2011 Conference Keynote Speakers
The keynote speakers for the Value and Virtue in Practice-Based
Research Conference held at York St John University on the 1 and 2
of June 2011 were:
Professor Julian Stern, Dean of the
Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University biography
‘From negative ethics
to positive virtues in research’ was the title of
Professor Stern's keynote address.
Julian described the importance of
research virtues. Research virtues are positive qualities
that researchers should demonstrate, in contrast to most versions
of research ethics made up of a set of activities to be avoided.
His keynote was based on his own research on
spirituality in schools and universities.
Revd Professor Jeff Astley, Visiting
Professor, Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John
'The Vocation and Virtues of Research'
was the title of Revd Professor Jeff Astley's Keynote. In this
paper, Jeff Astley sought to explore two contentious
- that, even in secular contexts, academic research itself may be
described under the image of a vocation; and that such
research exemplifies deep seated virtues of the human
At its best, he argued, research can be a
form of disinterested, self-giving love.
Professor Jean McNiff, Professor of Educational
Research in the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John
'Where the wonderful
things are: a celebration of global interconnectedness for
professional accountability through action research'
was the title of Professor Jean McNiff's Keynote.
In this interactive presentation, Jean spoke
about the work being undertaken in global contexts that celebrates
the capacity of practitioners to speak for themselves as they show,
through their accounts of practice, how they hold themselves
accountable for what they are doing. The community of practitioners
now forms an interconnected worldwide network of educational
enquiry, so the conference becomes a site for the further
development of knowledge creation to inform and sustain these new
forms of globalisation.
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