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N.B. TLRP generic project work ended in September 2009. The below information is for reference only.

Welcome

TLRP was committed to sharing research findings worldwide and to international collaboration.
Since 2000, we have developed links with national education research programmes and related institutions, in diverse countries, that also wish to internationalise their research. The map illustrates our partnerships and also features organisations which share similar commitments. TLRP international endeavours have involved three types of collaboration:

TLRP welcomes further knowledge exchange activity. At present we are particularly interested in developing links with relevant parties in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

 

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  • International partnerships at programme level

TLRP has been involved in partnerships with a range of national and international bodies with an interest in educational research. Partnerships have been forged, in particular, with national research programmes in Finland and Norway. These programmes and other national organisations promoting educational research in the Netherlands, Sweden and France worked together to see how they might contribute to the developing European Educational Research Space. The six countries investigated issues around web-based knowledge-sharing; cooperative analyses of best practice; joint examination of common policy problems and opportunities; and new approaches to research training and dissemination. The European Educational Research Association (EERA) and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) were also included in those discussions and agreement was reached that one area that could prove particularly fruitful for further co-operation was workplace learning.  While collaboration has centred on it has not been confined to Europe. Links have been made and are developing with the OECD and national bodies that promote educational research in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
This strategic collaboration at programme level was partly facilitated through involvement in a number of European-funded projects. Involvement in the LEARNINGSPACE (Crossboundary European Scenarios on Learning - 2001 – 2003) project and subsequent programme collaboration was held up as an exemplar of the type of collaboration the European ERA-NET scheme was designed to facilitate, which in turn led to the collaboration of ESRC and other national social science research councils in funding comparative research in NORFACE.
Subsequently, TLRP was represented on the advisory committee of the European SINCERE project (2006 – 2008) that sought to establish stronger links between educational research in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia. The project aimed at enhancing dialogue, sharing and mutual exchange among educational researchers of the three regions so as to contribute to the internationalisation of the educational research agenda. TLRP has also contributed to a number of events for LEARNOVATION (2007 – 209), a consensus-building project aimed at refreshing the European lifelong learning agenda by aggregating interest of the major EU and national actors active in education and eLearning around a new shared vision of innovation in learning, that embeds ICT for learning as well as lifelong learning in a comprehensive and future-oriented perspective. TLRP was also involved in the development of a European partnership, funded as part of the European Lifelong Learning Programme, which is carrying out a project (2008 – 2010 co-ordinator Alan Brown) that is investigating the implications of the changing patterns of career development across Europe for continuing vocational training in the light of the Lisbon 2000 goals.
The cross-programme liaison has also stimulated major links for TLRP projects with projects in linked educational research programmes in Finland, the Netherlands and Norway, with more informal links to projects in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Australia and USA. Symposia, workshops and conferences have been held to facilitate international project to project interactions in order to facilitate mutual learning, with outcomes including publications, collaborative research design and exchange of information on methodology, data collection and data analysis. Additionally, we have had an important role in increasing networking among scholars in national and international organisations through our website links and through the announcement of international initiatives, such as conferences, seminars, fellowships and scholar exchange schemes, in our news and bulletins.

There are five main international initiatives at programme level: participation and collaboration with international organisations and associations, international publications, joint international work with BERA, participation in the creation of the World Education Research Association and outreach.

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    • Participation and Collaboration with International Organisations and Associations

TLRP has collaborated and communicated in a number of ways with diverse international bodies and associations with an interest in educational research. This engagement has been in both collaborative partnerships and in dissemination activities, such as seminars, keynote presentations and symposia. TLRP has collaborated with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for several years.

In June 2007, TLRP Director Andrew Pollard visited the Hague to deliver a keynote lecture at the invitation of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The event was part of the Dutch contribution to OECD's schooling for tomorrow project and was chaired by Lisbeth van Welie, Director of Evidence-Based Policy Making.

A book entitled Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy was published by the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) features a chapter on TLRP by Director Professor Andrew Pollard. Thematic Seminar Series leader David Gough also has a chapter in the volume.

Also, Professor Pollard was a member of the CERI OECD team which conducted a 2006 external assessment of educational research in Switzerland.

TLRP has also participated in OECD conferences with keynote presentations, and workshops. In 2006, for example, Representatives of 19 countries and the European Commission attended a conference in London jointly organised by OECD, CERI, TLRP and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Entitled Implementation, Scaling Up, and Sustainability Continuing Discussion on Evidence-Based Policy Research in Education. The conference was the fourth and final in a series of meetings on the same subject.

TLRP also collaborated with the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), particularly in relation to co-operation on workplace learning.

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    • International Printed and Online Publications

     

TLRP special issues have been published in several journals that reach international audiences. Another international dissemination strategy involves the upload of resources to the web, making them internationally available. Among these downloadable resources are the house publications, such as the Research Briefings, the Commentaries and the Principles into Practice Videos, among others. Additionally, resources such as the Themes, the Capacity building resources and the papers, both published and gray literature present in DSpace (and through it also present in ESRC Society Today, Intute and the British Education Index) do not only have a national impact, but they reach a broader English speaking audience. The flipside of the international character of our publications is that they are framed in an international context with links to TLRP research with that undertaken in a range of partner institutions all over the world.

The process of 'making the most of it' in relation to the use of electronic resources for national and international dissemination became for TLRP a learning process. It implied updating the news on a regular basis, featuring the achievements and recognising the contributions. All these elements were important in the construction of a solid presence of the TLRP worldwide.

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    • Joint international work with BERA

TLRP has joined efforts with very in diverse aspects, including international collaboration. For example at AERA in the US and at AACC in Australia.

