Fitzallen, Noleine, Reaburn, Robyn, Fan, Si (Eds.)
2014, Approx. 325 p.
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The book is unique because it adds the voices and perspectives of beginning researchers to the conversations about issues in education that have the potential to shape and direct future research agendas.
The Future of Educational Research: Perspectives from Beginning Researchers provides a snapshot of research across a diversity of fields in education conducted by beginning researchers. The five main sections of the book cover research into policy and curriculum, teachers’ experiences, educational technologies, the teaching and learning of mathematics, and literacy development. The chapters make valuable contributions to knowledge of contemporary issues in education. They illustrate research topics and methodologies that will underpin and provoke future research, and demonstrate the potential of these beginning researchers to become leaders in their chosen fields of educational research. The chapters also demonstrate the breadth of research topics being undertaken in educational research today. For supervisors and research higher degree students the book provides samples of research higher degree student writing that not only exemplify approaches to presenting research but also support the value of publication at all stages of study.
Preface; Section 1: Researching Policy and Curriculum Policy and Curriculum Research in the Context of Change; Changes in Policy Related to Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia: The Journey Towards Pedagogical Leadership; Parents’ Evaluation of an Early Learning Support Program; Factors Infl uencing an Individual’s Decision to Donate to a State University: A Case Study of Two Universities; Preparing Tasmanian English Teachers for Curriculum Implementation; Musical Engagement and Wellbeing in Young Garage Bands; Section 2: Researching Teachers’ Experiences Investigating Teachers’ Experiences; Challenges Faced by the Male Primary Teacher: A Literature Review; The Art of Practice: Exploring the Interactions Between Artist Practice and Teacher Practice; An Historical Exploration of Creativity Research; Beginning Teachers’ Mathematical Teacher-Effi cacy Confi dence; Just Give Me a Break, Will You? Effects of Uninterrupted Break Time on Teachers’ Work Lives; Section 3: Researching Educational Technologies Engagement and Educational Technologies; Web-Based Technologies: Indispensable Resources in an Australian University Context; Information Literacy: A Retrospective of the Literature; Progress in Video-Based Intervention for Individuals with Autism: Impacts of Imitation Skills and Model Types; The Use of Interactive Whiteboards in Education: Opportunities and Challenges; Section 4: Researching the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Investigating the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics; Factors Infl uencing Mathematics Achievement Among Secondary School Students: A Review; Computational Strategies Used by Year 2 Students; Students’ Understanding of Variation on Entering Tertiary Education; Developing a Sequence of Learning Experiences in Statistics; Section 5: Researching Literacy Development Literacy Development: An Interactive Perspective; Literacy and Students’ Transition Into Secondary School; Engaged Young Writers: Dialogic Choices Beyond Naplan; Contributors; External Reviewers.