|Dates: ||14 - 15 May 2014 |
|Venue: ||Voksenåsen Conference Center, Ullveien 4, 0791 Oslo, Norway |
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Europe currently faces many challenges, including renewing democracy, maintaining welfare systems, increasing the recognition of European education and research, and meeting future requirements of the knowledge society with a highly competent workforce and expertise. Education is a core part of our societies and there is growing agreement that knowledge from research should play a crucial role in improving educational practice and informing education policy. How potential users, such as teachers and policy makers, can best engage with, and make the most out of, research evidence is, however, less clear. There is no simple, direct line between the production of research and its use. While considerable progress has been made over the past few decades developing systems and processes for producing robust, policy-relevant research in education, concerns remain about a lack of systematic support structures for those seeking to use research-based knowledge to improve education. There is growing awareness across Europe of an unmet need to understand and develop institutional capacity and infrastructure to support effective uptake and use of research.
To address these international concerns, the Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe (EIPPEE) Network held its third international conference. The conference was held in collaboration with the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Education at the very roof-top of the Norwegian capital, overlooking the city and the Oslo Fjord.
As in previous EIPPEE conferences, there was a continuing focus on capacity-building and awareness raising amongst key stakeholders, through a broad range of activities aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the nature, theory, and practice of evidence-informed decision-making in education. There were keynotes from leading experts, challenging debate panels, practical sessions, and other opportunities for discussion and collaboration between delegates. For those new to the topic, a pre-conference training workshop was available.
The main aims of the 2014 event were to explore the challenges and potential for developing effective infrastructures to support an evidence-informed approach in education across Europe, and to set out a realistic plan of action for the EIPPEE Network. There was a focus on learning from case examples and existing research. Key questions addressed during the conference included:
- What infrastructures (physical or organisational structures, processes, regulations, etc) are in place across Europe to help facilitate better use of research in education, and at which level – local, regional, national or European - do these occur?
- What are the most important gaps in institutional capacity and infrastructure, and how might these be addressed?
- What examples of effective/promising structures to support the application of research are available from other sectors, and how appropriate are these for education in Europe?
- What is the potential for, and advantages of, transnational and/or cross-sector cooperation and collaboration via the EIPPEE Network to address issues of research use?
The conference was aimed at researchers, policymakers, analysts, teachers, teacher associations, administrators, managers, trade union leaders, students, and others with an interest in discussing present opportunities and challenges, and mapping the road ahead.