Higher Degree Research Student Conference

Annual Higher Degree Research Student-Led Conference

The 2016 conference will take place on 15 July.

The Annual HDR Student-Led Conference is a one-day showcase of postgraduate research in education and a celebration of the significant contributions made by postgraduate researchers. The goal of the student-led conference is to share research in education through a number of topics, such as:

As a postgraduate student, you are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference to be held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Submissions are open to postgraduate research students from universities across Australia. The purpose of the conference is to bring together research students interested in education to present and share their research ideas, and the conference provides a great opportunity for higher-education students to meet with students from other universities.

The program will include:

  • Presentations by students
  • Round-table discussions with other students from the same research interest/field
  • A session on “How to survive a PhD program” - a discussion forum with our academic staff who are in the Early Career Research (ECR) stage of development.

Register for the conference here    

Please note: All conference attendees, either as a presenter or non-presenter, are required to register.

*Registration is free for presenters and other participants.

See the Abstract guidelines below.


Keynote speaker: Professor Anne Burns

Abstract

'Researching teacher cognition: Key concepts and ontological developments'

Over the last three decades research on teacher cognition, a relatively new field of educational enquiry, has grown rapidly. This research recognises that what teachers do as they conduct their professional activities is strongly influenced and mediated by what they think, believe and know. Teachers are the “executive decision makers” (Barnard & Burns, 2012) of the classroom, who bring into their daily practice the influences of their previous educational experiences, professional development, personal philosophies, and beliefs about teaching, learning and learners.

In this talk I draw on my experiences of conducting and publishing teacher cognition research in the field of English language teaching. I begin by outlining some of the major concepts used in language teacher cognition research and consider how the focus of research in this field has shifted across four major ‘ontologies’ (or theories about the nature of being) of empirical investigation. I will describe studies that illustrate each of these ontologies and will also comment on the advantages and limitations of various methodological approaches that were used to investigate language teacher cognition. Although the talk focuses on language teacher cognition research, the key points are likely to have application to the broader field of education.

References: Barnard, R. & Burns, A. (Eds.). (2012). Researching language teacher cognition and practice: International case studies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Professor Anne BurnsAbout Professor Anne Burns

Professor Anne Burns is a Professor of TESOL in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. She is also a Professor Emerita at Aston University, UK, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Working mainly with qualitative approaches to research, she has supervised 35 doctoral students to completion of their PhDs and is currently working as the primary supervisor with 6 other doctoral candidates. She has published extensively, producing 20 authored or edited books and over150 journal articles and book chapters. She is the academic adviser for the Oxford University Press Applied Linguistics Series and the co-editor of the Routledge Research and Resources in Language Teaching Series. She serves on the board of numerous journals, including TESOL Quarterly and Language Teaching. But one of her favourite things is to work with doctoral students and to see their excitement when they complete their PhD.


Conference Proceedings

As part of this student-led conference, the conference proceedings will be produced. A team of student reviewers will select and then blind review the full papers (not abstracts). Please note that in line with other academic conference proceedings, papers will be rigorously refereed and the number of papers to be included in the conference proceedings will be limited. Submitting work does not guarantee inclusion. Not all research presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings.

Supervisors cannot be listed or credited as co-authors of the conference proceedings.

2016 Abstract submission guidelines

Conference Abstract Submission Guidelines

Deadline for Paper and Poster Submissions: Extended deadline - 10 June 2016

Submission Criteria
This year the Student Organising Committee will select papers to be presented at the conference, based on the abstracts submission. There are only two criteria that the Committee will look for in evaluation. The criteria are: (1) the submitted work should be considered as education research in general and (b) the submitted abstracts should contain research results. The committee will not accept the work at the stage of “proposals”.

Abstracts Submission Guidelines

Please read the attached guidelines (PDF) and submit abstracts in the correct format using the attached template.

The format of the abstract should include:

Length: Between 150 and 200 words in length.
Font: Times New Roman, Font size 12.
Spacing: Single spaced, with a justified paragraph format.
Content: Abstracts should have the following content:

  • Option 1 for Empirical Papers: Title, Author, Keywords, Aims, Methods, and Results/Conclusion
  • Option 2 for Theoretical Papers: Title, Author, Keywords, Aims, and Results/Conclusion

Submissions Deadline: 30 May 2016

  • There will be a review process conducted by the conference Student Organising Committee to accept/reject the abstracts and thus not all submitted papers will be presented at the 5th Annual Higher Degree Student-Led Conference.
  • Supervisors cannot be listed or credited as co-presenter at this conference.
  • Two papers will be awarded as the Best Papers of the Conference. The evaluation for the Best Papers will be made based on the full paper submission, not based on the abstracts or conference presentation. The announcement for the Best Papers will be made on the 30th of October 2016.

2015 student-led conference information

Fourth Annual Higher Degree Research Student-Led Conference

Friday, 17 July 2015

CLB Theatres, UNSW, Kensington Campus

The program schedule for the day can be found here (PDF)

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Martin

Time: 09:00 - 10:00 AM

Topic: Navigating Uncertainty and Adversity Exploring Young People’s Adaptability, Academic Buoyancy, and Academic Resilience

This presentation explores a network of constructs – adaptability, academic buoyancy, and academic resilience – that is relevant to how young people deal with change, uncertainty and academic adversity. For this network of constructs, findings are summarised identifying their yield for academic (e.g., achievement, engagement) and personal well-being (e.g., life satisfaction, self-esteem, affect) outcomes and their relevance to educational practice.

Prof Andrew MartinAndrew Martin, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at UNSW specialising in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and President, International Association of Applied Psychology – Division 5 Educational, Instructional, and School Psychology. Andrew is Associate Editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology and on Editorial Boards of 5 journals, including international journals (eg. Journal of Educational Psychology; Contemporary Educational Psychology).

