Researching for Social Justice and Educational Improvement

Aimed at researchers, doctoral students, teacher educators and school teachers, this conference seeks to provide a showcase for relevant research in the region – especially that of teachers in local schools.

Call for papers

We are interested in all aspects of educational research that address the broad theme of social justice and educational improvement. As the conference is partly hosted by the English Education SIG in association with NATE then any aspect of work in English is welcome including, for example, related areas such as Applied Linguistics, TEFL and English Literature. Papers that address issues in teacher education and interdisciplinary aspects of research are also welcome. We are especially interested to offer opportunities to teacher researchers, Masters and PhD students. Papers will be grouped into sessions with three or four papers that have some common theme or topic.

Each proposals should provide:

  • title, up to 25 words
  • 250 word abstract [excluding references]
  • 5 key words.

Deadline for proposals is: Wednesday 30 May 2018
Decisions confirmed: Wednesday 6 June 2018

For informal discussion about proposals and advice please email Andy Goodwyn.

Draft programme

09:30 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Welcome and introductions
Andy Goodwyn, University of Bedfordshire
10:15 Literacy in Teacher Education: It’s the Context, Stupid
Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia
11:00 Refreshments
11.15 Parallel papers I
Keynote by Linda Price, University of Bedfordshire
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Parallel papers II Climate change interactive workshop
14:30 Refreshments
14:45 Joint Keynote
Larissa Mclean Davies, University of Melbourne
Wayne Sawyer, University of Sydney
15:30 Panel discussion by keynote presenters
15.55 Completion of evaluation forms
16.00 End of conference


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

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.

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