts must be three lines long (around   three sentences), and sent to us at soepechakucha@gmail.com by 7th January 2013.

Pecha Kucha afternoon flyer

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