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Visiting Scholar – Presenting from homeland

Posted by Assoc. Prof. Peta White on April 27, 2020

Patricia (Trish) Patrick was coming to Deakin as a Visiting Scholar…. before Covid-19!  She is a Fulbright Scholar researching in Indonesia (we will host a presentation soon where Trish will showcase her research).  She currently resides in the US. We decided that we should go ahead with this workshop anyway….

To be a Theoretical Framework or to be a Conceptual Framework: That is the Question!!

Researchers may be confounded by the decision to use a theoretical or conceptual framework. One issue is the notion that these are interchangeable terms, which makes them seem equivalent. However, theoretical and conceptual frameworks are not the same and are by definition different ways to view the process of research development. The framework the researcher chooses will scaffold and support data collection and analysis and become the crux for the argument in the discussion and implications of the published work (article or dissertation). During this hands-on workshop, I will present the frameworks, explain their differences and similarities, examine the role of a framework theory in research, present various learning theories, define how the theory shapes your thoughts about your study, and work with participants to outline a potential framework. You will leave this workshop with a list of learning theories and how they examine your work from a theoretical perspective. I provide learning theories, theorists, and examples of applying theories to research. Additionally, I will stay after the workshop to work one on one with those who would like to discuss and explore their research through a theoretical lens.

Here is Trish’s bio.

Dr. Patricia Patrick
Dr. Patrick is a Fulbright Scholar and an Associate Professor at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, USA. Dr. Patrick’s formal training is in curriculum and instruction. Her specialty is science education (certified grades 7-12) and informal science education (learning outside the classroom). She graduated with her PhD from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2006. Her teaching experience at the university level includes working with elementary, middle level, and secondary science teacher candidates. Her specialties are the application of learning theory, qualitative research design, and science learning. Dr. Patrick’s research interests focus on learning science outside the classroom. She is especially interested in how children learn science at home and with their family. Her Fulbright research is taking place in Indonesia, where she is studying the dukun (native healers), turtle programs designed for elementary, middle level, and secondary students, and the research and mentoring relationships for undergraduate students. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, National Science Teachers Association, European Science Education Research Association, International Zoo Educators Association, British Educational Research Association. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles as well as two books on learning in museums and informal teacher education.

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