Parlo Singh Workshop: Theory – Method Nexus in Sociology of Education. Tracing Research Journeys through Key Concepts and Qualitative Research
Tuesday 10th of September 13:30-15:30, Christiesgate 13, 4th Floor, Department of Education, Room 425
Theory – Method Nexus in Sociology of Education.
Tracing Research Journeys through Key Concepts and Qualitative Research
Parlo Singh, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop aims to be interactive by asking all participants to engage with the following questions:
(1) What is your Research Problem? Why this problem? Why now?
(2) What concepts are you using to think about/with your research problem?
(3) What is data? What data will you collect/produce? Why? How does this relate to your research problem and theory?
(4) What is data analysis? How does it evolve from the theoretical concepts and from the empirical data?
(5) What narratives will you produce that are NEWS – offer something up that is new, interesting?
As the workshop facilitator, I will trace my own research journey and outline how my understanding of these questions has shifted over time. I will do this by firstly outlining the history of ideas/concepts in the sociology of education that have influenced the design of my research projects. Secondly, I will draw on qualitative studies to demonstrate the interrelation between the theoretical frameworks that I have developed and the methodological design of my research studies. Thirdly, I will demonstrate the strong links and interconnections between the research problem, theory, methods, analytic framework and reportage of the research studies.
The workshop will demonstrate a sociological approach that does not fall into the trap of assuming that the practical logic of everyday work is limited, or that theoretical knowledge provides a superior view on what is really happening in practice. Rather it aims to explore the changing relationship between researchers and researched, and how this impacts on what can be researched, when, where, how and why.