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Showcasing collaborative research partnerships: Practitioner Researcher and Higher Education Professionals

Practitioner research is rooted in the work of John Dewey and the belief that practitioners are both ‘consumers’ and ‘producers’ of knowledge (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 1993, p. 9). Over the years, practitioner research has been ‘shaped and reshaped in relation to the era within which it has existed’ (Dana, 2016, p.1). In this era we are suggesting that the professional development of practitioners can be effectively supported by connecting them with researchers from Higher Education, giving them access to  the evidence base from educational research and by supporting reflective teaching and a critical engagement with the research literature.

In this event we would like to explore the synergy that might be generated by the sharing of different forms of knowledge (Fox et al., 2007, p25).  The propositional knowledge that an academic researcher may possess about the theories and frameworks relevant to a particular problem and the process and personal knowledge of a practitioner can be brought together in the context of a shared project to generate meaningful outcomes that both advance the understanding of that field and have an impact on practice.

Introducing a partnership with Higher Education brings about a power shift and we suggest it may be empowering for both parties.  We have invited submissions from such collaborations so that these ideas can be further explored in the event.  

Draft Programme:

17:30 Welcome & Introduction
17:35 Developing a New Research-Practice Partnership Between a Teaching Intensive University and a Special SEND School: Searching for Synergy
Daniela Bacova, Georgia McCrone, Clare Higgins, and Hannah Lovatt; University of Bolton
17:50 Research-informed Teaching in a Teaching-intensive HE Institution: A Collaborative Autoethnography of Opportunities and Challenges
Darasimi Oshodi, Tasnima Aktar, Frank Kaytu, Faria Tofail; Global Banking School
18:05 Participatory action research: Implementing positive psychology in north-east primary schools
Elizabeth Hidson & Kate Duffy, University of Sunderland
18:20 Sing & Learn: Train and Lead
Mabel Encinas, London Metropolitan University; Rachel Pantin, Musiko Musika 
18:35 Teacher Professional Development Opportunities through Teacher-Research: Mentor-Mentee Co-creation in a Disadvantaged, Global South Context
Tasnima Aktar, Global Banking School
18:50 Summary
19:00 Event Close


Chairs and Speakers

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Claire Tyson, Dr

Teacher Researcher at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Claire Tyson is a teacher researcher based at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, where she combines teaching science with her research post. Her PhD was obtained by studying part time with Queen Mary, University of London in Clinical...

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Joyce Chen, Dr

Further Education Lecturer and Teacher Educator at The College of West Anglia/University Centre West Anglia

Dr Joyce I-Hui Chen has recently been awarded her PhD in Education Studies. She has been working in different educational sectors for more than 20 years in Taiwan and in the United Kingdom (UK), from primary education to higher education. Her...

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Julia Everitt, Dr

Research Fellow at Birmingham City University

Dr Julia Everitt is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Birmingham City University (BCU) and has worked in higher education as a researcher since 2014. Julia was awarded her doctorate in 2018 and as a researcher has been involved in over 30 research...

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Kate Mawson, Dr

Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Kate Mawson has significant teaching experience across a range of institutions and has worked in Secondary and Higher Education institutions since 2002. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Founding Fellow of the...

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Daniela Bacova, Dr

Senior Lecturer - Programme leader for EdD and PhD in Education at The University of Bolton

Dr. Daniela Bacova is currently a Programme Leader for doctorate studies in education at the University of Bolton, UK. She graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, studying English and Slovak language and literature, and in...

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Darasimi Oshodi, Dr

Study Skills Lecturer at Global Banking School

I currently teach at Global Banking School. I teach academic skills and research modules. My background is in education and lifelong learning. My interests include migration, class, identity and narrative research.

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Elizabeth Hidson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland

Dr Elizabeth Hidson’s education career began with teaching computing, then school senior leadership and strategic regional secondments. After 14 years in secondary schools, she moved into higher education. She has been a researcher on a range...

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Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

Mabel has a strong commitment and passion for equality, diversity, and social inclusion. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on creative strategies for learning and teaching, including...

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Tasnima Aktar, Dr

Lecturer at Global Banking School

Tasnima Aktar is a Lecturer in Academic Writing and Study Skills at Global Banking School (with Leeds Trinity University partnership) and an Associate Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Glasgow. She earned her PhD in TESOL from the University...

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Kate Duffy, Dr

Senior Lecturer Education at University of Sunderland

I am a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sunderland and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). I have been leading and teaching programmes in Education Studies for over 15 years. My current role within the...

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Clare Higgins, Dr

Academic Operations Lead, PG and UG Education at The University of Bolton

I am Academic Operations Lead for Education at the University of Bolton and Senior Lecturer responsible for leading and managing the BA (Hons) Education and Learning degree. My doctoral research was on the analysis of children’s drawings where...