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    • Participation in the creation of the World Education Research Association (WERA)

TLRP provided a portal for a collaborative initiative exploring the formation of an international organisation for education research associations.  Initial discussions took place during 2007 in Chicago and London, and continued at AERA in New York and APERA in Singapore, 2008, and AERA in San Diego, 2009.

These meetings lead to the creation of WERA, by establishing the mission and vision of the collaborative work, and by producing a constitution. WERA’s inaugural meeting was held in Vienna at ECER in September 2009. Participating associations are featured on these pages and can be accessed using the map or by scrolling.

TLRP also provided a virtual research environment, 'Associating Associations', to facilitate the emerging international network.  Using SAKAI technology, the VRE enabled researchers based in different parts of the world to communicate flexibly and cost-effectively. Additionally, the VRE constituted a repository of the working materials produced during all along the creation process.

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    • Outreach

TLRP has actively looked for extending communication and collaboration outside national borders in order to disseminate research findings and facilitate communication with diverse organisations. With this aim, the TLRP has engaged in mail-out campaigns for their publications, and has established electronic mutual referencing with diverse institutions around the world.

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  • Projects international communication and co-operation

Many TLRP projects engage with international research at a number of levels: from the design of the methodology through to the interpretation of findings. The project with the most explicit international dimension was the TLRP Associate Project that examined the skill strategies of large companies across seven countries – UK, China, India, Germany, Singapore, South Korea, & the United States. Other initiatives included publications, for example with Brazil and the availability of funds for researchers who wished to engage in research activities abroad.

The major links for TLRP projects have continued with projects in linked educational research programmes in Finland, the Netherlands and Norway, with more informal links to projects in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Australia and USA. Symposia, workshops and conferences have been held to facilitate project to project interactions in order to facilitate mutual learning, with outcomes including publications, collaborative research design and exchange of information on methodology, data collection and data analysis.

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Participation in international events: Conferences, symposia and workshops

TLRP researchers have participated in a wide range of open and specially arranged international conferences, symposia and workshops. At many of these events TLRP has a collective presence as well drawing on the contributions of individual researchers. Roughly speaking TLRP project researchers have had over 2000 participations in these kinds of events.

Due to the amount and variety of the international presence of the projects, this webpage only includes the international initiatives organised at Programme level or coordinated with the Programme. For example, in 2009, TLRP Associate Director for Workplace Learning, Alan Brown, organised a TLRP Symposium at the University of Warwick on 'Careers & Learning: High Skills Development in a Life Course Perspective', with the participation of scholars from the UK, Australia and South Africa.

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International and Worldwide Associations (multiple-country organisations)

 

TLRP has liaised with a number of regional associations around the world, to promote educational research, as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world. This has been broadly stressed throughout the life of TLRP as a key strategy for the construction of the education of the future.

The following list presents some of the multiple-country organisations with which we have liaised:
Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) is one of the multiple-country research organizations which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP contributed to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

Alan Smith and Alison Montgomery presented papers at APERA annual meeting at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in November 2006. Their papers reported on the TLRP findings from interviews with initial teacher education students and the preparation of teachers for citizenship education.

BERADA represents a network of local and regional indigenous researchers and research associations in West Africa. Established in 1988, BERADA is a national research association (non­governmental organization) recognized by the government of Mali whose purpose is to conduct educational research that supports social, cultural, and economic development in Africa. The association can be contacted at Songhoy@yahoo.com
The European Association for Practitioner Research in Education (EAPRE) can be contacted at: goele.nickmans@ped.kuleuven.be

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is one of the regional research organizations which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison. The contact has continued throughout the life of the TLRP, with TRLP researchers having actively participated in their bi-annual conferences, but also in several other events and activities. For example, 2007, Director Andrew Pollard, and deputy director, Mary James, presented in Padua. Another example, in 2003, EARLI featured a four country symposium introducing the ways in which national research programs on learning have reacted to contemporary challenges to educational research in their countries. The countries featured were: UK, Norway, Netherlands and Finland. The session was chaired by Hannele Niemi, Scientific Director of the Learn Program from Helsinki and the discussant was Roger Säljö of the Committee for Educational Science, Swedish Research Council.

The European Educational Research Association (EERA)  is a European research organization with which TLRP engaged as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world. This Association hosts an annual conference the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) to which TLRP scholars have attended every year. For 2009 in the last days of existence of the TLRP generic phase, TLRP presented research results and mounted a display exhibiting and distributing their final outcomes. Every year, TLRP has actively participated at ECER, for example, in Ghent in 2007 TLRP researchers gave papers in 8 sessions, including three packed symposia (on Learning to Learn, the Learning Lives project, and the contribution of philosophy of education to policy deliberation); while in November 2004, Andrew Pollard argued that the future of educational research depends on finding new ways of managing the strengths of both ‘communities of scholars’ and ‘central planning’ by policymakers.

The European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) is another regional research organizations with which are TLRP has collaborated. The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) holds an annual conference in which TLRP 'Learning Lives' project, led by Professor Gert Biesta at the University of Exeter, took part in Denmark in March 2007. The conference looked at life history methods in adult education research, showcasing work from three European nations: Germany, Denmark and the UK.

The Latino American Perspectives in Education Organisation (LaPE) has established links with the TLRP in order to engage in conversations about TLRP work on the impact of research into practice. LaPE started as a postgraduate student organisation at the Institute of Education in London, and developed into a broader group of researchers in and outside the UK interested in educational research in the region.

TLRP Technology Enhanced Learning Phase is associated closely with developments of the European Network of Excellence that emerged out of the Kaleidoscope and ProLearn networks. TLRP TEL Director Richard Noss was a Kaleidoscope founder and Deputy Scientific Manager until 2006. Discussions took place about developing an arrangement to create synergies between the TeLearn archive and TLRP D-Space.

The Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA)  is another multiple-country research organizations with which TLRP collaborated, for example, Alan Brown participated in their annual conferences in Sweden and Iceland.

The Pedagogical and Educational Research Information Network For Europe (PERINE) was funded by the European Commission and provided an excellent example of the type of infrastructure needed for the exchange of knowledge beyond language barriers. TLRP strongly supports the concept.

The Reseau Ouest et Centre Africain de Recherche en Education (ROCARE) can be contacted at toure@rocare.org

The World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) is another regional research organization exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

The World Education Research Association is an association of associations in educational research and TLRP provided a portal for the collaborative initiative that lead to the creation of the World Education Research Association, an international organisation for education research associations.

The World Association for Educational Research (WAER) is a world association for educational researchers.

TLRP has liaised with a number of regional associations around the world, to promote educational research, as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world. This has been broadly stressed throughout the life of TLRP as a key strategy for the construction of the education of the future. More...

 

 

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EUROPE

While we have embarked on international work with countries around the world, our work with European countries has been broader, deeper and for a longer time, because of our geographical and historical closeness. Our work has comprised exchange and collaboration with most of the countries in Europe. There have also been discussions with a number of European institutions. For example, Alan Brown had discussions with representatives of the European Commission at two meetings in February 2008. The first meeting focused on the implications of the introduction of the European Qualifications Framework and the development of National Qualifications Frameworks for national and European skill development policies, while the second considered the implications of changes in patterns of career development for continuing vocational education and training. Additionally, in March 2008, Alan Brown attended a Learnovation project workshop in Brussels that considered the extent to which European education and training can support the development of creativity and innovation.

Austria

Details about the Austrian Society for Research and Development in Education (OEFEB) can be found on their website.

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Belgium

The Flemish Educational Research Forum (VFO) seeks to deepen liaison to promote educational research,

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Czech Republic

Details about the Czech Educational Research Association (CAPV) can be found on their website.

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Estonia

Details about The Estonian Educational Forum (EEF) can be found on their website.

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Finland

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the TLRP provided a synoptic plenary overview of the conference entitled 'Joy of Learning' that was organised by the innovative Cross-disciplinary Initiative for Collaborative Efforts of Research on Learning (CICERO). His presentation drew on the close relation between CICERO and TLRP in December 2008.

In November 2007, TLRP's work in education and neuroscience was taken up in Finland by a new international network on learning. CICERO, co-ordinated from the University of Helsinki, has specifically acknowledged 'the important and inspiring work of TLRP' which is 'guiding work in Finland'. The CICERO conference 'Lifelong Learning and the Brain' was addressed by Paul Howard-Jones and Sue Pickering of the University of Bristol and TLRP's neuroscience and education seminar series. In March 2007, representatives of the TLRP Thematic Seminar Series on Education and Neuroscience participated in a seminar with colleagues in Finland. See here for more details.

Professor Miriam David conducted a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) at the University of Helsinki, Department of Education, in September 2005. In September 2004, Professor Andrew Pollard participated in a panel in Helsinki. TLRP researchers presented at InterLEARN conferences in Finland from 2003.

Finland had a national educational research programme that is broadly complementary with TLRP. The Academy of Finland Life as Learning (LEARN) Research Programme started in 2002. The programme focused upon the reinterpretation of lifelong learning and the reinterpretation of work-related learning. Details about the Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) can be found on their website.

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France

On 14 May 2009 the French National Institute of Pedagogy held an international seminar entitled: ‘Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux temps éducatifs: nouveaux rôles pour les acteurs de l’éducation’ featuring an opening lecture by the TLRP TEL Associate Director, Professor Richard Noss. For more information: http://eductice.inrp.fr

The Institute National de Recherche Pédagogique (INRP) engaged with TLRP in a range of collaborative activities. INRP works in partnership with a wide range of organisations in order to contribute to the development of research in education on a national scale. INRP’s current research activity is particularly focused upon learning processes; changes in the education system; and the development of teaching knowledge and professionalism.

Details about the  Association des Enseignants et chercheurs en Sciences de l'Education  (AECSE) can be found on their website.

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Germany

In December 2008, experts from six countries met in Berlin on 12th and 13th December to consider international experience of large scale systemic education reforms and the case of Germany. Pam Sammons, Peter Tymms and Andrew Pollard represented the UK. Director Andrew Pollard cited the TLRP's 'Ten Principles' to illustrate the importance that understanding learning has for reforms in education systems.

In June and December 2008, Professor Miriam David visited Germany to participate in European Science Foundation, Higher Education and Social Change (ESF EUROHESC) events.

Alan Brown has engaged in extensive collaboration with colleagues from Germany, particularly from the universities of Bremen and Gottingen and the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB). He also gave a presentation on TLRP's support for Technology Enhanced Learning at Online Educa 12th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training.in Berlin 2006.

TLRP Director Andrew Pollard sits on the Academic Advisory Council for the Zentrum fur Schul- und Bildungsforschung (Centre for School and Educational Research) (ZSB)) based at the Martin Luther Universitat, Halle-Wittenburg.

TLRP recognizes the interests it shares with the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) for both research on the quality of national educational systems and the distribution of research knowledge. Eckhard Klieme has met with Andrew Pollard to discuss collaboration

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Italy

Over the years, contact has been established with a number of individuals and institutions in Italy, particularly in relation to work-related learning.

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Lithuania

Details about the Lithuanian Academic Educational Association (LERA) can be found on their website.

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Malta

Over the years, contact has been established with a number of individuals in Malta, particularly in relation to career development.