Conference Abstract Submission Guidelines

Deadline for Paper and Poster Submissions: TBC

Submission Criteria
This year the Student Organising Committee will select papers to be presented at the conference, based on the abstracts submission. There are only two criteria that the Committee will look for in evaluation. The criteria are: (1) the submitted work should be considered as education research in general and (b) the submitted abstracts should contain research results. The committee will not accept the work at the stage of “proposals”.

Abstracts Submission Guidelines

Please read the attached guidelines (PDF) and submit abstracts in the correct format using the attached template. (PDF) [89 Kb]

The format of the abstract should include:

Length: Between 150 and 200 words in length.
Font: Times New Roman, Font size 12.
Spacing: Single spaced, with a justified paragraph format.
Content: Abstracts should have the following content:

  • Option 1 for Empirical Papers: Title, Author, Keywords, Aims, Methods, and Results/Conclusion
  • Option 2 for Theoretical Papers: Title, Author, Keywords, Aims, and Results/Conclusion

Submissions Deadline: TBC

  • There will be a review process conducted by the conference Student Organising Committee to accept/reject the abstracts and thus not all submitted papers will be presented at the 5th Annual Higher Degree Student-Led Conference.
  • Supervisors cannot be listed or credited as co-presenter at this conference.
  • Two papers will be awarded as the Best Papers of the Conference. The evaluation for the Best Papers will be made based on the full paper submission, not based on the abstracts or conference presentation. The announcement for the Best Papers will be made on the 30th of October 2015."

2014 Student-led conference information

Fourth Annual Higher Degree Research Student-Led Conference

Friday, 18 July 2014
CLB Theatres, UNSW, Kensington Campus

The Annual HDR Student-Led Conference is a showcase of postgraduate research and a celebration of the significant contribution made by postgraduate researchers.

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the Fourth Annual Higher Degree Research Student-Led Conference, a one-day student conference in education. Paper and poster submissions are open to postgraduate research students from universities across Australia.

Topics can be anything related to education, such as:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Politics and Policy in Education
  • Educational Technologies
  • Special Education/Gifted Education
  • Higher Education
  • Teacher Education

Conference benefits:

  • Exchange of ideas
  • Opportunity for publication
  • Experience in presenting research
  • Rewarding experience with peers
  • Feedback on your research
  • Student networking

Further details:

Professor Stephen Marshall
Professor of Education and Director of Learning and Teaching, UNSW

Stephen MarshallPresentation
Higher Education Futures: The Learning and Teaching Perspective

Short Biography - Professor Stephen Marshall
Stephen is Professor in the School of Education and Director Of Learning and Teaching at UNSW. His current research covers the nature of academic leadership; the development of academic leaders and managers; and curriculum innovation and change in higher education institutions. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Alberta (Canada), and his Master in Educational Management from the Flinders University, South Australia. Prior to UNSW, Professor Marshall was founding Director of Macquarie's newly created Centre for Professional Development.


Dr Stephen Norton
Senior Lecturer, Griffith University

Stephen Norton

Presentation
Different Questions, Different Methods: Reflecting Creatively on Diverse Education Challenges

Short Biography - Dr Stephen Norton
Specialising in mathematics education and mathematics teacher training, Dr Norton is highly experienced in teaching both primary and secondary mathematics. Through the Mathematics Lab at Griffith University, he has successfully trained numerous teachers within the Queensland high school system.  Dr Norton's presentation will cover research methodology used in mathematics education as well as results from his wide set of publications.

Key Dates

Deadline for Paper and Poster Submissions - 29 May 2014

Notification of Acceptance - 5 June 2014

Attendance Registration Deadline - 18 June 2014

Conference Date - 18 July 2014

2013 Student-led conference information

Third Annual Higher Degree Research Student-Led Conference

Friday, 8 November 2013
CLB Theatres, UNSW, Kensington Campus

The Annual HDR Student-Led Conference is a showcase of postgraduate research and a celebration of the significant contribution made by postgraduate researchers.

You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the conference.

Topics can be anything related to education, such as Assessment and Evaluation, Curriculum, Educational Technologies, Higher Education, Learning and Teaching, Politics and Policy in Education, Special Education/Gifted Education, and Teacher Education.

Conference benefits include the exchange of ideas, experience in presenting research, feedback on your research, opportunity for publication, rewarding experience with peers, student networking and more.

Click here (PDF) to view the 2013 conference schedule.
Click here (PDF)
to view the 2013 conference flyer.
Click here (PDF) to view the proceedings of the 2012 Student-led Conference on Postgraduate Research in Education.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sue Starfield, Associate Professor, School of Education and Director of The Learning Centre, The University of New South Wales

Sue Starfield’s previous research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies, doctoral writing, writing for publication, identity in academic writing, ethnographic research methods and language policy, access and equity in higher education. She is co-author of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors (with Brian Paltridge) and co-editor of the Handbook of English for Specific Purposes (with Brian Paltridge). She is co-editor of the journal, English for Specific Purposes and co-editor with Brian Paltridge of two new book series: Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and Routledge Research in English for Specific Purposes.

Presentation: Lessons from the literature: What can we learn from the research that is helpful to thesis writers?


Professor Ronald Laura, Professor in Philosophy of Education, The University of Newcastle

Educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford, Dr Ron Laura is Professor in Philosophy of Education at The University of Newcastle, author of more than 40 published books and 350 articles, Past President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australia, Past Chairman of the Committee of Australian Education Deans, and a recipient of the Hands on Health Community Service Award,2012, for his 25 Years of Voluntary Work with Disadvantaged Groups in Australia and the USA, through the development of his Hands on Health Matrix Body Shaping and Drug Free Lifestyle Programs.
Presentation:
Educational Computopia: are we too plugged in?