What is educational research and who is it for?

A BSA Regional Postgraduate Event

2 June 2017 (9.30am-4.00pm)
University of Stirling, UK

Call for Papers

This conference is aimed at Masters and PhD students to explore the value and purpose(s) of educational research. We would like to invite abstracts for paper presentations (15 minutes) and round table presentations (5 minutes) on the theme of the conference.

Peter Mortimore posed the question: "does educational research matter?" (Mortimore, 1999).  This was seventeen years ago, and, whilst Whitty (2006) and Weiss (1991) have both taken steps to recognise the significance and pertinence of educational research, there still remains much debate.

This one-day conference will be of great interest to postgraduate researchers who would benefit from exploring the placement and value of educational research in the social sciences.  The day will bring provide researchers, working within diverse fields within the social sciences, a friendly and welcoming environment to share their work; understand the diversity of educational research; highlight what educational research can offer; and discuss how it informs practice across various policy contexts.  The paper presentations will take place during parallel sessions and there will be time for questions. Please send a 300-word abstract along with any presentation requirements.  Round table presentations are informal and aimed towards early researchers who are looking to share their research in a supportive session. Tables will have an appointed facilitator who will chair the sessions and invite questions. Please send a 300-word summary of your research.

Speakers include:

  • David James (Cardiff University)
  • Meg Maguire (Kings College, London)
  • Mark Priestly (University of Stirling)

Deadline for abstracts is the 17 April 2017 at 17:00.

Please send to: Tracey Hughes