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The Association to host a new Postgraduate Conference on Social Research Methods

Taking place on Saturday 16th January 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University, an advance invitation and a call for contributions is announced for the inaugural TAG:PALYCW Postgraduate Conference on Social Research Methods in Youth and Community Work.

The aim of this gathering is to create a conversation among M.A. students on our taught Programmes and with those studying for or having recently completedPh.D’s in the area of Youth and Community Work.


Conference Chair, Janet Batsleer comments 'There has been a renewed interest in social research methods and the ways they link to both theory and practice; new models of reflective practice and new models of creative enquiry are emerging which do not isolate individual reflection from wider and emergent ways of being/knowing;Participatory Action Research has developed as a strong model but is not without its difficulties and demands strong collaborative partnerships of a kind not built quickly and which have been under pressure in the competitive climate of austerity;educational researchers have been invited (by a number of scholars such as Graeme Tiffany, Annette Coburn and Sinead Gormally) to see the synergy and find nexus between youth work research methods and practice; claims that research is able to ‘give voice’ have come under steady scrutiny from postmodernist educational researchers; critical ethnography is re-emerging as offering a strong basis for renewing practice which aims to take a long view and unsettle professional common sense;CHAT has strong advocates especially in relation to understanding the digital world; at the same time the search is on for ‘gold star’ RCTs to prove the effectiveness of interventions.'


  • Please publicise the date (Saturday 16th January) in  staff and postgraduate student bulletins at the beginning of this academic year. Booking details will be published shortly and made available on-line via the Associations Eventbrite booking pages.


Please also note that members, associates and researchers are invited to offer a workshop on recently adopted social research methods in your own scholarly activity; or on 'putting theory to work' in Youth and Community Work (this offer is also open to PhD and PostDoc researchers.)

  • Offers of workshops/presentations should be addressed to by 23rd October, 2015

  • A full programme will be made available in November 2015 andpublished on the Associations Website. 
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