Critical Reflections on the Challenges and Dilemmas of International Research in Education: Dr. Marlene Asselin

Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Scarfe 310

Critical Reflections on the Challenges and Dilemmas of International Research in Education

This session with Dr. Marlene Asselin from the Department of Language and Literacy Education will explore some of the challenges and dilemmas facing researchers from Canada who initiate research in emerging countries like Ethiopia. Issues raised will include: differing world views of what counts as research; differing socio-cultural and political influences on conducting research; and major ethical differences in involving children in research. The challenges of collaboration and communication are highlighted, as well as reflections on aspects of the research process that are essential to building respectful and responsible research partnerships.

CFI Series: The question of methodology in educational research: Possibilities and problematics enacted before, during, and after the doing of research

Drawing inspiration from UBC Faculty of Education’s “Year of Research”, this year’s Speaker Series explores the possibilities and problematics produced through the process of doing research. As methodology is always within the interconnected space between theory, practice, and ethics, we ask what is permitted, what is prohibited, and what is produced by particular methodological configurations. Furthermore, we ask how and where educational research aligns with and supports an ever evolving and entangled landscape of social, cultural, natural, and political goals within education. Lastly, and most importantly, how is this knowledge mobilized back into various educational practices, be they pedagogical, curricular, or policy. In this speaker series, we bring together three esteemed scholars to share how, why, when, and where they do their research. We hope that you will join us for the scheduled presentations, activities, and workshops in order to engage in these upcoming discussions with colleagues, faculty, and friends.