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Joint BERA/TLRP Research Training Workshop: The Role of Theory in Educational Research

Starts: 5 October 2010


Research Training Workshop

Tuesday 5 October 2010, Cardiff University, 11.00am to 4.00pm

The British Educational Research Association (BERA), in association with the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) is pleased to announce a one-day workshop for postgraduate research students and early career researchers in education on the Role of Theory in Educational Research.

This is the third of a series of workshops planned across the UK (see and will focus in part on two projects funded by TLRP: (1) Learning as Work: Teaching and Learning in the Contemporary Work Organisation; and (2) Assessment of Significant Learning Objectives

Workshop Leaders

  • Professor Alan Felstead: Using ‘Metaphors of Learning’ in Survey Design and Analysis.
  • Dr Daniel Bishop: Observing the Limits to ‘Knotworking’ in Case Study Research.
  • Professor Richard Daugherty: ‘Assessment of Significant Learning Objectives’ – Framing Questions, Making Sense of Evidence’.
  • Dr Richard Watermeyer: ‘Locating Theory/Informing Method for Learner Evaluation’.

Workshop Focus

The workshop will be co-led by Principal Investigators and researchers in each of the project teams and will offer participants the opportunity to learn about:

  • the different ways in which theory informed the research design;
  • how theory guided the collection and analysis of data; and
  • ways in which the research could be said to build theory.

Each team will talk about their particular project and the ways in which the theory underpinning the project helped them to make decisions about the methods used. Both the substantive theory which led to their research questions and/or theories about research design methods will be discussed.  Throughout the workshop emphasis will be placed on providing examples of theories in action.

There is no charge for attending this workshop (a light lunch and refreshments will be provided), but participants will be responsible for their own travel and any accommodation costs. This workshop is part of BERA’s continuing commitment to doctoral students and early career researchers. See for more information. There is a wealth of research training resources available free of charge.


Committee Rooms, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT (map available here)


To register for this workshop please email the booking form (available from the "Related Resources" section of this page) to Tina Woods, WISERD, Cardiff University ( Numbers are limited and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Conference registration is FREE including a light lunch and refreshments.



Other information

Open To: Public

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