Bristol Conversations in Education - Brilliant Masters Dissertations: A Masterclass with past students
Dulce Rodriguez, Beth Button and Sian Ephgrave
Helen Wodehouse Lecture Theatre, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Speakers: Sian Ephgrave, Dulce Rodriguez and Beth Button
This session is aimed at current Masters students with the aim to inspire them to think about interesting projects and approaches. Three former Masters students will present their dissertation topics - offering advice around things like the scale of the project, feasibility, making good decisions about research methods and being aware of timescales (e.g. when is a good time to start, time management etc etc). Each talk will be around 10-15 minutes long with time for question and answers at the end.
The following people will present their dissertation topics:
1) Sian Ephgrave (MSc Education Research)
- Title: Teacher Wellbeing: An exploration of the use of poetic inquiry to investigate policy and individual perspectives on teacher wellbeing in England
- Abstract: An ESRC-funded study that explores the use of poetic inquiry for better understanding teacher wellbeing. The study was carried out in Bristol. Four co-participants took part in unstructured interview conversations. Interview recordings along with policy documents and autobiographical material were used to generate a collection of poems. A poetry book was produced and made available for sale online. Poetic inquiry is acknowledged as a method that is responsive to questions of representation and of power relations between researchers and researched. Issues of subjectivity, credibility, mediation and artistic quality are also considered.
2) Dulce Rodriguez
- Title: Desing, implementation, and analysis of an online cross-cultural intergenerational practice
- Abstract: I will share some useful task management tips that can help you to successfully complete a master's dissertation. I will focus on those little things that made a big difference in my work.
- Title: Students as Human Rights Defenders at risk: A case study of the Norwegian Students At Risk programme
- Abstract: The purpose of the study was to explore how students engage in the defence of human rights, the risks they face as a result, and mechanisms for their protection. This research used a case study of the Norwegian ‘Students At Risk’ (StAR) programme; set within wider theoretical literature relating to Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), and Temporary International Relocation (TIR) as a mechanism for their protection. The research draws largely on constructivist grounded theory and used in-depth, open ended interviews and secondary data analysis to explore these themes and the relationships between them.