Student Mini Conference (non-science)
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16 March 2011
Facilitated by Mabel Victoria.
Michael Young Building rooms 1-4.
14.00 Liang Wang
14.20 Nadia Bartolini
14.40 Marcia Thomas
15.00 Panel of final-year students
15.20 Question time
Wow. To keep this short I'm doing bullet points...
Fieldwork is time consuming, build in buffers of time for when everything goes wrong.
Nothing beats face-to-face meetings for getting contacts and trust in the institutions you're studying.
Email, official letters, telephone conversations, nothing is strictly to be counted upon until you're meeting them in person and standing on your fieldsite.
Remember the cost of little things- travel, conference fees, telephone calls, internet cafes. They will build up. I remember hearing that the BBC contingency fund for out-of-studio filming is 10% of the planned costs.
Fieldwork (or any other type of practical experience) is a life skill- learning how to do it properly is (almost) as good for you (personally and professionally) as the data you actually get.
Institutional politics will destroy you if you ignore them and blunder around, and open doors if you take the time to understand what's going on
It's a marathon, not a sprint. The PhD is 3 years- work hard, put in the hours, but chill out or you'll burn out.
Make time to enjoy the experience
21:08 on 23 March 2011
The Good and the bad: merging the survey and collective case study approaches through multi-stage and multi-site fieldwork
Liang Wang passed his viva successfully in December 2010 and now holds a PhD degree. Based in the Dept. of Languages, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, and the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, his research topic is Internet-mediated intercultural language education in China’s higher education institutions, which concerns the integration of internet technologies for developing intercultural approaches to language teaching and learning.
In this presentation I will introduce my thesis, focusing on its methodology. I begin by introducing briefly the research background, then go on to explain the research paradigm which informed and shaped my research design – a multi-site and multi-stage approach that was essentially qualitative-based but also incorporated quantitative elements, i.e. an integration of a survey approach and a collective case study approach. Finally, I discuss some practical issues from the fieldwork such as access, the researcher’s role and ethical considerations that were relevant to my research context and design.
13:08 on 28 March 2011 (Edited 16:36 on 28 March 2011)