2017 International Conference: The Complexity of Professional and Inter-professional Learning

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2017 International Conference: The Complexity of Professional and Inter-professional Learning

Building on last year’s theme the IPDA Annual International Conference, 24-25 November 2017, will explore ‘The Complexity of Professional and Inter-professional Learning’.

The conference will be held at The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan. This recognises the successful growth of IPDA Cymru (Wales).


Conference programme

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Keynote Speakers

Reimagining Professional Learning

Graham Donaldson

Professor Graham HC Donaldson, Independent Consultant/University of Glasgow

A former teacher, Graham Donaldson headed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) from 2002-10. He radically reformed the approach to inspection, combining external accountability with self-evaluation and capacity building. As chief professional advisor to Ministers on education, he has taken a leading role in a number of major reform programmes, including Scotland’s major reform of its curriculum. Following retirement from HMIE, his report ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’ (2011), made 50 recommendations about teacher education in Scotland which have all been accepted by the government and are the subject of an ongoing reform programme. He has also undertaken a review of the national curriculum in Wales and the 68 recommendations in his radical report, ‘Successful Futures’ (2015), have also been accepted in full and embodied in a major, long-term reform programme. Graham has worked as an international expert for OECD, participating in reviews of education in Australia, Portugal, Sweden and Japan. He is, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2009 and given the Robert Owen Award as an Inspirational Educator by the Scottish Government in September 2015. In addition to various forms of consultancy and continuing to act periodically as an international expert to OECD projects, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor in Glasgow University in 2011 and an advisor to the Minister for Education and Skills in Wales in 2015. Graham is also a member of the First Minister of Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisors (2016).

What can complexity do for UK education policy: a passing fad or helping to loosen the grip of centralised control?

Professor Robert Geyer

Professor Robert Geyer, Lancaster University

Professor Robert Geyer is a member of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the Associate Dean for Internationalisation and Engagement and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University. He has been working on applying complexity thinking to public policy for the past 18 years. His complexity and policy related books include: Handbook on Complexity and Policy (2015), Complexity and Public Policy (2010), Complexity, Science and Society (2007), Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster (2007), and Integrating UK and European Social Policy: The Complexity of Europeanisation (2005). He has published articles on complexity and international relations, health policy, education policy, drug policy, diabetes management, Europeanisation and political theory. He has also produced a small number of short youtube videos on complexity and UK policy.

‘Bridge over troubled water’: Rebuilding professional learning in landscapes of educational complexity

Professor Rachel Lofthouse

Professor Rachel Lofthouse, Leeds Beckett University

Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. Rachel has a specific interest in the link between practice development and professional learning for teachers and educators, based on innovative pedagogies and curriculum design and collaborative practices for coaching and mentoring.  Over eighteen years as a teacher educator and researcher (seventeen of which were at Newcastle University) she has worked with teachers at all stages of of their careers. She supports them in building their workplace expertise based on developing critical reflection and their ability to contribute to, and draw productively on, the evidence base for teaching and learning.

Why come to an IPDA Annual Conference?

Hazel Bryan
University of Gloucestershire

Manpreet Kaur
Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, India

Glenn Stone
University of Chichester

Dr Adrián Dacian
University of Žilina, Slovakia

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The Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY. See the hotel website for transport details.