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International Conference in Practice-Focused Research in Education

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Sir Tom Cowie Campus

Shifting Horizons of Educational Practice, Theory and Research

This international conference is dedicated to encouraging international disciplinary and interdisciplinary discussion and debate about the relationship between practice, theory and research in the discipline of education and in related disciplines including, philosophy, sociology, psychology and policy development.

  • Monday 6 July - Tuesday 7 July 2020: Beginning Researchers’ Conference 
  • Tuesday 7 July - Thursday 9 July 2020: Main Conference on Practice-Focused Research in Education


Participants are invited to interrogate the role, nature and value of practice-focused research in education and in other disciplines and subjects in order to examine its potential as well as its limitations in improving practice, contributing to the development of theory and extending understandings of different forms of educational research.

This international conference encourages teachers, researchers, academics, policy and education professionals working in the UK, Mainland Europe, the United States, Asia and across the globe to share ideas and research at the intersections of practice, theory and research in education and in related disciplines. The event aims to facilitate partnerships across national and disciplinary borders through international, disciplinary and interdisciplinary discussion and debate in order to: tackle challenges, develop professionally, share opinions, find solutions, explore opportunities and identify possibilities in moving ideas and understandings of educational practice forward. 

Keynote speakers

Monday 6 July: Paul Kessell-Holland Education and Training Foundation

Tuesday 7 July: Professor Gert Biesta

Wednesday 8 July:  keynote speaker to be announced

Thursday 9  July:  keynote speaker to be announced


The IPFREC Conference Committee invite researchers, teachers, education and policy professionals and education leaders to submit proposals in the following areas of research interest…

·         Challenging dichotomies in education

·         Relationships between practice, theory and research

·         The nature of a practice and the processes and stages in which a practice improves

·         Skill and practice development

·         Challenging the vocational-academic divide

·         Curriculum design and development in education

·         Educational evaluation and educational improvement