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Theory as method: applying social theory in educational research



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The day event is geared towards post-graduate and early career researchers who are interested or engaged in applying social theory in their own educational research. The day is scheduled to take place before the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, which takes place 15-17th April.


09:15-9:45 – Registration (tea and coffee) 

9:45-10:00 – Welcome from BERA and the University of Glasgow, Dr. Mark Murphy, University of Glasgow

10:00-10:45 – Keynote 1: Theory as method: the art of application, Mark Murphy, University of Glasgow   

10:45-11:30 – Group session – applying social theory in your own research

11:30-11:45 – Break (tea and coffee)

11:45-12:30 – Keynote 2 Foucault, governmentality and education research, Andrew Wilkins, University of East London

12:30-1:15 – Group session – applying social theory in your own research (continued)

1:15-2:15 – Lunch

2:15-3:00 – Keynote 3: Bourdieu, social theory and the challenges of mathematics teacher education research, Prof. Kathy Nolan, University of Regina

3:00-3:15 – Break (tea and coffee)

3:15-4:00 – PhD student session (case studies of students and their research)

4:00-4:45 – Expert Panel Q&A Forum

4:45  Close