The Foundation Years Researcher and Practitioner Forum: “Educational Research: Making it practical so it can be impactful”.

Dr. Peter DeWitt
Dr. Peter DeWitt

Are you a PhD student in educational science? Are you interested in learning more about how your research can have an impact in schools and classrooms? Join this ICSEI pre-conference for a unique opportunity to discuss your research with leading scholars and peers, build networks and gain new knowledge.

Educational research can provide important ways for teachers and leaders to improve in their own practice while having a strong impact on student learning.
Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between the research and the understanding of that research by practitioners.

In this ICSEI forum, which is of particular interest to PhD students in educational science, Dr. Peter DeWitt will give his keynote lecture: ”Educational Research: Making it practical so it can be impactful”.

The lecture will point out how researchers can make their research more practical, and how to best get it into the hands of practitioners.

In his lecture, Dr. DeWitt will highlight a number of topics that are highly relevant for scholars who would like their research to make an impact in the field of practitioners, such as: Research versus practice? Why should practitioners use your research? How is your research any better than what they are presently doing in their classrooms or schools? Why is it that what we learned at University is not what we can immediately begin using when we start teaching? How can researchers get their research into the hands – and minds – of practitioners?

Roundtable meetings

Following the keynote, participants will join small roundtables, based upon their areas of research and interest. The roundtable meetings will be mentored by veteran ICSEI members, providing the participants to ask questions and discuss relevant topics with the group.

Each roundtable will discuss one of the following topics:

  • Educational Research: Making it practical so it can be impactful.
  • Exploring research methodology
  • Publishing your work/research
  • Exploring research writing
  • Exploring Theoretical Frameworks
  • Using social media to share your work/research

Sign up for the roundtables can be found on this form.

Who can attend?

The Foundation Years Researcher and Practitioner Forum is open for participants at ICSEI 2019, and especially invites PhD students and others with a particular interest in this topic and format.

Practical information

Pre-conference: The Foundation Years Researcher and Practitioner Forum
Time: Wednesday, January 9th
Place: ICSEI 2019 venue, Stavanger Forum
Fee: 20 USD (+ ICSEI conference fee)
If you are signing up for ICSEI, select the option “Early Career / Post Graduates Forum” (section 9 on the registration form).
If you have already signed up for ICSEI, go to the Registration page (section 3, “Conference Registration”) and click on the last option in that section that says “Adding to Registration”.
Sign up for the roundtables can be found on this form.


Acceptance of proposals

We received a lot of proposals, and it has been a great joy to read through the submissions!

E-mails regarding acceptance of proposals have now been sent out.

Please note that submissions which are collaborative or written by several authors, will only receive ONE e-mail to one of the authors. We only have the capacity to maintain contact with one author for each contribution. Make sure that if you have received en acceptance e-mail, please forward the notification of acceptance to your fellow authors.

Facts and Figures about Education in Norway

  • Of a population of over 5 million, more than 1,1 million people are currently undergoing education or training. In addition to this 223 000 are undergoing higher education (2015).
  • The pupil-teacher ratio in primary and lower secondary schools is 17 pupils per teacher. Schools with fewer than 100 pupils have an average of 11 pupils per teacher.
  • Compulsory education in Norway lasts 10 years. There are currently 624,000 pupils enrolled in public and private primary and lower secondary schools
  • 9 out of 10 children of kindergarten age attend kindergarten. A total of 283,600 children are enrolled in kindergarten.
  • 92 per cent of all 16 to 18-year-olds are enrolled in upper secondary education or training.
  • There are significant differences between boys and girls in terms of the study programmes they choose in upper secondary education. Girls make up 85 per cent of all pupils following the Healthcare, Childhood and Youth Development programme
  • In 2015 Norway spent NOK 150 billion on kindergartens, primary and secondary education.
  • A pupil in upper secondary education costs an average of NOK 155,100.
  • 10 per cent of young people aged between 20 and 24 are neither in education nor in employment. This is lower than most Nordic countries.