Wed, Jul. 22, 2020 11:00:00 — 12:00:00
Research Quality in the era of ERA
Division 13 Education scored a national average of 2.2 in the first 'Excellence for Research in Australia' exercise conducted in 2010, a score that was well below 'world standard'. Fittingly, AARE swung into action with the 'Living in a 2.2 World' report, which directed attention to the diversity of outputs then being directed to Division 13 (e.g., 37% from AOUs outside Education). Since then, Division 13's performance has improved with each ERA round, scoring 2.4 nationally in 2012, 2.9 in 2015, and 3.0 in 2018. Whilst a positive trend, improvement has been slow and incremental with gains coming mainly from the lower end and less so at the very top. As Education is a peer review discipline, the quality of publications is a critical factor in our ERA performance. In this AARE seminar, I dissect "the publication" to present indicators of quality for each of its constituent parts: the abstract, introduction, literature review, conceptual framework, methodology, discussion, conclusion, tables, figures and references. These indicators of quality are reflections based on a decade and a half of pitched battles with Reviewer #2, in addition to time spent as Editor-in-Chief of AER and reviewing for ERA 2015 and 2018. The aim of this seminar is to share the habits of and strategies employed by excellent education researchers, as reflected in their publications, to help position Division 13 for a collective lift in ERA 2023.
Professor Linda Graham is Director of The Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Since graduating with a PhD by Publication in 2007, she has authored of more than 70 books, chapters and journal articles and has led five Category 1 research projects. From 2012 to 2015, Linda was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Educational Researcher (AER), in 2015 she was an ERA Peer Reviewer and, in 2018, was a member of the ARC's Education and Human Society ERA Research Evaluation Committee.