Information related to research method "Ethnography"

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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

  • Professor Vincent Geiger

    Vince Geiger is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at ACU. Vince taught mathematics and held school leadership positions before joining ACU in 2005. His research interests lie in the teaching and learning of mathematics and its applications, with a particular focus on the use of digital tools as enablers of mathematical understanding. The approach he takes to research is guided my socio-cultural principles of learning in exploring how both individuals and collectives of learners acquire mathematical ideas and learn to apply them.
    Vincea??s research program has attracted in excess of $1 million in external funding including an ARC Discovery award (2012-2014) and more recently an ARC DECRA (2015-2017). In addition, he is leader of the ACU team within a DEEWR OLT LELT project (Opening real science: Authentic mathematics and science learning for Australia, 2013-2016). Vince is a recipient of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasiaa??s Practical Implications Award for a research paper with the potential for direct application in school classrooms. He is the author of 81refereed publications that address the interests of both research and professional audiences and is currently Associate Editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal. Vince supervises higher degree research students in science and mathematics education.
    Vince has always maintained a close link with the mathematics teaching profession and has held the positions of President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Chair of the National Education Forum. He was a member of the Queensland Studies Authoritya??s (QSA) Subject Advisory Committee and State Assessment Panel (1996-2005) and a member of the QSAa??s Learning Area Reference Committee (Mathematics) (2009-2014). His tertiary teaching expertise has been recognised through an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2009.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7188 (Brisbane) Email : vincent.geiger@acu.edu.au

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  • Prof Kathy Mills

    Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at LSIA, ACU Brisbane. Her research has over 1300 citations. She currently leads two Australian Research Council grants, researching Indigenous ways of knowing and being in multimodal literacy practices in school (DE 140100047), and developing the multimodal expression of emotions of socially and economically disadvantaged primary students (LP 150100030). Professor Mills has won ARC grants totalling $1 million as named ARC Research Fellow or Lead CI. She has published over 80 works in total, including 5 sole-authored books, and more than 40 scholarly journal articles and chapters. She has published first-authored or sole-authored research in journals that include Review of Educational Research, Written Communication, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Language and Education, and Linguistics and Education. Her award-winning 2016 book, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age is highly acclaimed by Professors James Gee (Arizona State University), and Brian Street (King's College London). It won the LRA Edward Fry Book Award, USA. Her latest book, Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies USA. Professor Mills serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), and on the Review Board of the Reading Teacher (New Jersey), English Teaching Practice and Critique (New Zealand), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. She has served in a number of executive research leadership roles for the American Educational Research Association, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies SIG, of six hundred members (2017-2019), and past program Chair (2015-2017).

    Phone : 6234 (Brisbane) Email : kathy.mills@acu.edu.au

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  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Dr Jen Couch

    I am a senior lecturer who teaches in the youth work and international development degrees. I came to ACU 15 years ago after working extensively in the youth and community sectors in Australia and South Asia. I have worked extensively with refugee young people and have recently completed the first longitudinal ethnographic study to explore refugee young people and homelessness in Australia.
    I have worked with, and on behalf of, young people and communities in the areas of refugee settlement, displacement, homelessness, rights and participation, and capacity building. I have published widely in the area of young people and marginalisation and I am particularly interested in working in hopeful and positive ways to change social inequalities and exclusion.

    I have conducted ethnographic and qualitative research in Australia, USA, Mexico, Thailand, India and Tibet. I am experienced in a range of empirical research methods including in-depth interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, photography and ethnography and have used these in a range of fieldwork situations from global justice activism in India, USA, Australia and Mexico, working children's movements in India and Indigenous communities in the Northern Philippines. My current research is focused on the role of young people in international development discourse, youth work in conflict zones and decolonising youth work practice.

    I am an accredited supervisor for Honours, MPhil and PhD students. I have supervised postgraduate students working on an array of projects that focus on marginalised communities often with the aim of readdressing social injustices.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3560 (Melbourne) Email : Jen.Couch@acu.edu.au

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  • Nat Sch of Education

  • Dr Jennifer Martin

    Dr Jenny Martin is an experienced teacher and teacher educator. Jenny's research has contributed to the development of theory and method for understanding student and teacher agency in education practice. In her PhD, she developed the Grammar of Agency (GoA) as a methodological tool for cultural psychological research in education. Her subsequent work has applied GoA to understanding practice in science education and teacher education, predominately concerned with promoting science learners as agentic participants in classrooms, preservice teachers??? environmental agency and teachers??? agentic professionalism. Currently, she is involved in the Learning-rich leadership in early childhood education project where GoA will be applied for the first time as a tool for understanding practice transformation. Her expertise includes applications of positioning theory to education research, participatory ethnography, discourse analysis, discursive psychology and includes video-based research design.

    Early in her career in education, Jenny taught science in primary and secondary schools and mathematics in secondary schools. She subsequently worked as a teacher educator, including as a Professional Development Leader with the Victorian Department of Education and as a lecturer in science education at The University of Melbourne. Jenny was appointed as a full-time lecturer in science education and education studies at ACU in 2012.

    Phone : 3286 (Melbourne) Email : jenny.martin@acu.edu.au

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  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • Professor Tracey McDonald AM FACN

    Appointed in 2005 to the RSL LifeCare Chair of Ageing at Australian Catholic University Tracey McDonald has a research and scholarship interest in issues important to veterans, clinicians and older adults concerning safety and quality care of older people; practice-driven research, clinical practice development; information technology; spirituality and life quality. In 2012, a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) was bestowed for her work in nursing, health and aged care, United Nations Expert Groups and development of national and international public health and social welfare policy.

