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Research Induction Workshops, May 2013
From 1 May to 9 May 2013, Professor Max Smith and Hywel Ellis are visiting the Far North Coast of NSW. They are meeting with principals and conducting research induction workshops at schools which have joined the study.
The research induction workshops for Hunter Central Coast and Northern Sydney schools will be held late in late May/early June 2013. Exact dates will soon be advised to participating schools and Aspirations Research Liaison Officers.
Professor Max Smith and our project managers Hywel Ellis and Elizabeth McDonald visited the North Coast of NSW to develop partnerships with schools and communities across the region. The team met with principals, teachers and community members in a number of locations. In a very successful visit, several of the schools have now joined the study and many others have expressed interest in joining.
Students, parents/carers and teaching staff at participating schools are now responding to surveys. Invitation packs have been sent home with students and parents/carers are encouraged to return the yellow consent form to their child's school. Parents/carers and teachers, please look out for the link to the online survey in your email inbox. If you do not have access to the Internet at home, please request a paper copy of the survey from your child's school.
The University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved the research design of the study. The State Education Research Approval Process (SERAP) has also signed off on the study, allowing the recruitment of schools for the longitudinal component of the study. We’ll be contacting principals over the coming weeks.
A small pilot study to refine our questionnaires and administration processes is currently underway. Students, their parents/guardians and teachers have from four schools have been responding to the online questionnaires. Early feedback from teachers indicates this has been a useful exercise to help students understand research processes, and also to think about their future education and career goals.
ARLO Workshops, TBA
Induction workshops for Aspirations Research Liaison Officers (ARLOs)will be conducted in the North Coast, Hunter Central Coast and Northern Sydney regions in the coming months. Details TBA.
Professors Jenny Gore, James Albright and Max Smith will present preliminary findings from the Aspirations Pilot Study at the AARE-APERA Research Conference to be held at the University of Sydney. Professor Trevor Gale (Deakin University, Victoria) will be the discussant for the symposium.
The Educational Research Institute Newcastle will host Professor Trevor Gale (Deakin University, Victoria) and Professor Lesley Andres (University of British Columbia, Canada) in November and December respectively. Professors Gale and Andres will deliver separate lectures on their research into the career and educational aspirations of young people. The Aspirations team looks forward to meeting and working with these eminent researchers.
Planning is underway to hold workshops for the teachers who will undertake the important role of research liaison officers (we’ve given them the catchy acronym of ‘ARLO’). The exact date is yet to be determined, but it is likely to be early in school Term 4. These workshops will provide participating teachers with unregistered professional development, useful for meeting the evidential requirements of continued accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers.
Professor Max Smith, Dr Kathryn Holmes and Mr Hywel Ellis will present information about the study, its theoretical underpinnings and methodology to teachers at the DEC Hunter-Central Coast Symposium to be held at Pokolbin. A questionnaire workshopping activity will follow, giving teachers a valuable insight into the questionnaire development process and allowing the researchers to receive useful feedback from practicing school teachers.