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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.

(The conference is postponed to 2021 due to the covid-19.)

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.

Important dates

Paper submittal: March 15, 2020 - May 15, 2021

Notice of acceptance of abstracts: June 1, 2021

Teachers Matter - Second Announcement.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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