Great news; just received confirmation that I will be presenting my initial findings from my preliminary research at the 2016 Kaleidoscope Conference in Cambridge. This will be the perfect format to talk about my research ideas. I am very excited that my topic was chosen and this will surely be a unique experience. The conference will take place at the end of May.
Presentation title: Exploring the digital literacy practice of a newly arrived migrant language and literacy learner (Focus: methodology and ethical considerations)
This was the first time that I presented my ideas and plans concerning my PhD research at a conference. I mainly focused on methodological and ethical considerations concerning my pilot research. Although I had already collected the pilot data at that point, it was too early to present definite findings. However, I was still able to share some of my data. As the conference theme focused on bridging the gap between theory and practice, I put emphasis, on how my research could potentially be of interest to a wider audience (policy makers, NGOs) and inform ESOL and English language practitioners. The delegates at this conference were mostly PhD students. Their questions were mostly concerned with ethical issues regarding data collection (e.g. collecting data from social media sites or from smartphones).