The ‘Pedagogy, Education & Praxis’ Research Program
A collaborative international research community
- A developmental communityof established scholars + mid-career + early career and postdoctoral + doctoral researchers
- A cross-institutional research programwith key nodes in
- Charles Sturt University, Australia
- Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
- The Nordic Action Research Network, including the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Tromsø University (Norway), Åbo Akademi University, Finland
- Stockholm University
- Supported by formal bilateral agreements for research cooperation between participating universities
- A shared research agenda: ‘Praxis development throughout the teaching career’
- Theoretical studies of praxis and praxis development as they are understood in different intellectual, theoretical and cultural traditions
- Empirical studies informed by and informing the theoretical studies in areas including
- Initial teacher education, including the practicum and praxis development
- Teachers’ professional learning and development
- Education for all and inclusive education
- Cultural diversity and multiculturalism
Shared research questions
- What is educational praxis?
- How, in different national contexts, is good professional practice (praxis) being understood and experienced by teachers?
- How, in different national contexts, is good professional learning and professional development (praxis development) being understood and experienced by teachers?
- How, in different national contexts, are the changing cultural, social, political and material conditions for praxis and praxis development affecting the educational practices of teachers?
- What research approaches facilitate praxis and praxis development in different international contexts?
A matrix of national and cross-national writing and reflection
- Stephen Kemmis and Tracey Smith (eds.) (2008) Enabling Praxis: Challenges for Education. Rotterdam: Sense.
- Jan Ax and Petra Ponte (eds.) (2008) Critiquing Praxis: Conceptual and empirical trends in the teaching profession.Rotterdam: Sense.
- Karin Rönnerman, Eli Moksnes Furu and Petri Salo (eds.) (2008) Nurturing Praxis: Action research and school-university partnerships in a Nordic light. Rotterdam: Sense.
- Matts Mattsson with Birgitta Sandström and Inge Johansson (eds. 2008) Examining Praxis: Assessments and knowledge construction in teacher education. Rotterdam: Sense.
- In preparation: Pedagogy, Education and Praxis: A conversation of traditions
- Development and dissemination of our research and findings
- Holding research meetings of the international collaboration held in parallel with one or two international research conferences per year
- Presenting keynote speeches, symposia and papers at these conferences to invite discussion of our work
- Disseminating our findings to theorists and researchers through scholarly articles in peer-refereed journals
- Disseminating our findings to practitioners and policy-makers through professional practitioner research conferences, professional seminars, and professional development meetings, and by publications in professional journals
- International study schools for doctoral students and early career researchers
- Including doctoral schools held in
- Wagga Wagga, February, 2008
- Gothenburg, May, 2009
- Wagga Wagga, December, 2010
- Participants in these seminars
- meet and discuss the work of contemporary researchers on researching professional practice, praxis and praxis development,
- exchange ideas and reports about their own research,
- build international contacts and networks, and
- consider becoming part of a rising generation of researchers who will sustain and develop the ‘Pedagogy, Education and Praxis’ research program
- Developing and sustaining the program of parallel philosophical-empirical studies across national contexts, for example,
- ‘Leading and learning: Developing ecologies of practice’, a study of relationships between leadership, professional learning, teaching practice and students’ academic and social practices in different national contexts
- Funding, funding, funding, especially for
- travel and translation,
- to support doctoral students and doctoral schools, and
- for parallel philosophical-empirical projects
(outline of the ‘Pedagogy, Education & Praxis’ Research Program presented at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, October 2009)