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Call for Papers Teacher-student-interaction in subject-specific writing: research meets practice

posted 3 Oct 2013, 07:19 by ICO Education   [ updated 3 Oct 2013, 07:23 ]

Wednesday January 22nd, 2014, 
 Utrecht University - 

If students in secondary education are to write qualitatively good texts, it is crucial that they use academic as well as domain-specific language, and that they use a clear text structure. These skills are particularly important in writing longer texts, such as inquiry learning projects (Dutch ‘profielwerkstukken’) and research reports. Good opportunities to acquire these skills may be offered in Content and Language Integrated Learning. Explicit instruction and student-contingent feedback are essential, or in other words: the interaction between teacher and student plays an important role. 

This conference addresses the ways in which this teacher-student-interaction should be shaped in order to be effective. The motto of this conference is “science meets practice”, which means that we would like the conference to be a meeting place for both researchers, teachers and teacher educators. We will focus on the following main questions:

  • What knowledge can be generated from research on effective forms of instruction in subject-specific writing and/or on the effects of feedback on the writing process or product? 
  • What good practices of tasks and feedback can be found in secondary education practice? 

You will attend plenary lectures by Rachel Whittaker (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and another international scholar, get inspired by teachers who share their good practices, and have discussions with teachers, teacher educators and researchers during parallel sessions with round-table-conversations, workshops and other interactive activities. At least one of the parallel sessions will be held in English. 

You can contribute to this conference in two ways. 

1) You can submit a 2-page proposal (max. 1000 words) in which you describe a good practice from your own educational field: demonstrate how you stimulate subject-specific writing proficiency of your students by means of interactive instruction and/or feedback, or how you train teachers to engage in effective teacher-student-interactions about writing processes or products. Note that this may also involve work in progress. A collection of all good practices will be handed out to the conference participants. Four of the best practices will be presented during the plenary part of the conference. In your contribution, please address the following issues: 1) the relevance to the conference theme, 3) your good practice (materials, instructions, designs, feedback forms…), 4) theoretical or practical evidence for success , 5) practical implications and/or questions you would like to discuss with the audience, and possibly 6) an indication (url, dropbox folder) how you will make sample material available.

2) You can organize a round-table conversation, workshop, debate or any other interactive activity (= anything but a lecture) for a group of 30 people maximum: a session of 45 minutes in which you create the opportunity for teachers and researchers to exchange concepts, practices and research findings. You can consider a discussion about your experiences and concerns in teacher-student-interaction and feedback on writing products, a brainstorm about the content of a specific writing curriculum, the development of feedback criteria, etc. In your contribution (max. 500 words) please address the following issues: 1) background, 2) relevance for the conference theme, 3) interactive format, and 4) topics and/or questions you would like to discuss with your audience.

Proposals combining 1 and 2 are welcome as well.

Deadlines and contact

You can contribute in Dutch or in English. A summary should be submitted by November 1st, 2013 via Interactiecongres2014@uu.nl. A notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15, 2013. More information about costs, program and registration can be found at http://interactief2014.wp.hum.uu.nl in due course. If you have any questions, please email us at Interactiecongres2014@uu.nl. 

This one-day conference is organized by researchers and teacher educators from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, and is co-financed by the multidisciplinary program Educational and Learning Sciences. 

Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul
Rick de Graaff 
Harmen Schaap 
Gerdineke van Silfhout