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Future Shapers: Fourth Annual Postgraduate Research Conference for Initial Teacher Education Students


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Conference Theme: Future Shapers

The school of education are committed to beginning the process from day one of the continual professional development of our teaching students. The University’s Strategic plan identifies us as future shapers. Teachers shape the future of others throughout their career. This two day conference celebrates the very best of education based research in our faculty. The research showcased at this conference will highlight the many ways that research and practice shapes the future of learning and pedagogy. The conference is an excellent opportunity for research active/research interested staff and particularly Early Career Academics to present on an area related to the theme or to display a poster at the event. 

The Government’s recent proposed changes to the NQT process and the Early Career Framework as well as the Recruitment and Retention Strategy of 2019 reinforce the importance of research and evidence based pedagogical approaches Alongside these changes is an increased emphasis on the curriculum and talk based pedagogy. Increasing concerns are emerging relating to the importance of mental health and wellbeing, consideration of the needs of learners and what underlies specific kinds of behaviours and issues of subject knowledge.

Conference Date: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September 2019

Date of Notification for Successful Submissions: Wednesday 31st July 2019 

Abstracts Deadline: Midnight Friday 12th July 2019

Abstracts are invited in the following areas or similar areas to these:

  • Shaping the Future with an Innovative Curriculum;
  • Understanding how Behaviour Shapes Learning and Success in the Future;
  • Shaping the Future of Learning through Inclusive Practice;
  • Shaping the Future with Early Career Development;
  • Innovative Pedagogies that Shape the Minds of the Future;
  • Shaping the Future with Innocative Approaches to Implementing Educational Policy;
  • Shaping the Future of Learners through Co-construction.

Presenters will have approximately 30 minutes to present their research depending on responses and presentations can involve interactive approaches related to the theme. If you would like to present on either the Thursday or Friday please apply by submitting a 250 word abstract outlining the key areas you intend to present on and which day you would like to present. Alternatively, if you wish to produce a poster please send a 150 word discussion of the main elements of your poster.

Register and Submit an Abstract (please use Google Chrome to complete the form). 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kim Gilligan: kim.gilligan@sunderland.ac.uk