Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
President's Report 1998
We need to focus on our core membership in the forthcoming year to ensure they get value for money out of belonging to WAIER. The journal and preferential fees for the forum are the key features of their benefits. In an education sector with some forty thousand workers, a membership of 100 or so is not significant. We seem to be limited to university academics and teachers/administrators with experience in research. Increased membership can come from securing more members among academic staff of the universities - difficult because of the cutback in staff - and through gaining a higher profile for research in the schools.
The success of the venue has resulted in a decision to hold the Forum at the same venue in 1999. We may need to review charges for participation but the general format was effective. The awards were well received and the new medals have been most effective, particularly those mounted in display frames.
The decision to make the papers available on the web has been an ambitious one which really needs additional resources if it is to be done expeditiously. Despite their best intentions, Beverley and Tony Fetherston might find the size of the task means that external assistance is essential. Perhaps this is an area we need to address in the coming year.
Roger Slee: FebruaryThe range and quality of the presentations was very pleasing and met the needs of many researchers. The need for specific research topics which address the needs of researchers is an area that could have been addressed by the conduct of a Research and.... Possibly in 1999 we can look at offering one or more on key issues in the conduct of research, such as in methods of data processing, paradigms of inquiry or the directions of educational research.
Geoff Masters: March
Karl O'Callaghan: April
Gary McCulloch: July (In association with UWA)
Mairtin Mac an Ghaill: August
Peter Coleman: November
The need to maintain the production of issues that are on time is essential, and the editor, Sid Bourke, is aware of this. He has one year to go in his editorship, and it is essential that we search for a new editor to replace him well before the changeover at the end of 1999.
We need to get all the WA university libraries to subscribe to the journal and to ensure our students publish in it. Also, there is room for us to publish there as well. It has been accepted as a quality journal on the Australian scene. Now it needs to be more widely disseminated.
Also, Beverley's excellent work in maintaining the minutes has been an excellent contribution. Judy has picked up the treasury with great aplomb and has sorted out the problems with our budget and especially the journal. It is clear that we will be in a better financial position in 1999 than we were this year. It has been a pleasure to work with a great team this year.
Dr Gary Partington