33rd Annual Research Forum

Truth: Educational Research in the Era of Alt Truths

Saturday 4 August 2018, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Tannock Hall, The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle (Cnr Cliff and Croke Streets).
FREE parking is provided across the road.


WAIER invites individuals and groups wishing to attend, make a presentation, or conduct a symposium or panel discussion on topics and research related to education or the Forum theme, Truth: Educational Research in the Era of Alt Truths.

For those wishing to present, please download the ‘Call for Abstracts – Advice to Authors’ document to assist you with submitting your abstract.

Keynote Address

This year’s Forum will commence with a keynote address by Dr. Brad Gobby entitled Politics, education and researcher ‘response-ability’.

Keynote Abstract
While the field of education is inherently political, recent direct and indirect political interventions highlight the expectation that educators must submit their professional knowledge and practice to the wills and logics of political agents and authorities. The Keynote discusses controversies, including reactions to the Safe Schools program, to illuminate the current politicisation of school education. Raising questions about what and who should influence education, its purpose and organisation, the paper argues that researchers have a ‘response-ability’ to examine and respond to the politics of education and education research.

Dr. Brad Gobby is a senior lecturer at Curtin University in Western Australia. He researches in the areas of education policy, school reform and curriculum. Brad’s research into school autonomy and the Independent Public Schools initiative has been published in international peer reviewed journals and edited books. He is co-editor of Powers of Curriculum: Sociological perspectives of education published by Oxford University Press.

WAIER Awards

Forum activities include the presentation of WAIER’s Early Career Award (ECA) and Postgraduate Award (PGA). This year’s ECA Nomination and Information can be found here.

Previous winners of these awards can be found here.


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