WMIER Research Series

Date / Time: 8-10 October 10-10.30am
Venue: TT.1.12

You are invited to attend a WMIER research series that will offer a range of insights into approaches that can be used to provide a nuanced analysis of complex events.


  • Exploring a sensitive research topic: Methodological pathways (8 October, Carol Hamilton)
    Qualitative methods gather information that can’t easily be measured by or translated into numbers. These frameworks are used when a researcher wants insight into the subtleties behind numbers – the feelings, actions or community history that affect the current situation. When the information sought is of a very sensitive nature, thus hard to talk about, how best should a researcher proceed? This question is explored through the context of a research study designed to obtain community members views about issues related to sexuality and young people with intellectual disability.
  • Polyphonic video analysis (9 October, Jayne White)
    Drawing on the notion of ‘visual surplus’ (i.e., the work of the eye) and ‘polyphony’ (i.e., multiple voice) this presentation explains an approach to video analysis that foregrounds the visual perspective of research participants who cannot always ‘speak’ for themselves. Based on split-screen synchronised video, points-of-view on the everyday acts of very young children and infants are analysed in terms of what can be seen and what might be learnt from such seeing. A case is made for such forms of analysis as ideologically and axiologically oriented thereby cautioning the potential for interpretation to stand as defining (or finalising) truth. Instead, insights are generated about how meaning is shared (intersubjectively) and altered (alterically) in dialogue.
  • Tracking student interaction using display recording on mobile devices (10 October, Garry Falloon
    This seminar will describe methods used to screen record interaction and oral discourse while students were working in pairs solving problems embedded in digital learning objects on netbooks and in iPad apps. It will describe the technology set up, and a method used to analyze data tracking students learning journeys against a Thinking Skills framework (KC development).

The series is open to University of Waikato staff and post-graduate students only.

If you would like to be kept informed about other WMIER events please contact Sarah McAnallen.