The Practical Research for Education (PRE) Conference entitled Making a Difference with Research, took place on 9th July. This was also a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the journal.
Following a welcome address by Sue Rossiter, Chief Executive of the NFER, the morning continued with two keynote speeches. The first of these, entitled Principles for the improvement of practice and research, was given by Andrew Pollard, Director of the TLRP. Asking the question 'Can we make a difference?', he explored professionalism and teacher expertise, and gave examples of individual research projects within the TLRP. Then followed a keynote by John Bangs, Assistant Secretary of the NUT, on the theme Making a Difference with Research. Within his speech he spoke on making a difference to both teachers' practice and to policy, and he shared findings from three research projects supported by the NUT, on the topics of collaborative CPD, school self-evaluation and inclusion.
The morning's sessions were completed by two presentations which gave insights into practitioner research. One, presented by Marrie Webster from Hatfield Peveral Infant School and Caroline Sharp from the NFER, focused on speaking and listening within an infant school, and the second, presented by Liz MacGarvey from the Knowsley Secondary Partnership, looked at student research projects within secondary schools.
In the afternoon, delegates could participate in a range of different workshops, and the 20th anniversary of PRE was celebrated with tea and birthday cake.
Below you can find links to powerpoint presentations and video footage from the conference and a selection of TTRB articles on resources from the PRE journal.
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Date Posted: 11/7/2008