“Gold standard” versus research in practice: Practical examples from educational research Event as iCalendar

(School of Social Sciences)

15 September 2016

4 - 5pm

Venue: Room 107, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-107)

Contact info: Martin von Randow

Contact email: m.vonrandow@auckland.ac.nz

Website: COMPASS

Victoria Cockle, University of Auckland

Evaluation is one of the most challenging aspects of research. The reality of evaluating interventions is often far removed from textbook examples of gold standard evaluation. Educational interventions are never one-size fits all. Schools will adapt interventions to suit their own needs. This flexibility is essential to ensure uptake of the intervention, however it presents a set of challenges in terms of evaluation.

This talk will discuss the challenge of designing and conducting high quality research within the dynamic and complex environment of the New Zealand education sector. I will discuss a range of research measures and approaches, together with issues to do with moderation and bias in using these measures in practice with ‘real’ participants. Real-time problem solving, research design modification, and “how to make the best of it” will be described using practical examples.

Victoria has extensive experience in educational research within NZ schools. She is currently lead researcher for The Starpath Project: Phase Three and the Evaluation of the Implementation of Manaiakalani Outreach.


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