Issues In Educational Research, 4(2), 1994, iii-vii.


Len King
Edith Cowan University

This edition of Issues in Educational Research represents the final occasion that the publication is solely a Western Australian enterprise. In its recent four year history, Issues in Educational Research has served to enable both experienced and early researchers to report research studies and research discussion.

On occasions some editions of Issues in Educational Research have focussed around particular themes but more generally editions have consisted of a range of research topics and reflected something of the diversity of researcher interest that abounds in educational research. Volume 4, Number 2 is typical of the more general editions.

A major platform of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) has been to encourage and promote early researchers in their endeavours. Each year for some time now, WAIER has conducted an annual Research Forum at which researchers in Western Australia, and especially graduate students, report on a semi-formal basis recently completed research or research in progress. As well, on a yearly basis, WAIER has honoured the top researchers from each University in Perth with awards, including the prestigious Early Career Award. With the relaunching of Issues in Educational Research four years ago, our intention was always to provide opportunities for early researchers to publish alongside more experienced researchers. As readers will observe, that intention has been achieved in this edition. Hopefully such opportunities for early researchers will be retained in future editions as Issues in Educational Research moves toward a wider Australian enterprise.

The range of research topics and the varied research experiences of authors all make for informative reading. Christopher Elliott's paper is timely. In educational institutions, professional staff tend to have grown tired of and many even annoyed by hierarchical leadership styles that may have had their place in times past. The Elliott paper reports a research that analysed a more contemporary view of leadership. Peter Forlin's paper addresses the matter of risk management related to one facet of schooling, namely, the chemical laboratory. The salience of risk management in other facets of schooling can be informed by the considerations reported in the Forlin paper. Denise Chalmers' paper provides a most interesting discussion base about tertiary students' learning patterns. The research reported will have valuable implications for tertiary educators across the country.

Three of the papers that follow reflect the work and intentions of the Institute of Educational Research. The combined paper by Martyn Wild, Roger Dickinson, Ron Oliver, Rob Phillips and Geoff Rehn reports an evening's forum on research about interactive multimedia. The paper raises numerous issues, some of a curious nature about the advent of this new technology in educational settings. Two papers report graduate research in progress. Ann Crittenden analyses some of the issues and concerns surrounding education systems' dependence on relief teachers in primary schools while Murray Drummond discusses the direction of his research in progress on masculinity in sport from a feminist perspective. His study promises a number of insights into what may become an emerging domain of inquiry.

Two short papers, one by Jettie Mulder and one by Graeme Lock and Sybe Jongelong, report the experiences of graduate research students on methodological matters. The Mulder paper indicates how one researcher handled qualitative data through effective use of software, while the Lock and Jongeling paper focuses on the vexed question of maximising return rates on questionnaires. Both papers should make interesting reading by those embarking on research.

As Issues in Educational Research embarks on an inter-state venture, we in Western Australia wish "her" well. As with the good ship Endeavour (replica), may all who become acquainted with her, either in the contribution or production roles, enjoy a fruitful and profound journey. The journal has great potential and we feel it is now being strengthened toward a truly national publication.

Len King

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Len King
Edith Cowan University

IIER Editorial Advisory Board 1994

John Hall, Curtin University of Technology
Andrew Sooby, Murdoch University
Len King, Edith Cowan University
Annette Patterson, Murdoch University
Collette Tayler, Edith Cowan University

WAIER President 1994

Andrew Taggart
Edith Cowan University

The views and styles expressed in the articles in this publication are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily shared by the editor or members of the editorial advisory board.

Copyright © 1994 WAIER

Published by the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER), Perth, Western Australia. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from WAIER. Desktop publishing (1994) by Clare McBeath. Printed (1994) by Printing Services, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

ISSN 0313-7155

Please cite as: King, L. (1994). Editorial. Issues In Educational Research, 4(2), iii-iv.

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