Annual seminar

The FinEd Network organises an annual seminar, which in recent years has been arranged in connection with the FERA Conference on Education. The FinEd seminar acts as the pre‑seminar for the conference.

The next annual seminar will be held in the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, on Wednesday the 20th of November. The language of the seminar is English.

Mixed methods – Always Better?
Pre-seminar of the FinEd Network to the FERA 2019 Conference 20 November 2019, University of Eastern Finland/ Joensuu Campus

The Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (FinEd)
organises an annual seminar for the doctoral researchers of its member units. In 2019, the seminar is organised as a pre-seminar to the FERA 2019 Conference on the 20th of November, in Joensuu. The pre-seminar is entitled Mixed methods – always better?

Based on the analysis of Finnish educational doctoral dissertations published 2010–2016, mixed methods approach was well represented among 605 dissertations. Depending on the research questions, combination of qualitative and quantitative data may be very promising in solving wicked problems of the explored topics in the field of education. Several international textbooks on research methodology warn also about shortcomings that may be inherent in the mixing. What is the expected added value of mixed methods approach and how to care for the advantages of it in practice?

The pre-seminar of the FinEd Network will start with a session that addresses the questions of mixed methods. Dr Lucila Carvalho (Massey University, New Zealand) will give a keynote lecture on the following topics:

Mixed methods research involves both qualitative and quantitative approaches for data collection and analysis, which in combination lead to an enriched picture of a phenomenon under study. Investigators may use mixed methods research to integrate findings related to a single study, or from multiple phases of a program of inquiry. This seminar will offer an overview of mixed methods research, discuss its rationale, and some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with this method. Practical examples of recent research will be presented, and attendees will then be invited to reflect on the application of mixed methods research design in different educational scenarios.

In the afternoon, the doctoral researchers will have an opportunity to present their research methods in parallel workshops and receive feedback from the peers and senior researchers of the FinEd.

In addition, the pre-seminar offers opportunities for social sharing for the doctoral researchers. It aims at helping the participants to learn to know each other and the various research topics, getting acquainted with the senior researchers of the FinEd Network and forming contacts for future cooperation. The pre-seminar will end up in an evening session with a dinner buffet that will present all participants a forum for free discussion and socializing.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lucila Carvalho is a senior lecturer in e-learning & digital technologies at the Institute of Education, Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand). Lucila’s research interests lay at the intersection of design, digital technologies and learning (in both formal and non-formal settings) – where she explores how knowledge and social structures shape the design and use of technology, and how technology influences social and educational experiences.

Preliminary Programme

Tuesday, 19 November

Arrival and check-in to hotel Aada (Kauppakatu 32, Joensuu)

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Place: University of Eastern Finland, Futura and Metria buildings, Yliopistokatu 7, Joensuu.

10:00–10:15 Words of welcome (Metria M101)
Professor Kirsti Karila, Head of the FinEd Network
Professor Päivi Atjonen, member of the FinEd Board and the UEF local organising team.

10:15–11:30 Keynote: Words, images & numbers: Mixing methods in contemporary research
Dr. Lucila Carvalho (Massey University, New Zealand):

11:30–12:15 Lunch (paid by FinEd)

12:15–13:45 Parallel workshops chaired by mentors (Metria/Futura)
• presentation + discussion: 45 min per student
• 7 parallel sessions

13:45–14:15 Tea/coffee break (paid by FinEd)

14:15–15:45 Parallel workshops chaired by mentors (Metria/Futura)
• presentation + discussion: 45 min per student
• 7 parallel sessions

16:15-19:00 Get together -meeting. Buffet at Café Metria

Participating in the Pre-seminar

All the doctoral researchers studying in the member units of the FinEd Network are welcome to apply for the pre-seminar. The maximum number of accepted doctoral researchers is 50.

There are two main options to participate in the pre-seminar:
1. Participation with lighter pre-assignment work (recommended scope of the study attainment 1 credit)
2. Participation with heavier pre-assignment work (recommended scope of the study attainment 2–3 credits)

Option 1 (recommended scope of the study attainment 1 credit):

  • prepare pre-assignment T1 to apply for the pre-seminar and submit it via a registration form (see instructions below)
  • prepare pre-assignments T2 and T4 for the pre-seminar and submit them on Moodle before the seminar (see deadlines below)
  • reflect/discuss your research methods together with the other participants on the Moodle platform
    participate in the discussions in the afternoon workshops
  • option 1 is obligatory for all the participating doctoral researchers
  • discuss in advance with your own supervisor of doctoral dissertation that Option 1 can to be included into your doctoral studies and how many credits your may earn

Option 2 (recommended scope of the study attainment 2–3 credits):

  • prepare pre-assignment T1 to apply for the pre-seminar and submit it via a registration form (see instructions below)
  •  prepare all pre-assignments T2–T4 for the pre-seminar and submit them on Moodle before the seminar (see deadlines below)
  •  present your pre-assignment T2 and T3 in one of the afternoon workshops
  • discuss your and your peer’s research methods in one of the afternoon workshops
  • discuss in advance with your own supervisor of doctoral dissertation how many credits your may earn based on your pre-assignment and presentation

The maximum number of the accepted workshop presenters will be 28. The coordinating unit of the FinEd Network will review the submitted abstracts and select the presenters.

