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Research Masterclass - Paradigms and Frameworks

What are They? Why do you Need Them? How do you Write About Them?
Presented by Dr Lynette Pretorius, Monash University
14 MAR 2023
9.00 AM - 11.00 AM

HDR students and researchers more generally can have difficulty understanding and implementing effective research paradigms and theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks. This workshop seeks to outline what research paradigms and theoretical/conceptual frameworks are; develop a deepened understanding of common research paradigms (positivism/post-positivism, constructivism, interpretivism, pragmatism, critical paradigm), and enhance participants capacity to write about research paradigms and frameworks in their research outputs. 

Proposed learning outcomes: 

Attendees at this workshop will:

  • Be able to articulate what a research paradigm is and why it is important in academic research,
  • Develop a deepened understanding of the most common research paradigms (positivism/post-positivism, constructivism, interpretivism, pragmatism, critical paradigm),
  • Be able to distinguish between theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and
  • Enhance their capacity to write about paradigms and frameworks in theses and academic publications.

Dr Lynette Pretorius is an award-winning educator and researcher in the fields of academic language, literacy, research skills, and research methodologies. She currently works as the Academic Language and Literacy Advisor for the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Australia, teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate research students. Lynette is the author of multiple journal articles and two academic books focused on the experiences of graduate research students in academia. Lynette is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – an international honour awarded to educators who demonstrate a thorough understanding of, and strong commitment to, teaching and learning approaches which foster high quality student learning. 

For more information, please email the Graduate Research School or phone (07) 4631 1088