    Qualifications and experience in public health, nursing, midwifery, education and management across the aged care and health services support involvement with public policy, clinical leadership and research.

    As director of the RSL LifeCare Centre for Practice Development and Innovation in Ageing (CPDIA) she is working on developing programs of research that will support the health and wellbeing of both veterans and the general community

    Phone : (02) 9739 2280 (North Sydney) Email : Tracey.McDonald@acu.edu.au

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  • Professor Fran McInerney

    I am a registered nurse and a sociologist. I hold postgraduate qualifications in nursing, education, social science, and public health. I have been engaged in teaching, practice, and research in the areas of aged and palliative care nursing for over twenty years and have published broadly in these fields over that time. In 2011 I was appointed inaugural Professor of Aged Care, a joint appointment between the Australian Catholic University and Mercy Health in Melbourne. My research interests include social constructions of death and dying, the nexus between aged and palliative care, dementia as a terminal illness, health workers in aged care and palliative contexts, and qualitative methodologies.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3856 (Melbourne) Email : Fran.McInerney@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Alicia Evans

    Alicia Evans is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and nurse academic, with a particular interest in anxiety, sexuality and group dynamics. In her work, she explores the way in which psychoanalytic and Foucauldian theories can provide new insights into how health care is both practised and governed. She has an abiding interest in politics and how the personal shapes the political, be that in relation to the group, the hospital or the nation.

    Alicia teaches organisational culture and qualitative research methodology. She supervises a number of Higher Degree by Research students who are undertaking qualitative studies in the health field. In her current research, she is investigating how sexuality is governed in a long-stay psychiatric service.

    In addition to her academic work, Alicia practises psychoanalysis and is the Secretary of The Freudian School of Melbourne, a school of Lacanian psychoanalysis, where she gives regular seminars. Prior to doing her PhD and joining the academy, Alicia worked in mental health institutions, hospitals, prisons and with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3187 (Melbourne) Email : Alicia.Evans@acu.edu.au

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  • Faculty of Law and Business

  • Nat Peter Faber Business School

  • Professor Michael Fischer

    Michael D Fischer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford where he was previously a senior research fellow, and a Program Director at Melbourne Business School. He holds a PhD in organisational behaviour from Imperial College London, University of London.

    Trained as a business school social scientist and clinical group analyst, his research has a strong empirical focus on the practice-level microsociology of organisational change in research-intensive settings, especially in healthcare.A He specialises in ethnographic and comparative case studies, analysing intersubjective relations, emotions and power, and their potential to mobilise organisational change.A He has a particular interest in executive education and the role of business schools in a rapidly developing knowledge economy.

    His research is published in leading international journals in the Financial Times 'top 50', ABDC A* and CABS 4* lists, including Accounting Organizations and Society, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Public Administration, and Social Science and Medicine.A He has led major competitive research grants as principal and co-investigator, including funding by the National Institute of Health Research, the University of Oxford and Kings College London.A

    He is a highly active researcher with a strong focus on practice-level processes of organisational change, especially in research-intensive settings. His research draws on sociomaterial perspectives to analyse dynamics of influence and change in complex organisations. By focusing on the 'backstage' work of everyday emotions, affect and politics, he analyses their effects in mobilising ideas, material practices and technologies that can dynamically stimulate major organisational change.

    In his original ethnographic research at Imperial College London, he examined a UK healthcare policy from inception to implementation and subsequent collapse. Its formal risk management systems had unintended consequences on organisational life, undermining organisational functioning and leading to policy collapse. He later investigated the impact of professional regulation on healthcare professionals, analysing how embedded practices of self-regulation may be undermined by regulatory transparency, performance metrics and sanctions. His research highlights the role of supportive 'formative spaces' and forms of self-regulation which can be more effective in supporting good practice.

    In a related second research theme, he examines how micro-sociological dynamics operate in knowledge leadership. His leadership research provides an in-depth analysis of how leaders interpret and 're-assemble' ideas, techniques and materials, and utilise these in their leadership practices.A Through a series of longitudinal case studies focused on research-intensive settings,A he has analysed how the most effective leadership practices assemble and mobilise organisational change.A In his research at the University of Oxford, he analysed at first hand flagship leadership programmes at Sa??d Business School - its High Performance Leadership and Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

    His international career in public services focuses mainly in the healthcare sector where he has held senior clinical, managerial and policy adviser roles. Before joining academia, Michael had an accomplished career as a Lead Consultant Psychotherapist in leading teaching hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and London, most recently at St Thomas' Hospital, London. He is a noted expert in the group and intersubjective relations that influence contemporary organisations and can powerfully mobilise organisational change.

    For further details of his work, please see:
    www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/community/people/michael-d-fischer
    www.michaelfischer.org

    Phone : 8314 (Melbourne) Email : michael.fischer@acu.edu.au

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  • Institute of Child Protection Studies (DVCC)

  • Dr Justin Barker

    Dr Justin Barker is an urban anthropologist whose research has examined youth homelessness, homeless fathers, intergenerational drug use, alcohol related violence, normalisation of alcohol and other drug use amongst subcultures of young people, and tobacco management in the community sector. He has been the project manager and lead researcher on numerous research projects that have aimed to directly inform policy and practice.

    Prior to his career as a researcher Justin was a youth worker in Adelaide and Canberra working with homeless young people. This experience led onto his PhD that examined the lives of homeless young people in Canberra, providing ethnographic insights into the conditions of youth homelessness. He has developed and implemented a range of qualitative research methodologies aimed at doing research with young people and vulnerable population groups. Justin has a strong background in social theory which he uses to add meaning and insight into his research and draws on research findings to contribute to social theory.

    Phone : 1226 (Canberra) Email : Justin.Barker@acu.edu.au

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