ALARA-BALT Australasian Conference 2020 Doctoral Workshop

ALARA-BALT Australasian
Action Learning, Action Research Conference 2020

Discovering the Future Together:
Action Learning and Action Research at Work


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Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA) and Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT) are co-hosting the ALARA-BALT Australasian Action Learning, Action Research Conference 2020 from Launceston, Tasmania from 8 - 10 November 2020.

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Doctoral Workshop for Higher Degree Research Students

This Doctoral Workshop precedes the commencement of the ALARA-BALT Australasian Conference on 8 November 2020. The Doctoral Workshop provides an opportunity for Higher Degree Research students, their supervisors and anyone interested in current research to share and support our next wave of knowledge providers.

The Doctoral Workshop will be designed as a yarning circle (1). Students will form small groups at their institutions, either in person or virtually, to share their research ‘story’ minutes followed by a 7-8 minute facilitated conversation, before moving to the next student, and so on.

At 2.00 pm on Sunday 8 November, all locations will join a combined virtual session, where each group will present up to three papers to share with the full cohort. This whole-cohort facilitated two-hour learning conversation will bring together all virtual and in-person attendees with an opportunity to further extend students' exposure to action research approaches. It is envisaged that feedback from the yarning circles will guide the students, and their supervisors, to seek deeper understandings which could lead to enhanced outcomes for their contributions to society.

Locations for the Doctoral Workshop

The main location for the Doctoral Workshop will be in Launceston. The Organising Committee are negotiating with other locations to be connected for the two-hour learning conversation. These possible locations include UTS and Australian Institute of Business.

Submission guidelines

Doctoral and Master students are invited to submit a completed proposal form and discussion paper of no more than 1,000 words (two A4-pages) in 12pt, Times New Roman, using standard margins. Papers should be formatted according to APA / Harvard guidelines and include: title; author details; abstract [200 words or less]; purpose; design / methodology / approach (referencing the action research approach used); findings; research limitations / implications; practical implications; originality / value; and keywords. Students are to receive their supervisors’ written approval to attend - please see proposal form to complete.

Students can submit a pdf of the proposal form and their paper to Associate Professor Chivonne Algeo, ALARA's VP-Australasia, who is co-ordinating this Workshop, by 15 October 2020.

Doctoral workshop participants may also wish to attend the ALARA-BALT Conference. Details and separate registration to the conference are available here

Any questions? For any further information, please contact Associate Professor Algeo.

(1)    Dunleavy, J., About Yarning Circles, 2013