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Researching the Curriculum in schools and colleges: Practice, Professionalism and Innovation

A BCF Event for schools, colleges and universities


This British Curriculum Forum (BCF) event brings together teachers, practitioners, researchers, leaders, managers, and academics to share their critical perspectives and assumptions about researching the curriculum. The conference explores what is meant by curriculum research and what practical, ethical and theoretical issues need to be considered when carrying out innovative research.  Aimed at all key stakeholders interested in the curriculum in schools and colleges as well as those new to research, this event considers the perspectives offered by leading practitioners, subject associations and universities, focussing on knowledge emerging from research and practice through a range of keynotes, workshops and panel sessions. 

09.00 Registration – Tea/Coffee biscuits
09.30 Welcome/opening comments/housekeeping
Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London
09.40 Researching the Curriculum: the value of published research
Tim Cain, Edge Hill University
09.55 Research for an ethical action-oriented curriculum
Jean McNiff, York St John University
10.10 ‘Close-to-practice’ Theorisation and Conceptualisation – The Making of the RE-searchers Approach
Giles Freathy, The Learning Institute
10.30 Panel Q&A
Chairs: Christopher Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University and Ruth Dann, UCL Institute of Education
11.00 Tea and Coffee break
11.30 Choice of parallel sessions I:

Practitioner workshop – Adopting the action research paradigm for the first time: directions to explore and ways of working
Warren Kidd, University of East London

“Is it better than what we are already doing?” Building an evidence informed, evidence base in school, for school
Megan Dixon, Aspire Educational Trust 
Enhancing curriculum research in FE teacher education programmes: Linking the “theoretic” to the “practical”
Gordon Ade-Ojo, University of Greenwich and Heather Booth-Martin, Craven College
Thinking like a researcher: Learning to ‘notice’ your practice differently
Christopher Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Well spoken? What happens when you take speaking seriously in schools
Rebecca Earnshaw, Director of Voice 21
13.45 Participatory Research: Powerful partnerships that create research impact
Sue Cronin, Liverpool Hope University
14.00 Building Research in Primary Schools (BRIPS)
Ruth Dann, UCL Institute of Education
14.15 Panel Q&A
Chairs: Christopher Hanley, Manchester Metropolitan University and Ruth Dann, UCL Institute of Education
14.30 Tea and Coffee break
14.45 Choice of parallel sessions II

The Case of inclusion and progress
Sue Kitchin, Anglia Ruskin University




The Higher Project Qualification (HPQ): Do Research Projects Add Value for Secondary School Students?
Jenny Clements, UCL Institution of Education
Practitioner workshop – Planning a worthwhile, ethical practitioner research for educational leadership?
Alison Fox, Open University
Child-friendly research in the early years
Karen McInnes, Norland College
15.30 Completion of evaluation forms
15.35 Final comments including announcements of future BCF funding opportunities
Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London
15.45 Networking