At the nexus of learning and innovation
Apr
17
April 17, 2:00 pm
Where

2.00 – 3.30pm, 17 April 2018

Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Join us on for a seminar with Professor Michael J Jacobson, Toward Research Publications that Answer Right Questions.

Where

2.00 – 3.30pm, 17 April 2018

Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

In this talk, I try to go beyond “generic” advice to PhD students about “getting your research published,” such as writing a paper and submitting it to a journal to see what happens. Instead, I will consider what are the characteristics of “right questions” for research that are associated with published papers but also, more importantly, with influential and highly cited papers. I then consider two of my own research publications as case studies.

The first case study concerns the research publication process I experienced for a special issue on education as a complex system that I organized for the Journal of the Learning Sciences, which was their most cited paper from 2006 to 2011. The second case study discusses a set of conference papers and revise and resubmit paper submissions that led to my paper (with Manu Kapur and Peter Reimann) that proposed a complexity framework for reconciling the 25 years old cognitive-situative debate. This paper also received the Outstanding Paper Award for 2016 from Educational Psychologist (the top ranked educational research journal). I conclude the talk with considerations about publishing impactful research that I hope will be of value 

Michael J Jacobson profile pictureMichael is a Professor and Chair of Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, and the Co-Director of the Learning, Cognitive, and Brain Sciences Research Group. His research has explored learning with immersive virtual worlds and agent-based modeling and visualization tools for learning challenging conceptual knowledge and skills. His work also involves cognitive and learning issues related to understanding new scientific perspectives emerging from the study of complex systems, as well as implications of complexity for theorizing in the learning and cognitive sciences. Professor Jacobson has published extensively in areas related to the learning sciences and technology, given invited talks at international conferences, and served as an educational and business consultant in the United States and internationally. He is also the Founder and CEO of Pallas Advanced Learning Systems, which is an edtech startup company based in Sydney. Professor Jacobson received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991.

Event contact information

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