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Teachers Matter – but How? An international conference on didactics, pedagogy, and classroom research

October 13-15, 2021: a research conference arranged at Linnaeus University in Växjö. The conference will start with lunch on Wednesday October 13th, and end with lunch on Friday, October 15th.

We primarily plan for an onsite conference in Växjö - with the opportunity also to participate online for those who have difficulties to be onsite (a hybrid conference). The prerequisite is that society has opened up by then and we can meet without risk for infection. However, if the onsite option proves to be impossible in early autumn, the format of the conference will change from onsite to online conference only. Thus, we plan for a hybrid conference from the start to be able to follow the course of events through the following next months.  

The theme of this research conference is new ways of exploring teaching and learning activities in diverse forms of teaching groups. The key interest is how to gain new knowledge about the teaching conditions in preschool, school, and university, promoting quality in the teaching process: With what fundamental concepts and from what perspectives can we increase our knowledge? The overriding theme is how we can understand the core questions of pedagogy and Didaktik today. What are the prospects of going beyond the gap between the German-language concept of ‘Didaktik’ and the English-language term ‘pedagogy’ or the divergence between curriculum and pedagogy? What do pedagogy and Didaktik have to offer in relation to teaching understood as moral sensibility – in accordance with a philosophical suggestion of the meaning of teaching? And where is the research front within classroom research today?

The specific approach of this international research conference is to critically examine conditions for teaching and dimensions of teaching emphasized in the current policy and curriculum discourse from educational, philosophical, sociological, and moral perspectives by focusing on theoretical concepts in terms of education, Didaktik, pedagogy, democracy, and equity. We welcome researchers to address topics within the framework of the conference theme in parallel paper presentations.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: March 15 – May 15, 2021
  • Notice of acceptance of abstracts will be given latest June 1, 2021
  • Registration: August 1 – September 15, 2021(When register, you decide if you would like to participate on site or online.)

Second announcement (printable pdf)


The conference is being organised by the research group Studies in Curriculum, Teaching and Evaluation (SITE) together with the knowledge environment Educational Change, at the Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Organization committee: Ulrika Bossér, Bettina Vogt, Ninni Wahlström

Reference group: The research group The Elusive Gap (classroom research)


The conference is financially supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Linnaeus University.

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