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Netherlands

Director Andrew Pollard had conversations with Anneke Boot from the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science in The Netherlands, at the OECD/Germany, in relation to TLRP strategies for working with users.

In November 2006, Associate Director Alan Brown presented a paper at a conference on the European Labour Market at the University of Maastricht on 'The relationship between work-related learning and higher education following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the European Qualifications Framework: is the focus upon levels, learning outcomes and qualifications making it more difficult for Europe to meet the Lisbon goals?’

The Programme Council for Educational Research (PROO) of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) supports educational research in areas such as educational learning processes and their yield; educational personnel and the pedagogic function of education. The PROO hopes such projects will contribute to the internationalisation of educational research. PROO has funded several projects with direct links to TLRP projects.

TLRP and PROO engaged in collaborative discussions on the processes of programming, research and the dissemination and implementation of research findings. In June 2007, TLRP Director, Andrew Pollard attended the workshop, Schooling for Tomorrow in The Hague where he discussed the issue of research outcome dissemination with Alfred Wald, PROO Information Officer. Details about the Netherlands Educational Research Association (NERA) can be found on their website.

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Norway

Professor Mary James, TLRP Research Fellow and former Associate Director, met with Professors at the University of Bergen to discuss insights and strategies from both TLRP and her own Learning How to Learn project that might help them frame their bid for a Norwegian Research Council grant within its new programme of research, in November 2008. More...

On 8th April 2008, Professor Mary James was in Oslo attending the final conference of the KUL (Knowledge, Education and Learning) Programme that was supported by the Norwegian Research Council from 2003 to 2008. Professor James gave a keynote on the findings of the TLRP schools projects, based around the ten principles, to almost 300 delegates who ranged from policymakers, advisers and school leaders to researchers across the Scandinavian countries. More...

In June 2006, TLRP Director Professor Andrew Pollard visited Norway to disseminate TLRP work and delivered a lecture in Oslo entitled "TLRP: a UK adventure in coordinated research for evidence-based policy and practice in education".

Norway had a national educational research programme that was broadly complementary with TLRP. The Norwegian Research Council Division for Culture and Society programme was on Knowledge, Education and Learning. The programme focused on research on learning in education, the labour market and society in general. One of the projects in the Norwegian programme (PROLEARN) was explicitly designed to mirror the approach of the TLRP Early Career Learning project and, as such, is an example of purposive bilateral co-operation. The PROLEARN project traced the early career development of nurses, teachers, accountants and engineers. Professor Alan Brown, TLRP associate director, participated in a number of programme events and was involved in discussions with the Norwegian Research Council in 2008 about the future direction of educational research programmes in Norway in the light of TLRP’s experience.

In June 2006 Professor Andrew Pollard visited Oslo to deliver a conference keynote speech entitled "TLRP: a UK adventure in coordinated research for evidence-based policy and practice in education”. 

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Portugal

Nuno Araújo, (PhD student in the University of Coimbra’s Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences in Portugal), leads Project APAA (Assessment for Learning) which utilises TLRP’s LHTL project findings on assessment for learning to examine their effect on student achievement and teacher practice in a Brazilian context. The project will run over the course of four years and is structured by five main components including, Theories of Assessment for Learning; A Taxonomical Revision; The Practice; A Model for Instructional Innovation; An Empirical Study. It is hoped that the project’s conclusions will lead to the application of assessment for learning principles to improve teaching and learning in Brazil and Portugal.

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Republic of Ireland

Professor Andrew Pollard, TLRP Director, visited Dublin and Dundalk in 2006.

The Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) is one of the national research organizations which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP contributed to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

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Slovakia

Details about the Slovak Educational (research) Society (SERS) can be found on their website.

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Spain

In August 2008, Professor Mary James was invited to talk to an audience of teachers, academics and administrators from across Spain on her TLRP project 'Learning How to Learn', in a Seminar organised by the Government of Cantabria, entitled 'Policy and practice of educational evaluation of learning'. More...

During the 2007/8, Professor Angel Pérez Gómez was a Visiting Fellow at the TLRP, working with Professor Mary James.

TLRP Associate Director Miriam David visit the University of Jaen in Southern Spain where she will present to a conference on the subject of equal opportunity and social class in contemporary educational systems, in May 2007

In November 2006, Associate Director Alan Brown presented at the Fourth European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop on Research into Online Distance Education and E-learning: Making the difference on 'Ideas from the United Kingdom on Research and Development to Utilise the Innovation Potential of Information and Communication Technologies in order to Enhance Learning'.

Details about the The Asociación Interuniversitaria de Investigación Pedagógica (AIDIPE) can be found on their website.

Details about the Sociedad Española de Pedagogía can be found on their website.

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Sweden

In October 2008 Mary James gave a keynote at Karlstad University in Sweden. The presentation focussed on TLRP and its ten evidence informed principles for effective teaching and learning.

The Swedish Government set up the Committee for Educational Science (CES) as a special expert body of the Swedish Research Council with a focus on research on learning, knowledge formation, education and teaching. Alan Brown visited Stockholm in 2003 to talk about internationalising educational research with CES members. In December 2006 a delegation of 16 researchers and policy-makers from CES visited TLRP in London on a fact finding trip to hear about TLRP.

John Brennan, leader of the 'Social and organisational mediation of university learning' project' (SOMUL) chaired a conference of the European Science Foundation (ESF) in September 2007 in Sweden. Full information.

In October 2006 Andrew Pollard delivered a keynote speech on TLRP to the Swedish Research Council's Educational Sciences Annual conference

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Switzerland

Professor Andrew Pollard, TLRP Director, served on an OECD panel of assessors in reviewing the quality of educational research in Switzerland.

The Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) is a national research organization that is also exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

Andrew Pollard was a member of the CERI OECD team which conducted a 2006 external assessment of educational research in Switzerland. The report had a formative influence in the UK's Strategic Forum for Research in Education.

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AFRICA

In Africa, TLRP has established links with multiple country and regional organisations, like the Bureau d'Etudes et Recherches Appliquees en Afrique (BERADA) or Association for Applied Research in Africa, and The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa, where a relationship has developed for some years.

Mali (multiple country organisation)

BERADA represents a network of local and regional indigenous researchers and research associations in West Africa. Established in 1988, BERADA is a national research association (non­governmental organization) recognized by the government of Mali whose purpose is to conduct educational research that supports social, cultural, and economic development in Africa that includes:

Askya Mohammed Center for Education and Research (Gao, Mali)

Association pour le Developpement de l'Art et de la Culture Songhoy (Association for the Development of Songhoy Art and Culture) includes affiliated researchers and research associations in more than 10 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Togo, as well as Saudi Arabia)

Association pour le Developpement Sahelo-Sahelien (Sahel and Sahara Development Association - a regional educational and research organization for economic and social development in West Africa Bamako, Mali)

BERADA can be contacted via Hassimi O. Maiga, PhD, founding President & Director of Research (songhoy@yahoo.com)

Details about the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) can be found on their website.

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South Africa

In July 2008, Professor Mary James of the TLRP Directors Team presented a keynote at a conference on evaluation and assessment. run by the Association for the Study of Evaluation and Assessment in Southern Africa (ASEASA) at the University of Pretoria.

TLRP Director, Andrew Pollard met with the Executive Director of HSRC Education, Science and Skills Development research programme (ESSD), Vijay Reddy, in London in December 2007 to discuss educational developments in South Africa and the possibilities for further collaborative efforts between TLRP and HSRC. TLRP Associate Director, Alan Brown also met with Vijay to discuss research developments on work-based learning.

In December 2007, a number of TLRP projects presented symposia at the Fifth Researching Work and Learning Conference in Stellenbosch. In addition, Alan Brown made a presentation at a symposium organised by the South African Qualifications Authority at the same conference.

Professor John Gardner, member of the TLRP Steering Committee and CPAL project team, presented the keynote lecture ASEASA conference in July 2006.

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa supports development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Africa. The ESSD conducts research in the social domains of education, the world of work and science and innovation studies.

The programme examines the role of education and skills development in fulfilling national knowledge and skills requirements in a competitive global system. The research scope spans the lifecourse, from early childhood development to higher education and the world of work. Four broad fields of enquiry are examined in the programme’s work, including:

  • Education and work: Pathways from school to institutions of further and higher learning and to the world of work.
  • Education and school improvement: Critical issues in curriculum, assessment and teacher development, particularly, mathematics and science, language and literacy.
  • Science studies: Development of human resources and research and development (R&D) capability for a national system of innovation.
  • Educational research methodologies: Applying data analytic abilities in educational assessment, labour market statistics and education management information systems (EMIS).

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ASIA

In Asia, relationships have been established with countries in the far East, South Asia and Middle East.

China

TLRP Director, Andrew Pollard and Associate Director, Miriam David, together with Steve Buchanan of the ESRC, met with a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Education in July 2007. The delegation discussed the ongoing China-UK study of National Policy on HE management. They were particularly interested in TLRP as a strategic initiative in a research field and in the work of higher education projects on teaching, learning and widening participation.

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Hong Kong

In December 2008, Researcher Pete Dudley visited Hong Kong to attend the World Association of Lesson Studies conference. He also visited the Hong Kong Education Development Board to find out about the implementation of significant curriculum reforms in recent years – some of which are significantly influenced by British TLRP research into Assessment for Learning. Colleagues from Hong Kong made a return visit to England in 2009.

In March 2008, as part of a dissemination trip, former TLRP Deputy Director, Mary James travelled to Hong Kong. She had the opportunity to visit a school and to discuss feedback on lesson observation with curriculum development officers and school inspectors from HK's Education Bureau. She also gave a presentation on 'Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools - insights from TLRP' drawing on the survey that she and TLRP Director Andrew Pollard prepared for the Primary Review. Additionally Professor Mary James spoke with Hong Kong's new Deputy Secretary of Education for Curriculum, Quality and Examinations (Dr KK Chan) the new head of the Curriculum Development Institute (Dr KW Gheung), the Dean of the Education Faculty at Hong Kong University (Professor Shirley Grundy) and The Director of Education from the British Council in Hong Kong (Katerine Forester).

Professor Mary James participated in an International Colloquium hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, in April 2008. The event, co-organised by the TLRP, brought together educators and researchers from the UK, Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region to discuss the latest research from these areas. More information can be found here.

In January 2007, Deputy Director Mary James visited Hong Kong. The trip included lecturing to staff and students at Hong Kong University, giving seminars to teachers and working with Dr KK Chan, the Permanent Assistant Secretary for Curriculum Development, on mid-term review of the ten year programme of curricular reforms in Hong Kong. Mary was also able to meet with Raymond Wong, Permanent Secretary for Education in the HK Government. Her participation drew on her experiences both in the TLRP Project Learning How to Learn, and in her leading role in TLRP.


Professor Alan Smith of the A Values-based Approach to Teacher Education project, based at the University of Ulster, was a visiting scholar at Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in 2006.

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India

Professor Miriam David held an invitational inaugural presentation with the title Women, Diversity and the Global Academy in the 21st century at the Jubilee Conference on Women’s Education (JCWE-2008) Vision and Mission of Women’s Universities in a Global Society Banastahali University, Rajasthan, India, in November 2008. She offered a seminar presentation to staff and students in the Centre for Development and Women’s Studies at Birla Institute for Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India in November 2008.

