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Researching the Further Education Sector

Post-compulsory and lifelong learning

shutterstock_284521460 (2)Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email for details of how to register onsite.

Please join us at Bedford College for a one-day programme of talks and workshops that will be of interest to anyone who is teaching or researching in the further education sector. With a focus on encouraging practitioner research in FE, as well as reporting research about FE, this event will see new as well as established researchers talking about their work in the sector and presenting their findings. There will also be opportunities for networking, and to learn about practitioner research that is currently being undertaken by staff at Bedford College.

Presentation abstracts


Registration, teas and coffees

10.15 Welcome, introduction, brief introduction to the work of the BERA SIG for PCLL

From medium to pedagogy: ‘fun and colourful’ lessons as a model for trainee teachers in further education colleges – questioning the postmodernist constructivist approach to classroom practice
Julian Dziubinski

11.15 Break

“Very positive” or “vague and detached”? Unpacking ambiguities in further education teachers’ responses to professional standards in EnglandJonathan Tummons

12.15 Lunch and poster viewings
13.00 Introduction to practitioner workshop session

Bedford College Research Network: FE practitioners doing it for themselves!
Sam Jones

14.00 Break

Pre-destined lives, quiet voices: the trajectories and learning identities of level 1 students
Liz Atkins


Plenary discussion and Q&A


Networking, informal discussions, goodbyes


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.