IPDA Bulletin December 2017

In this December bulletin we bring you information about:

  • Report on the 2017 conference
  • Save the date for our 2018 conference
  • Membership benefits
  • Advert for new International Committee member
  • IPDA Fellow 2017
  • IPDA 2017 prize winner
  • PDiE Best Article 2017 Prizewinner
  • Invitation to join bid for Newton Fund award

Remember IPDA is your organisation so if you have any ideas please do not hesitate to get in contact.

The international committee look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Report on the 2017 conference

On 24-25 November 2017 the IPDA International Conference 2017 ‘The Complexity of Professional and Inter-Professional Learning’ took place at The Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Three excellent keynote speakers challenged our thinking about the conditions needed to re-imagine professional learning, through considering a purpose-driven curriculum development project across Wales; exploring what it means to design and manage public policy in complex adaptive systems; and reflecting on a new model of collaborative professional learning providing a space for meaningful and effective inter-professional co-operation. Delegates presented a range of engaging papers and workshops addressing the conference theme. Feedback from delegates was very positive and the interactive nature of the conference once again proved to be a strength. Details of the keynote speakers can be found on the 2017 conference web page.

Save the date for our 2018 conference

We are delighted to announce that our IPDA Conference in 2018 will be at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November. Save the dates. Remember our conference fee includes accommodation, all meals and refreshments, conference dinner, as well as the conference itself, so it is a real bargain. FULL Conference fee, or attendance at both Friday and Saturday as a day delegate, entitles you to IPDA membership for the coming year. More details to follow.

Membership benefits

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Online IPDA Member Portal. Please visit the portal to set up your account and add your professional information to the member directory. This new area of our website gives you access to several features including:

  • Full online access to the following journals made available by Routledge, Taylor Francis exclusively for IPDA members:
    • Professional Development in Education
    • Globalisation, Societies and Education
    • International Journal of Lifelong Education
    • Journal of Education for Teaching
    • Critical Studies in Education
    • International Journal of Training Research
    • Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies
  • Member notifications and updates.
  • A member directory for contacting and collaborating with fellow IPDA members.
  • Minutes and documents from IPDA committee meetings and AGMs.

Advert for a new International Committee member 

If you would like to stand on the IPDA International Committee to work together to support high quality professional learning and development internationally, we currently have one vacancy for a three year term from 2018-2020. You need to find an IPDA member to nominate you and to second your nomination. If you would like to nominate someone, please ask them before sending the nomination form. Elected committee members serve for three years. Any ordinary member of IPDA is eligible for election as a member of the International Committee. Click here to download the nomination form. Please send completed nomination forms to secretary@ipda.org.uk by Friday 12 January 2018.

IPDA Fellow 2017

We are delighted that Dr Roger Levy, University of Hertfordshire, has been awarded the IPDA fellowship, acknowledging his long service on the International Committee including holding the offices of Vice Chair and Chair, and co-leading the very successful International Conference committee since 2007. Roger collected his well-deserved award at the 2017 Conference Dinner in Wales.

IPDA 2017 Prize winner

The IPDA prize is not only a recognition of high quality work and impact in the area of professional development and education, it is also a stepping stone to deeper development through the IPDA network, journal, regional events and conference. This year it has been awarded to Dr Sacha Mason, Bishop Grosseteste University for her PhD thesis ‘Capturing the Struggle: Understanding the metacognitive strategies for academic writing of mature, work-based learners at University.’ Congratulations, Sacha!

We are very grateful to Dr Coleen Jackson, our current Chair, for her generous gift to fund the IPDA prize for the next 3 years. Please consider if you, or someone in your own institution or where you are external examiner, might be eligible for the IPDA prize next year. More information and proposal form can be found at the IPDA prize web page.

PDiE Best Article 2017 Prize winner

The Professional Development in Education Editorial Board has selected the article to be awarded the prize of PDiE Best Article 2017. Best Article Award is for the best article published in the current volume. This year the prize-winning article is: The missing link in teacher professional development: student presence. Vol 43.1. Authors: Jason Margolis, Rebecca Durbin, Anne Doring. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. Well done to you all!

Invitation to join bid for Newton Fund award

From: Öner Uslu
Email: oneruslu@gmail.com
Subject: Newton Fund

Dear Sir or Madam, We are two researchers planning to apply Newton Fund for a project in the cooperation with England and Turkey; the project will be about teachers’ professional development (PD) programs. We need partner/s who are studying at the universities in England to apply the fund. We are studying as professors at Ege University, which is located in the west part of Turkey in Izmir. Izmir is one of the most democratic and modern cities in Turkey, and people mostly live a secular lifestyle in this city. We have same experiences about teachers’ PD. We have been studying as instructors at teachers’ PD programs, instructing lectures at postgraduate level, giving academic guidance for some schools, writing academic publications, and studying thesis about PD for many years. As we are carrying out these aforementioned studies at Turkey, we want to perform some international studies with partners to enhance our experience. We have seen that your association has many studies about teachers’ PD. We can cooperate with your cooperation or any members of you who can be interested in this idea of Newton Fund. The projects main focus can be on PD models. Course model has been mostly used in Turkey for teachers’ PD activities, but it is known that the effects of teachers’ in-class activities are limited. Research findings are also limited about the effects of different PD models (peer observation, action research, individually guided staff development, etc.). So, international comparative studies are needed to examine the short and long-term effects of different PD models. Would you please ask your member if they are going to interested about this idea.

Assistant Prof. Dr. Öner Uslu (University Profile • Academia Profile), Curriculum and Instruction Division Ege University, İzmir, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Nilay T. Bümen, Curriculum and Instruction Division Ege University, İzmir, Turkey

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