IPDA conference

IPDA currently has more than 200 members across 17 countries.

Our aims are:

  • to support, develop and promote good professional development practice;
  • to provide a forum and promote networks of individuals concerned with professional development in education and training;
  • to gather and disseminate information on all aspects of professional development in education and training to our members;
  • to monitor and evaluate policy and practice developments;
  • to liaise with other education and training groups both national and international;
  • to give  advice to aid the development of effective policy and practice

The Association was founded in 1968 as the in-service section of what was then the Association of Teachers in Colleges and Departments of Education (see history of IPDA). IPDA has encouraged the growth of regional and national associations, IPDA Cymru, IPDA India, IPDA Scotland and IPDA England. Regional and National Associations have their own elected committees with the chairs of those committees represented on the IPDA international committee. There are on-going discussions with colleagues in Europe and overseas for further regional and national associations to be launched, illustrating that IPDA is both a truly UK wide and fully international organisation. Individual members of IPDA are engaged in professional learning and development in all phases of education and training and in a wide variety of work locations. Members are united in their desire to enhance the quality and effectiveness of Professional Development. The Association publishes a regular Bulletin available to members on line.

The annual international conference is the main event where members from across the association come together. IPDA draws strength from the diversity of its membership and is rightly proud of the international reputation of IPDA’s journal ‘Professional Development in Education’ (previously named ‘Journal of In-Service Education’), published by Routledge five time a year and which is one of the IPDA membership benefits. The journal is an important part of the academic contribution that IPDA makes to professional learning and has a wide international community of readers and contributors.

Every year, a number of prizes are awarded by IPDA for outstanding contributions to professional development. The prize winners are invited to the annual international conference where the presentations take place. All IPDA members are eligible to nominate students who, in their judgement, are making an outstanding contribution to the professional development of others, for the IPDA prize, or to nominate members of at least five years standing who have attained eminence in the field of professional development or of significant service to the field of professional development of educators whether it be through their research, teaching, coordinating or management contribution or service to IPDA for an IPDA fellowship. Up to two IPDA research scholarships are awarded each year as well.

Each year IPDA’s journal ‘Professional Development in Education’ gives a PDiE Best Article Award and PDiE Best Paper Award at conference awards for the IPDA Annual Conference and number of other conferences.