Pre-assignments (select based on your Option 1 or 2)

T1. Write a structured abstract of your research using the following titles (max. 300 words)
• research task
• theoretical perspectives
• methods
• (expected) results

T2. Clarify your mixed methods approach in more detail. Use methodological references from your own field of science (max 900 words)
• main approach: what kind of mixing have you planned?
• data gathering: what kinds of data is planned to become mixed?
• (planned) method of analysis: what is your plan (or already started) for the analysis of various types of data”?

T3. Search for an article (international article is preferred) which deals with the mixed method that you see as suitable for your dissertation. It may be methodological article focusing on characteristics of mixed method in principle or it may be an empirical research article that demonstrates in practice the use of your selected approach.
• Present shortly the main content of the article so that the other participants in the same workshop session can understand its key ideas when they read your paper before the seminar (max 200 words); and
• Reflect its suggestions and advice (including critical points) against your own plans and ideas as a part of the task T2 (max 600 words).

T4. Prepare 1–2 key questions which you would like to be discussed in a parallel session during the pre-seminar.

Registration

The registration for the pre-seminar is made via an electronic form 26 August to 23 September. The link to a registration form is published on the web page of the FinEd Network: http://www.fined.fi/vuosiseminaari/.

By the registration you will submit the pre-assignment T1 and inform whether you are willing to present a paper on your research method in the afternoon workshop.

The maximum number of participating doctoral researchers is 50. The FinEd Network will accept participants according to two criteria: 1) Participation quotas among the member units of the FinEd, and 2) order of registration.

The pre-assignments T2, T3 and T4 of accepted participants should be submitted to a Moodle Platform by 21 October at the latest. The assignments should be written in one file in a pdf-format and named after the presenter’s name. The information on workshop groups and detailed instructions on the pre-seminar will be given to the accepted participants after the notification of acceptance.

You have to discuss with your supervisors about the credits you earn by participating the pre-seminar well before the pre-seminar. In cooperation with your supervisors, you have to take care that the credits will be saved in the study register of your own university, the FinEd Network is not authorised to register any study attainments.

Important Dates

Keep in mind the following dates:
• 26 August: Registration opens
• 23 September: Deadline for registration and submission of T1
• 7 October: Notification of acceptance
• 21 October: Deadline for the pre-assignments T2, T3, T4.

The doctoral researchers are also encouraged to attend the FERA Conference on Education organized in the University of Eastern Finland, 21–22 November 2019. Further information: http://www.uef.fi/web/kt-paivat2019/home . The topic for the FERA conference is Learning landscapes are evolving – what of it?

If you will participate in both FinEd pre-seminar (20.11.2019) and FERA Main conference (20.–21.11.2019), you must register to both of them separately. The registration form of FERA Main Conference will be opened 2 September, 2019.

Language of the Pre-seminar

The language of the pre-seminar is mainly English. The pre-assignment can be written either in Finnish or in English. The participants should be prepared to discuss their work in English.

Expenses are Covered to the Members of the FinEd Network

The travel and accommodation costs of the seminar will be covered by the FinEd to the doctoral researchers of the FinEd member units (in universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Åbo Akademi) as follows:

  • The pre-seminar is free of charge
  • The meals provided during the pre-seminar (lunch, coffee and dinner buffet)
  • One night’s shared (double room) overnight stay in hotel (NB! the night before or after the pre-seminar)
  • The most economical travel expenses within Finland based on the original tickets and receipts (an expense claim form will be sent to the participants). NB! The FinEd Network does not pay daily allowances to the doctoral researchers according to the decision of the FinEd board.
Further Information

Coordinator of the FinEd Network
Anneli Lehtisalo, anneli.lehtisalo@tuni.fi, 050 4377 233, Tampere University

Local contact persons (University of Eastern Finland):
academic questions: professor Päivi Atjonen, paivi.atjonen@uef.fi, 050 442 1180
practical questions: FERA coordinator Satu Piispa-Hakala, satu.piispa-hakala@uef.fi, 050 911 2089

The FinEd Network web pages: http://www.fined.fi/.