Date: Thursday 18th September 2014
Venue: Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University
With the establishment of fifteen Q-Step Centres across the UK, teaching and learning in quantitative methods has entered a new and exciting phase. A step change in attitudes and practices is underway that will change the nature of social science teaching and also the kind of social science future graduates will do. The first step on any journey is the most important, but also possibly the easiest. In the next few years, the Q-Step Centres and quantitative methods teaching will face many challenges of pedagogy, resources, long term commitment and even opposition to the project itself. The first annual Cardiff Q-Step Centre Conference will begin to focus on some of these challenges and our speakers will discuss a range of issues – some controversial, that will face us.
We would like to invite you to participate in the conference which will take place on September 18th at Cardiff University. This event is free, but places are limited and registration is required. To register or for more details please complete the registration form below and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardiff Q-Step Inaugural Event September 18th booking form
Order of Proceedings (running times subject to change)
10:00 – Refreshments and registration
10:30 – Welcome and Introduction. Professor Malcolm Williams, Director Cardiff Q-Step Centre.
10:45 - Sharon Witherspoon, Director of Nuffield Foundation, Making numbers normal: is Q-Step enough?
11:15 - Professor Patrick Sturgis, University of Southampton, Director, National Centre for Research Methods, Why should undergraduate social science students choose quantitative methods?
11:45 - Professor Mike Savage, London School of Economics, The Great British Class Survey as a methodological experiment
12:15 - Keynote Address. Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal of University of Aberdeen, Some challenges for Mainstreaming Quantitative Methods Teaching.
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 - Professor John MacInnes, University of Edinburgh, ESRC Strategic Advisor on Quantitative Methods Training, Theory, Faith and Evidence.
14:45 - Dr Geoff Payne, Newcastle University, Clapping with One Hand? Sociology’s response to the National Strategy for Quantitative Skills Consultation.
15:30 – Refreshment break
16:00 - Panel discussion
16:45-18:00 - Wine Reception