Researching Schools

Bridging Research and Practice at Laboratory and University Schools
8 – 9 September 2022, Bielefeld (Germany)

In recent years, new laboratory and university schools have been founded throughout Europe. Despite their diversity, these schools have one thing in common: They all strive to connect research and practice to not only research school practice, but also to create researching schools.

The Researching Schools conference will be a forum for educators working at and researchers interested in laboratory and university schools from all over the world to share and discuss their work.

Time and venue

September 8th 2022 2 pm – September 9th 2022 at 5 pm

The conference will be held at two of Europe’s oldest laboratory and university schools: Laborschule Bielefeld and Oberstufen-Kolleg Bielefeld (Germany).

Dame Alison Peacock from The Chartered College of Teaching in London/UK will hold the keynote to initiate the conference theme “Bridging Research and Practise”

Elizabeth Morley is the Chair of the International Committee of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS). She is also principal emerita of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the University of Toronto, has served as IALS President, and as a visiting scholar at Kobe Shinwa University in Japan. In her keynote, Elizabeth will share her unique knowledge of laboratory schools around the world by giving an overview on the current lab school landscape.

Hella von Unger is Professor of Sociology at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, Germany. Her work focuses on qualitative and participatory methodologies, research ethics and the sociology of migration, health and diversity. Her keynote „Doing Participatory Research“ will focus on the benefits and challenges of participatory research practice with a special emphasis on the intricacies of power inequalities.

Other confirmed speakers will be:

  • James Biddulph (Headteacher of The University of Cambridge Primary School, United Kingdom)
  • Jana Chocholatá (Assistant professor at Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
  • Pascale Haag (Founder of the Lab School Network and Lab School Paris, France)
  • Richard Messina (Principal at Dr Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Lab School at the University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Annette Textor (Head of Laborschule Bielefeld’s Research Unit, Germany)
  • Monika Votava Mandelícková (Teacher and School Deputy at Labyrinth, laboratorní škola Brno, Czech Republic)
The Researching Schools conference is kindly funded by the European Commission.

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