Year 3 undergraduate students in the Department of Education Studies have recently presented an aspect of their research project at their final year research conference. Over 150 students presented their work over three days, with members of staff chairing, acting as discussant, and offering feedback on the day.
The research conference, attended by the full Education Studies team of tutors, enabled students to receive feedback from peers and academic colleagues, and participate in lively and informative discussion. It was followed by a ‘writing retreat’ led by Education Studies tutors, where students could put into practice what they had learnt to help write up their dissertation.
The conference day is another example of an extra-curricular enhancement to the course that is valued by students. This year it included a presentation about the British Educational Research Association's Transformations student journal from Ashley Kirwan, a Liverpool Hope student who has been active in setting up this exciting project.
"Completing the research project was challenging – but hugely rewarding. Without it, I would not have contemplated taking a more active part in my own child’s education and speaking with local MP's regarding educational issues."
"I was able to discuss the research I completed in the BA Education when I went for my PGCE interview. It gave me credibility – and I know it influenced their decision to offer me a place!"
"The research conference and writing retreat day for the dissertation in third year was very helpful, and I really appreciated it. The various education fairs over the years have been very helpful and I have made plenty of contacts which I hope will come in use after I graduate."
Understanding educational research is an important part of the BA Education at Liverpool Hope University. A researcher adds to the sum of existing knowledge by discovering something new. We believe all students need to be researchers; learning how to carry out their own research and understanding the research of others. Research can mean many things; it can be scientific studies with questionnaires and data analysis, it can be ethnographic studies where you visit people in their everyday life and talk to them about it or it can be desk based studies using archives or other sources and exploring those.