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June 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica

FELS Graduate Students’ Conference 2017


he Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies (FELS) Graduate Studies

Unit hosted its 5


Graduate Students’ Conference on May 25, 2017.

The conference was guided by the theme “Research, Innovation and

Knowledge Sharing: Imperatives for 21


Century Development”. Professor

Halden Morris, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI

(Mona) the keynote speaker unpacked this theme and provided a thought

provoking discussion and thinking about research and innovation in the 21



Eleven (11) Graduate students presented papers on cutting edge research

in their field. Paper presentations covered research in problem based/

project based learning, Information Communication Technology, Queering

Educational Leadership, School Leadership and the Virtual Learning

classroom, Advancing the theory and Practice of Human Resource

Development, Students perception of career choices in TVET, Selection

criteria for appointing leaders in secondary schools, The DREEM model

to improve student achievement at UTech, Jamaica and Academic

Performance: Does the Teacher Matter?

In an effort to prepare Graduate students for the conference presentations

mentoring sessions were facilitated by members of faculty, FELS: Dr.

Cynthia Onyefulu, Dr. Leonie Clarke, Dr. Gareth Phillips, Dr. Hope Mayne,

Dr. Shermaine Barrett, Mrs. Anita Thomas-James and Miss Grace Hughes.

The mentoring process continued at the conference with Dr. Shermaine

Barrett cementing the process with a presentation titled “From Concept to

Publication”. This provided graduate students with in-depth knowledge on

how to get published.

Prof. Halden Morris, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI (Mona) delivers the keynote address at the 5th FELS

Graduate Students’ Conference held at the Papine campus on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Best Conference Paper

The Best Conference Paper was awarded to Mr. Craig

McNally (centre), PhD student in the Education Leadership

and Management Programme. His paper title is “Queering

Educational Leadership: The Lived Experiences & Perceptions

of LGB Students at a selected university in Jamaica.”

Congratulating him on his award are Dr. Leonie Clarke, Head,

School of Technical and Vocational Education and Dr. Rohan

Lewis, Dean, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies.