October 14-16, 2020: a research conference arranged at Linnaeus University in Växjö. The conference will start with lunch on Wednesday October 14th, and end with lunch on Friday, October 16th.
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? What methodologies, based on what theoretical traditions, have the potential to break new ground in research on understanding teaching and learning? How can we contribute to discussions on today's teaching with its focus on performance without lapsing into instrumentalism?
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 have pedagogy and Didaktik 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 in 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 philosophical, sociological, and moral perspectives by focusing on theoretical concepts in terms of Didaktik, pedagogy, democracy, and equity.
We welcome senior researchers and PhD students from European countries and beyond to address topics within the framework of the conference theme from various perspectives of educational research.
- Abstract submission: March 15 – May 15, 2020
- Notice of acceptance of abstracts will be given latest June 1, 2020
- Registration: August 1 – October 1, 2020
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.
Programme Teachers Matter
Wednesday, October 14
13.15-15.15 Keynote lecture
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-17.00 Paper sessions
17.10-18.10 Keynote lecture
Thursday, October 15
09.00-10.30 Paper sessions
10.30-10.50 Coffee break
10.50-11.50 Keynote lecture
13.00-14.30 Paper sessions
14.30-14.50 Coffee break
14.50-15.50 Keynote lecture
15.50-17.20 Paper sessions
19.00 Conference dinner
Friday, October 16
09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture
10.00-10.20 Coffee break
10.20-11.50 Paper sessions
Professor Barbara Comber, University of South Australia:
Classroom participation - Teachers’ work as listeners
One of the hardest aspects of teachers’ work, and perhaps one of the most under-rated is listening, really listening. This presentation will examine teachers’ work as part of the everyday life of classrooms, schools and communities, as curriculum design and lastly as an oevre which is assembled over time. In particular, I highlight the contributions of teacher researchers who take students and their worlds seriously and help them assemble repertoires of complex communication practices for representation, participation and taking action. Listening to students and their wider communities underpins their critical engagement and creative curriculum designs. I illustrate both the potential of this intense listening and also what can go wrong for students in its absence.
Professor Anna Sfard, University of Haifa:
The devil in details: Teaching as managing inter-discursive gaps
Once teaching-learning events are conceptualized as inter-discursive encounters, it becomes clear that classroom talk is rife with invisible pitfalls. There are many types of unacknowledged discursive gaps, some of them necessary for learning, and some potentially harmful. Such gaps may exist also between the teacher’s intentions and her own habitual moves, most of which are too brief and automatic to be controlled. Unknown to the teacher, her basic communicational routines may constitute invisible crevices through which the prejudice enters the conversation. In this talk, it will be argued that if devil is in the finest detail of classroom communication, it is the detail that must be considered in the attempts to exorcise the devil. The talk will begin with illustrations of these claims and will conclude with a reflection on how teachers may sensitize themselves to discursive pitfalls, how they and their students can benefit from those communicational gaps that are likely to generate learning, and how they can cope with those divides that hinder the process or infect it with unwanted messages.
Professor Kirsti Klette, Oslo University:
Teaching Matters - towards a common language for teaching? How research on curriculum and instruction contribute to a shared vision of teaching and possible improvement of schooling
More than forty years ago, Dan Lortie famously lamented the lack of a common language with which to describe teaching. In this talk, Dr. Klette will explore the use classroom of video classroom research and observation protocols as a tool to develop common language and professional vision around teaching and to improve instruction
Professor Katherine Schultz, University of Colorado Boulder:
The role of listening and silence in classroom participation
This talk will address the ways that teachers can use listening and silence to shift understandings of classroom participation. To build a pedagogy that is respectful and engages students in learning, I suggest that teachers listen deeply to students, locating the knowledge they gain about the students at the center of teaching. Listening to silence in classrooms involves listening to what is said between and beyond words through a stance of questioning and not knowing. Listening for, inquiring into, and honoring silence might lead to louder, more dynamic and engaged classrooms that have moments of stillness when students pause for reflection. Most important, inquiry into classroom silence and participation might lead to classrooms where equitable participation is defined as broadly as possible.
Professor Stefan Hopmann, Vienna University:
Didaktik and Democracy
It is one of the most commonly held beliefs among educators that what teachers teach shapes society. Yet, how does this happen, to what degree and in which areas? If you believe what most of the currently available empirical research tells you, then this is about the contribution of teaching to academic achievement, i.e. the social distribution of school knowledge and/or the competencies which are said to be connected to this. Based on more than thirty years of historical and comparative research, I would like to argue that this is a complete and utter misunderstanding of what teaching in schools should be about and what it is able to do. For me, this is more than an academic question of which theories we prefer or which data we believe in. This is a fundamental matter of if and how democracy can have a future in our societies.
We welcome all proposals for paper presentations or symposia that contribute to the theme of theoretical, methodological or conceptual aspects of pedagogy and/or Didaktik. We also welcome empirically based classroom studies, contributing with new knowledge on teaching conditions and teaching content.
3-4 paper presentations will be scheduled for each session (90 minutes). Proposals for paper presentation should be uploaded as individual files with up to 500 words (excluding references), comprising information about:
- Name and affiliation
- Title of the paper
- Research topic/aim
- Theoretical framework
- Methodology/research design
- Expected conclusions/findings
A symposium should include 3-4 paper presentations. Each symposia will be scheduled for 90 minutes. Proposals for symposium presentation should include up to 800 words (excluding references), comprising information about:
- Name and affiliation of the organizer of the symposium
- Title of the symposium
- Research topic/aim and theoretical framework of the symposium
- A short abstract for each presentation, including title, name of the presenter, topic, connection to the overarching theoretical framework and method
- Name of the discussant
Proposals should be written in English.
Abstract submission: March 15 – May 15, 2020. Send in your abstract here.
Notice of acceptance of abstracts will be provided by June 1, 2020.
The registration will open in August 2020.
Note that the number of participants is limited.
To reach Växjö
There are many ways to travel to Växjö. You find useful travelinformation on this website: Vaxjoco.se/resa/
To reach campus in Växjö
Linnaeus University is located about 2.5 kilometers south of the city center.
Bus to campus
The best way to reach campus is to take bus number 3 heading towards "Universitetet". Our recommendation is to buy a "Visitor's ticket". With this, you can travel all over Växjö city and you can choose between a ticket valid for either 24 or 72 hours. The ticket can be purchased on board the bus or at the customer center (Växjö resecentrum) at Växjö railway station. If you want to pay on the bus we suggest you use your credit card. If you pay with cash there is an extra fee. The price varies between SEK 67 and SEK 144 depending on whether you choose 24 hours or 72 or hours and your age. More information on Lanstrafikenkron.se/en
Many of the hotels offer bicycles if you prefer that. It takes about 20 minutes by bike from the city centre to Linnaeus University.
Map of Campus in Växjö
On this page "Map with buildings and rooms" you find a map of campus in Växjö
We have pre-booked rooms at the following hotels. Please call or email your booking with booking code “TM2020” and you will receive our special price for the conference. NOTE: The pre-booked rooms cannot be booked through the hotel's own website or other booking sites. All prices below are exclusive of VAT.
Elite Stadshotellet Växjö
(single room from 1038 SEK per night)
Kungsgatan 6, Box 198
352 33 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call +46 (0)470 – 134 00
(single room from 866 SEK per night)
351 96 VÄXJÖ
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Or call +46 (0)470 – 34 89 80
PM & Vänner Hotel
(single room from 1341 SEK per night)
352 31 VÄXJÖ
You can book by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call +46 (0)470 – 75 97 00