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Interview 42: Melanie Nind and Liz Todd

Melanie Nind and Liz Todd, Co-Editors of International Journal of Research & Method in Education

This is the forty-second interview in a series that Routledge is conducting with the editors of some of its key Education journals.

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Introduction

These interviews are aimed at students, educational researchers, academics and visitors to the Education Arena website who are interested in particular journals and would like to find out more.

Each interview provides information about the editors in question, details about the creation of their journal and its purpose and scope within the wider sphere of educational research. Each editor is also asked to offer advice, hints and tips to prospective authors who may be hoping to submit papers to their journal.

This interview is with Melanie Nind and Liz Todd, Co-Editors of International Journal of Research & Method in Education. The International Journal of Research & Method in Education is an interdisciplinary and refereed journal, which draws its contributions from a wide community of researchers. The principal aim of the journal is to further international discourse in education with a particular focus on method.

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Melanie Nind and Liz Todd answer the question

The interview took place at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in July, 2012.



Questions

Answers

Q1: For researchers or students who have never encountered IJRME, what is the journal about in a nutshell?

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Q2: Are there any recent topics, papers, and/or issues which you feel have been particularly successful?

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Q3: What do you look for when considering articles and submissions?

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Q4: What do you see as the strengths of IJRME as an academic journal?

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Q5: What are your aspirations for the future of the journal?

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Q6: Have there been any single educational concerns or turning points that have influenced the direction of the journal?

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Q7: What topics would you like to see more of, to represent the ways that the journal has changed?

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Q8: What have been the most important/controversial events in contemporary debate that have been discussed in the journal?

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Q9: Can you say a little about the themed special issues?

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More about Melanie Nind

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Melanie Nind is a Professor of Education at the University of Southampton. She is director of postgraduate research degrees in the Southampton Education school and a co-director of the hub of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Her particular areas of interest and expertise lie in the fields of interactive and inclusive pedagogy and inclusive research methods. She also maintains a keen interest in inclusion and gender, sexuality and disability rights issues within a broad social justice framework. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Research and Method in Education and on the international advisory or editorial boards for the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, European Journal of Special Needs Education, Disability and Society and British Journal of Learning Disabilities. Her recent research projects have focused on concepts of access for people with learning disabilities, the experiences of young children moving between inclusive and special early years settings, evidence-based curricula for girls excluded from mainstream school, quality and capacity-building in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities, and methodological innovation in qualitative social science research. Melanie began her teaching career in special schools as a teacher of students with severe and complex learning difficulties. It is here that she developed and evaluated the teaching approach of Intensive Interaction for which she is best known.

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More about Liz Todd

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Liz Todd’s work is in the area of equity and diversity in society, looking at the practices of social and educational inclusion. Current projects investigate and contribute to the development of the role of schools in overcoming disadvantage, the changing position of professionals who work with children, the voice of the child /young person in schools and services, the involvement of parents in education, research methods to evaluate complex initiatives (i.e. theory of change, visual research methods, collaborative methods), and tools to help the process of change for individuals and communities

Liz has been involved in the professional training of educational psychologists for many years and has worked across the UK and in Fiji at the University of the South Pacific.

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Suggested Reading and Related Articles

Melanie Nind and Liz Todd suggest the following articles to be of interest:

Grasping at methodological understanding
By Pat Drake
Volume 33, Issue 1, 2010

Dealing with complexity: theory of change evaluation and the full service extended schools initiative
By Alan Dyson & Liz Todd
Volume 33, Issue 2, 2010

Interrogating paradigmatic and narrative analyses against a backdrop of teacher professionalism
By MacMath
Volume 32, Issue 2, 2009

Scale in education research: towards a multi-scale methodology
By Noyes
iFirst

'Dammed taxi cab' - how silent communication in questionnaires can be understood and used to give voice to children's experiences
By Alerby and Kostenius
iFirst

'Shifting the focus: children's image-making practices and their implications for analysis'
By Helen Jayne Lomax
iFirst

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