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Reflections on the nature, purposes and uses of educational research

Presenter:Professor Robert Tierney, University of British Columbia

Discussion chair: Professor Peter Freebody

Time: 4:30-6:30pm, 10 December 2009 (refreshments at 4:30pm for 5:00pm start)

Venue: 351, Education Building (A35), The University of Sydney


To conclude the Methodology Colloquia series, the audience is invited to join a discussion on the nature, purposes and uses of educational and social research. In this last session, Professor Robert Tierney will discuss the draft of Accord on the Nature of Education Research under development for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education. To exemplify key aspects, he will draw from his research on literacy education and will discuss some implications for practice and policy. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the presenters of the colloquia series and the audience.

RSVP required: p.brownlee@edfac.usyd.edu.au or phone 9351 2616

About presenter

Professor Robert J. Tierney is Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. For the past twenty-five years, teaching and learning have been the focus of his scholarship and professional activities and as a literacy education professor he has held faculty positions at several major educational research centers and has served on several international advisory boards, especially in the area of literacy education. He has contributed significantly to research discussions, particularly in the areas of teaching, reading comprehension, reading-writing relationships, multi-literacies, literacy assessment, and educational reform. He has been the Past President of the National Reading Conference, past Chair of the Research Assembly for the National Council for Teachers of English and past editor of the Reading Research Quarterly. He has served on several panels for the United States Office of Education, international agencies and a number of corporations including publishing and media groups. He has worked closely with the Children's Television Workshop and has been engaged in several long-term studies examining the impact of technology on teaching and learning. During his tenure in the United States, he has been a member of the Faculties of the University of Arizona, the University of Illinois, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley, and The Ohio State University. In 2000, he assumed the position of Dean in the Faculty of Education and The University of British Columbia. Robert is dean designate of the Faculty of Education and Social Work for 2010.

  • Tierney, R. J. (2009) Literacy education 2.0: Looking through the rear view mirror as we move ahead. In J. Hoffman & Y. Goodman (Ed) A historical perspective on the future of reading research, public policy and classroom practices. (pp 282-300) New York: Routledge.
  • Tierney, R. J. (1994) Dissension, tensions and models of literacy. In R. Ruddell, M. Ruddell & H. Singer (Ed.) Theoretical models and processes of reading, (Fourth edition), Newark: International Reading Association.
  • Tierney, R. J. (2001-2002) An ethical chasm: Jurisprudence, jurisdiction and the literacy profession. Journal of Adolescent Literacy, 46: 4, 260-277.
  • Tierney, R. J. (1992). The eye of the bumble bee: A multifaceted view of literacy or on matters of subjectivity, knowledge claims, the art of method and ethics in literacy research. In C. Kinzer & D. Leu (Eds. ) Literacy research, theory and practice: views from many perspectives. National Reading Conference Yearbook, Chicago: Illinois
  • Tierney, R.J. (2009) Agency and artistry of meaning makers within and across digital spaces In Susan Israel and G. Duffy (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension, (pp. 261-288) Erlbaum Associates/Routledge.
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