Director Andrew Pollard visited Delhi as part of an ESRC delegation to support the opening of a new UK Research Councils office in Delhi, in the framework of a strategic initiative to increase scientific liaison between the two countries. Also the delegation visited Pune to promote UK-India institutional development for science education in HE. More...

Director Andrew Pollard was invited by ESRC to assist in the development of a ‘Science Bridge’ between the UK and India on Child Development and Education. This afforded a good opportunity for networking and exchange during 2008-10.

Dr Chris Hockings and Sandra Cooke of the Diversity and Difference project that forms part of the Widening Participation in Higher Education phase visited India on 26-28th March-. Chris and Sandra, from the universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham respectively, took part in a seminar entitled "Policy Dialogue: Widening Access and Social Inclusion in Higher Education" organised by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.

Dr Hockings said, "We have made many contacts with colleagues in Indian universities who are doing research in various aspects of Widening Participation in HE in India and with whom there is great potential for future collaborations".

Detailed report on the trip.

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Israel

In May 2007, Professor Miriam David was invited to present at the international conference of the Ort Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel Israel. The theme was on initiatives for promoting learning in higher education. Miriam gave a keynote on challenges of diversity for teaching and learning in higher education, using work from TLRP, especially the WP in HE projects. Miriam also provided a workshop for students and academic staff on Thinking about Pedagogies in Higher Education

TLRP Director Professor Andrew Pollard met with Dr Avital Darmon of The Initiative for Applied Education Research at The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, in February 2007. The aim of the visit was to discuss plans for a possible educational research programme along the lines of TLRP. The plans are being looked at in association with the Israel Ministry of Education and the Rothschild Foundation.

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Korea

In September 2008, Donald Christie, the leader of the ScotSPRinG project presented on behalf of Andrew Pollard, Director of the TLRP, at the International Seminar of the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) held in Seoul on 26 September 2008 to mark the 10th Anniversary of the organisation.

The international seminar on the general theme, “The Improvement of School Education in the 21st Century,” was attended by more than 100 key players in Korean education and included invited presentations from Australia, China, France, Japan, USA, and UK.

The Korean Society for the Study of Education (KSSE) is another national research organization which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

Singapore

In November 2009, Alan Brown gave a presentation at the Singapore Institute for Adult Learning International Symposium.

In June 2009, Alan Brown, Miriam David and Andrew Pollard participated in a Redesigning Pedagogy Conference.

Director Andrew Pollard visited Singapore in 2005 to present TLRP strategies in relation to user engagement and sustainability.

Professors David Hogan of the National Institute of Education in Singapore (NIE) and Ann Lieberman of Stanford University, USA, visited the TLRP in September 2008 to plan an International Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) is another national research organization which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

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AMERICAS

In the American Continent, TLRP has engaged in collaborative work with North and South America.

Argentina

Professor Alan Brown, TLRP Associate Director, travelled to Argentina in September 2008, and presented a paper on work-related learning, careers and identities at the Conference of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance.

Also in 2008, Professor Miriam David presented two seminars and participated in a colloquia in Argentina, organised by the Universidad de San Andrés and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 14th-15th. She also met the Planning Department and HE advisors at the Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires. More...

Brazil

In February 2009, Professors Terezinha Nunes and Peter Bryant produced with a Brazilian colleague, Tania Campos, a book in Portuguese entitled 'Introduction to Mathematics Education: Whole Numbers and Arithmetic Operations'. The book has been used in initial teacher education throughout Brazil and sold over 10,000 copies last year. A second volume has been commissioned, about children’s understanding of fractions and best approached to teaching. Profs Nunes and Bryant are travelling to Brazil to collect qualitative data with Brazilian children and teachers in São Paulo, which will be included in the second volume of 'Introduction to Mathematics Education: Fractions and Relations between Quantities'.

In 2008, Professor Miriam David participated in the conference Equality and Diversity: Researching Teaching and Learning in a symposium at the International Sociology of Education conference at Joao Pessoa, Brazil February 19th – 22nd. The symposium was entitled ‘In the shadow of neo-liberalism: 25 years of education reform initiatives’, and it is part of a major international project in 17 countries organized with participants form UCLA, USA and IPF, Argentina, among others. Professor David spoke about the TLRP’s HE projects especially on Widening Participation, as a major reform initiative in the UK. Also she offered a presentation for staff development at the University of São Paulo on February 26th. More...

Associação Brasiliera de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Educação (ANPED) is one of the groups of national research organizations which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research, TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

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Canada

In 2009, Professor Miriam David was invited as a guest presenter on an international panel discussion ‘The view from Abroad: Humanities and Social Sciences Research – A Value(able) Proposition', annual meeting of the General Assembly of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Her presentation featured the TLRP initiatives, such as the research briefings and commentaries, as an example of innovative approaches that impact policy and practice. During her visit to Canada, Professor David also met with the board of the CFHSS.

Richard Cox has been awarded with a Visiting Americas Fellowship by the US Social Science Research Council and the UK ESRC, in 2008. Dr Cox, a Reader in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex and Director of a TLRP Phase III project is networking with and collaborating with US colleagues working in the newly emerging area of 'educational data mining'. More...

In 2008, The Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning team has been asked to advise the Ontario Ministry of Education about ways to promote greater student participation and monitor its impact on achievement. More...

