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ULearn15 Research Strand

The full ULearn15 conference programme, including Research Strand, is now available to view. Registered ULearn15 delegates can now book their selected Research Strand presentations online.*

* Note: You will need to have paid your registration to be able to book breakouts.

Research Strand sessions are 25 minutes' duration.

In partnership with:

The University of Waikato
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research logo

Research Strand overview

ULearn’s dedicated peer-reviewed/research strand focuses on presenting the results of rigorous research and inquiry centred on some aspect of transforming teaching and learning. It is where what is often seen as the lofty and sometimes abstract world of educational research and inquiry meets the pragmatics of classroom practice.

We encourage teachers to present and share practice-based research, and/or outcomes based on whole school and wider community based research. Peer reviewed Research Strand presentations are fully integrated into the conference programme and can be booked as part as part of delegates' personal selection process. This is where teachers can specifically feed their heads with practice-based research, because educators across all sectors showcase robust investigations and inquiries into an aspect of educational practice.

In the past, teachers have showcased investigating their own practice via teaching as inquiry as the research method; educators reporting on thesis findings; academics investigating the use of a particular digital tool in a specific classroom setting; teacher educators using digital technologies in an initial teacher education context; an academic team’s (TLRI = Teaching, Learning Research Initiative) investigation into an aspect of early childhood education; or an examination of Pasifika education in a primary school.

The Peer-reviewed/Research Strand raises the profile of educators as practitioner researchers across all sectors, from early childhood to tertiary.

Peer review is an anonymous process of reviewing submitted abstracts in order to uphold the processes of academic rigour. You are welcome to submit a full article for publication in the Waikato Journal of Education.  

Call for Papers

Presenting in the ULearn Research Strand is a unique opportunity to use your robust research and inquiry to transform teaching and learning on the ground. The focus is about using research results or inquiry findings to provide clear and concrete pointers to transform teaching and learning practice.

Presenting in the research strand is most likely to suit people engaged in:

  • post-graduate thesis study and/or
  • robust teacher inquiry and/or
  • educating teachers (pre- and in-service) and/or
  • formal research settings.

The guidelines for submission are:

  1. A succinct title: should include keywords that reflect the content
  2. Abstract: should contain the following kinds of information:
  • A clear statement of the topic of your presentation/paper and your research question. This identifies the focus, clarifies the area of interest, and describes what will be addressed.
  • An brief outline of the educational background and context to your topic.
  • How your inquiry/research was undertaken. For example, is it empirical or theoretical? Is it quantitative or qualitative? Perhaps it follows the critical research method, etc.
  • The key literature/research informed the research/inquiry.
  • A brief outline of the methodology of the inquiry/research. How was the data produced and analysed?
  • One or two key findings outlined
  • State three pragmatic ways this paper/presentation can concretely be used by educators to transform teaching and learning. This contributes the “what’s my purpose?” question - The value of your findings and to whom will they be of use.

The Call for Papers is now closed.
Call for Abstracst opened: Thursday 5 March 2015
Call for Abstracts closed : Thursday 28 May 2015

If you would like to be considered for publication, a full paper for review (up to 8 pages or a maximum of 5000 words including references) is due in July 2015. Date to be confirmed.


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