For Educational Research Participants
In the context of the much-debated query about what works and why, there are a wide range of benefits of educational research, whether directly fueling improvement through action research or more broadly gaining an understanding and knowledge on topics of interest and relevance. This is why research is integrated into the initial training of teachers. The 'Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Research,Social Science & Humanities (APCERSSH)' intends to make help participants realise that regular educational research practices can help them derive a range of benefits such as-
finding solutions to specific problems that arise in their classrooms (schools, higher learning institutions, or corporate settings);
supporting the professional learning of knowledge, skills and understanding;
connecting them with sources of information and professional support networks;
clarifying goals, processes and priorities when introducing changes - for example, to curriculum, pedagogy or assessment;
improving their understanding of their own professional and political contexts, organizationally, locally and nationally, enabling them to teach and lead more strategically and effectively;
developing their agency, influence, personal effectiveness and voice within their own school and more broadly within the profession.
Each of these can involve investigation using evidence from their own environment, as well as broader research evidence. Similar to most other types of research, educational research involves several stages.
For HSS Participants
Along with the above benefits for those interested in educational research, the two-day APCERSSH conference which will go down on the 7th & 8th of October, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand, will also cater to the sensibilities of those from the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities. There has always been a certain degree of controversy about the role that research in the humanities can play in solving societal problems - while some researchers argue that these fields should increase and emphasise their transformative potential, others assign them a rather passive role, suggesting that they should create systemic knowledge (i.e., knowledge that increases understanding of a social issue) or orientational knowledge (i.e., knowledge that assists in the determining of options for action).
One could further argue that the public value of humanities and social sciences research is not necessarily captured by their usefulness in problem solving, but rather by their ability to reflect critically on the problem itself and it’s probable explanations. In this regard, the societal impact of research in these fields can also be counter-intuitive if one expects clear solutions to problems formulated in advance.
By partaking in this conference, participants (who are engaged in humanities and social sciences) will be able to see how knowledge can seep in as conceptual information that influences ideas and decisions. Compared to the natural and technical sciences, the impact of these fields is considered more indirect and less visible. While the use of this knowledge can be discreet, it can also be symbolic insofar as it is used to justify political decisions already made.