In July 2007, TLRP supported the invitation to integrate a new international network of research and policy exchange. This invitation was launched by Professor Ben Levin, Research Chair in Education Policy and Leadership at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

Many Canadian universities are now hosting research around teaching and learning, since the interests of many Canadian scholars also lie in understanding questions of educational quality, learning processes and pedagogical practices. Since TLRP also had has a stronger focus on teaching and learning outcomes through personalised learning, we wish to develop a broader basis for understanding by drawing on North American scholarship. This would enhance our current research profile and thematic development on social diversity and achievements in learning. Miriam David was a Visiting Fellow in the Spring of 2007, promoting and enhancing the analyses and disseminating the TLRP findings, specifically on the theme of Social Diversity in Teaching and Learning: new understandings about closing the achievement gaps across the life course. The North American emphasis has a complementary focus on achievement gaps primarily in relation to poverty and ethnicity/race and aspects of diversity through changing demographic patterns, migration and family forms.

The biggest Canadian research institute in education is The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) with two departments that do most of the work in this area, namely Sociology & Equity Studies and Theory and Policy Studies. Miriam visited OISE on the invitation of the Dean (Professor Jane Gaskell), to work with Professors Acker (SES) and Nina Bascia (TPS).

The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) is another national research organization interested in exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

Professor Alan Brown, TLRP Associate Director, attended an international conference on Applied Psychology in Vancouver in June 2005, and held discussions on issues associated with work-related learning and the labour market.

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Chile

In 2007/8 the Chilean Minister of Education met with TLRP Director, Andrew Pollard to discuss large scale research initiation at an OECD meeting in Berne.

On August 9th 2006 Professor Miriam David of the TLRP Directors' Team gave a talk about TLRP to a joint seminar between education and the sciences at the University of Santiago.

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Mexico

The Consejo Mexicano de Investigacion Educativa (COMIE) is one of the national research organizations which are exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research. TLRP contributed to tha process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.

The Mexican IX National Conference of Educational Research in 2007: the conference constituted one of the initiatives of the Mexican Council of Educational Research, comprised of 275 researchers from 61 higher education and research institutions in Mexico. The event, hosted by the Faculty of Education of the Autonomous University of Yucatan, with the support of the Yucatan State Government, brought together 2500 participants: researchers, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students from the whole country, and from the US, Canada and Spain. More on COMIE.

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USA

The relationship with the American Educational Research Association (AERA has developed through several years of collaboration, involving mainly the exchange of research findings. Researchers for diverse projects have attended every year to the Annual Meeting held by the American association.

In 2009, a symposium was held at AERA with the title Capacity Building Evaluations, Initiatives, and Obstacles Across the UK: Reflections from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, chaired by TLRP Director Professor Andrew Pollard, with the participation of researchers from different TLRP projects. Eva Baker, former Director of AERA, was invited as the discussant. Other symposia were part of the AERA programme in 2009, such as 'Learning in the Workplace: Final Findings From the UK Teaching and Learning Research Programme', chaired by Associate Director Alan Brown, and 'Innovations in Design and Methodology in Technology-Enhanced Learning Findings From the TLRP Technology Enhanced Learning Programme' chaired by the TLRP-TEL Director Richard Noss, as well as a number of participations by other TLRP project researchers.

Professors Ann Lieberman of Stanford University, USA, and David Hogan of the National Institute of Education in Singapore (NIE) visited the TLRP in September 2008 to plan an International Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Schools. In the same year, in March, Professor Miriam David visited Professor Norton Grubb, University of Berkeley.

Professor David spoke in a panel entitled ‘In the shadow of neo-liberalism: 25 years of education reform initiatives’, in March 2008. This was part of a major international project spanning 17 countries organized by Carlos Alberto Torres of UCLA, USA and Liliana Olmos (IPF, Argentina). Professor David spoke about the TLRP’s HE projects, especially on Widening Participation, as a major reform initiative in the UK.

In 2008, at the AERA Annual Meeting held in New York, numerous TLRP projects and members of the Directors Team presented TLRP outcomes to an audience from across the globe. Among TLRP contributions was a project symposium entitled Expanding and Converting Workplace Knowledge in a Context of Change.

Professor Miriam David was a Visiting Fellow in the Spring of 2007 promoting and enhancing the analyses and disseminating the findings of TLRP, specifically on the theme of Social Diversity in Teaching and Learning: new understandings about closing the achievement gaps across the life course. This enhanced TLRP's research profile and thematic development on social diversity and achievements in learning. Many US universities are now hosting research around teaching and learning, since the interests of many American scholars also lie in understanding questions of educational quality, learning processes and pedagogical practices.

Professor Judith Butler of University of California at Berkeley visited TLRP on 6th March 2007 to discuss questions of critical and feminist pedagogies within education, especially schools and higher education. More...

The North American emphasis has a complementary focus on achievement gaps primarily in relation to poverty and ethnicity/race and aspects of diversity through changing demographic patterns, migration and family forms. This is a major feature of the work of scholars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Faculty of Education University of Wisconsin-Madison. HGSE has many scholars researching issues of social diversity in teaching and learning, but Miriam worked particularly with Professor Wendy Luttrell, Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Associate Professor in Human Development and Education.

Dr Richard Cox, Director of the TLRP 'Vicarious learning' project was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in Summer 2007 under a collaborative scheme of the US Social Science Research Council and the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Full details

Many new international links were established and TLRP was well represented at AERA 2007 in Chicago. Almost 30 TLRP researchers associated with 17 projects and 8 thematic groups shared their work with 16,000 delegates to AERA conference on the ‘The World of Educational Quality’. The Directors Team also represented the Programme. More...

Miriam David visited North America on a fellowship funded by both the ESRC and the US’s Social Science Research Council in April 2007. The purpose of this visit was to disseminate findings from across the TLRP and to develop a comparative and conceptual framework for thinking about social diversity and difference as aspects of inequalities in teaching and learning in HE. More....

