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Educational research that has an impact: ‘Be realistic, demand the impossible’: 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Presidential Address

Mills, M; (2018) Educational research that has an impact: ‘Be realistic, demand the impossible’: 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Presidential Address. Australian Educational Researcher , 45 (5) pp. 569-583. 10.1007/s13384-018-0284-9. Green open access

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Abstract

© 2018, The Author(s). This AARE Presidential Address examines what it means to be an educational researcher in the current Australian, and global, political climate. The presentation draws heavily on the work of Levitas (Utopia as Method 2013). The address, using her notions of Utopia as archaeology, as ontology and as architecture, suggests that in the process of promoting a more socially just agenda there is no alternative but to look for alternative ways of doing educational research and being an educational researcher. It concludes by suggesting that associations such as AARE provide opportunities to envisage what academic life could look like for educational researchers in a ‘Realistic Utopia’—one in which they are realistic and demand the impossible.

Type: Article
Title: Educational research that has an impact: ‘Be realistic, demand the impossible’: 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Presidential Address
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0284-9
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063398
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