Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Research Masters 2008

This is a team of 4 great research masters students of 2008. We are currently co-ordinating a post-graduate conference on the 17th October 2008 to be held at the school of Psychology PMB Campus.

The conference often has up to 80 to a 100 people attending. How do we get people especially students to participate more in this activity? I think that the conference is a platform for them to begin the practice of engaging in critical thinking in research and it allows students to network with academics in the research field. It is an opportunity to get feedback on their research work and to get constructive criticism on their research methods and theory. Further, it is a chance to learn from others.

Do you have any suggestions on how we can make this a learning and an exciting event for students?


At September 16, 2008 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Derek said...

Thembe, I'm excited to see that you are thinking about participation / conversations before the conference Sometimes conference programmes are so jammed up with presentations that there is no space to engage with what has been presented. It would be great if this blog allows such interaction.
(Diclaimer: As the Designer of the http://www.psychology.unp.ac.za/presentations/ website I have a role in getting this Blog Online.)

At September 16, 2008 at 6:43 AM , Blogger Research Masters said...

Thank you for your comment. I would like to see more students using Blogg to share their views about the conference and how they think we can improve student participation.

At September 17, 2008 at 2:24 AM , Blogger Durrheim said...

We shoudl set up a few "commentstations" at the conference venue, and perhaps have a hew honours students appointed as IT advisors to upload photos and to help people to comment on talks.

At September 30, 2008 at 3:15 AM , Blogger Mary Van der Riet said...

Hi all - the page is really looking good. My concerns are:
no body knows about it - can you tell the honours class to look, and the Masters and the HC group? How will you do this (tell them)?

Some people have been asking me about when they are presenting and the programme etc - are people going to think that the page as is is the order of presentations - can you put a note somwhere indicating that its not the programme, but a record of abstracts submitted?

Can you somehow tell people how long they have to present and all the info about format etc? I'm also getting questions about this...



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