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Investigating Our Practices (IOP) Conference


Investigating Our Practices (IOP) Conference

IOP 2014 Conference | May 3

UBC Vancouver

Faculty of Education


Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our teaching practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.

On May 3, 2014 UBC hosts the 17th Annual IOP Conference, where practicing education professionals and students come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice.

The conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion. These exchanges typically fall within the following areas of inquiry:

– the preparation of practitioners
– the ongoing education of practitioners
– the focus on classroom practice
– the context of practice (e.g., social, political and cultural analysis of practice)
– researching practice (e.g., teacher inquiry/action)

The Call for Proposals is now open. Proposals are submitted online and the closing date is March 3, 2014.  Proposals are invited in three formats:

– Submit a proposal for an individual or group session. Welcomed are challenging, relevant, interactive presentations that showcase how you have been investigating some dimension of teaching practice.  Session time should be divided equally between provoking discussion by providing access to your understandings and providing opportunity for others to discuss your conclusions.

– Host a roundtable discussion. You have a critical question you would like to discuss with other practitioners and you are willing to initiate and moderate a conversation, perhaps based on your own experience or research.

– Prepare a poster session. The poster format is ideal for the visual presentation of research results, a program of research or research activities of a group.

The conference committee will review all proposals and notify applicants by March 21, 2014.

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