TLRP representatives joined forces with members of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) in a presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Francisco, in April 2006. Andrew Pollard, Mary James and Miriam David of the Directors Team were joined by Peter Blatchford, Gert Biesta and Andy Tolmie from TLRP projects. The session was chaired by Professor Geoff Whitty, President of BERA and Director of the Institute of Education, University of London. Please find more details in our bulletin here.

In the summer term 2006, Professor Pollard was appointed to the International Relations Committee of AERA.

Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison addressed equality issues in her Presidential address to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting in spring 2006, raising the question of understanding the achievement gaps in US schools. There was much to be learned from this approach to understanding social diversity in achievement gaps in learning. Ladson-Billings is one of several scholars in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and others include Professors Michael Apple, Marianne Bloch, Michael Fultz, Michael Olneck, Tom Popkewitz and Amy Stambach.

Professor Eva Baker, Director of the Graduate School of Education, UCLA, visited TLRP for a total of nine weeks during 2004/5. She worked with Professor Mary James taking up issues arising from TLRP's Learning Outcomes Thematic Group and also contributing her expertise on 'Research on Assessment to Improve Learning'.

A number of TLRP teams presented at AERA 200. There was also a TLRP symposium, led by Mary James, to represent British educational research within the BERA reserved symposium.

In September 2001, consultants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) attended Programme seminars and conferences to present papers, take part in debates and provide feedback. A benchmarking review of the Programme level management was prepared by Professor Eamonn Kelly (until recently a Programme Officer at NSF). This provided a commentary on the progress of the Programme and its management against best US research management practice. Programme researchers (Professors Peter Bryant and Stephen Gorard) took part in cutting edge methodological developments in design experiments sponsored by NSF.

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AUSTRALASIA

Australasian TLRP collaborators include Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

In February 2010 Miriam David presented at a conference on gender and social equity in HE at the University of Melbourne, and then make other presentations at Deakin University, Monash and University of Queensland Brisbane.

In November 2009 TLRP Associate Director Alan Brown visited University of Queensland to discuss issues of careers, learning and identities. This followed earlier visits which involved presentations to the 17th and 16th Annual Australian Association of Career Counsellors (AACC) Conferences in Hobart in 2008 and Perth in 2007. The latter presentation was on ‘Anchors or chains: career stability and career transitions - employees’ attachments to work’.

In October 2009 Miriam David made a presentation to a new centre for student equity in HE, based at the University of South Australia (UNISA) Adelaide, directed by Trevor Gale, and gave 3 presentations to audiences in Adelaide. Miriam then presented at a major policy conference at Star City in Sydney and was the inaugural keynote at a Social Inclusion and Widening Participation in HE conference.

Andrew Pollard and Mary James represented BERA at the November 2006 conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education AARE. Meeting in Adelaide on the theme of ‘Engaging Pedagogies’, the event brought together researchers from across Australia and the region. The BERA TLRP session was attended by members of the Australian Research Directors’ Network and there was lively discussion of the Programme’s commitment to research quality and impact – issues which are important in Australia in the context of the Research Quality Framework (RQF) for research assessment and funding, details of which have recently been announced.

In December 2005, TLRP presented two symposia (involving ten papers on work-related learning) at the 4th Research in Work and Learning Conference in Sydney. In addition, Phil Hodkinson presented one of the keynote presentations that drew on the work of the Transforming Learning Cultures projects. The TLRP papers presented at the conference can be viewed at http://www.guidance-research.org/EG/LLLtop/workplacelearning/RWPL/RWL/

The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) is another national research organization exploring ways of deepening international liaison to promote educational research; TLRP is contributing to this process as part of its commitment to knowledge accumulation across the world.
http://www.aare.edu.au/index.htm

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New Zealand

Miriam David made a presentation on gender and social equity in HE at Waikato University in Hamilton New Zealand in February 2010.

Alan Brown presented a paper on The implications of changing patterns of career development in Europe at the Conference of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance in Wellington in November 2009.

In 2009 in Queenstown Mary James met the new Minister of Education who was seeking advice from the international group that had convened there. Mary also participated in the International Symposium on Assessment for Learning, where she gave a Keynote on how Assessment for Learning (AfL) can be promoted through professional development and school improvement, drawing on the LHTL Project findings. Later she engaged in a two day meeting at the University in Otago at Dunedin with international researchers interested in AfL. She was also invited to the New Zealand Teachers Council to talk about what we had learned from TLRP about teacher education and professional development. Then Mary visited Wellington where she held a meeting with the Director (Robyn Baker) and colleagues at the NZ Council for Educational Research. These activities held in Australia were part of a dissemination tour.

Rob McIntosh, Deputy Secretary for Education at the New Zealand Ministry of Education visited TLRP in November 2007 to share experiences of coordinated national research initiatives. New Zealand’s Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) was inspired by TLRP and there has been reciprocal interest for some years. More...

In December 2006 TLRP Directors Professors Andrew Pollard and Mary James met with colleagues from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZER), the Ministry of Education and a number of local universities. More...

There was particular interest in TLRP because of New Zealand’s own Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI). Having succeeded in its project-development phase TLRI is considering a new thematic strategy and there are a number of similarities between the programmes. The TLRP Commentary on Teaching and Learning, offering ten synoptic ‘principles’, was considered and the research development strategies used by TLRP were discussed at length both at the seminar and in later detailed talks. Among the colleagues attending these talks were Robyn Baker, Director of NZCER and TLRI, and Lynne Whitney from the NZ Ministry of Education.

TLRP has particular links to the University of Waikato School of Educational Research where the Dean has encouraged liaison opportunities which it is hoped that TLRP teams will take up in future. TLRP has also been in contact with the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and Professor Miriam David, TLRP Associate Director, has also contact with Sue Middleton.

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