Call for contributions & Invitation to attend the joint:
International Practitioner Research Conference
Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th November 2005
Quality of Practitioner Research/Action Research: what’s it about,
what’s it for and what next?
Professor Julienne Meyer
City University, London, UK
Professor Stephen Kemmis
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
• Fontys University of Professional Education, Institute for Inclusive and
Special Education (OSO)
• Leiden University, Graduate School of Education (ICLON)
• The Practitioner Research Center of the University of Sydney in Australia
• The CARN Co-ordinating Group at Manchester Metropolitan University in
the UK and St. Martin’s College in the UK.
Petra Ponte Chair Fontys/OSO &
Ben Smit Fontys/OSO &
Daniëlle van den Oetelaar Conference office Fontys/OSO
Jan van Balkom Fontys/OSO
Thieu Dollevoet Fontys/OSO
Jacques Fanchamps Fontys/OSO
Paulien Meijer Leiden University/ICLON
Jacqueline van Swet Fontys/OSO
Luciënne Hoogwerf Fontys/College of Nursing
Karen Cox Fontys/College of Nursing
We are proud to invite you to the unique joint International Practitioner Research
Conference & Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) conference in Utrecht, the
Netherlands on Friday 4th - Sunday 6th November 2005.
The International Practitioner Research Conference is an initiative of a worldwide
group of university academics and school-/system-based practitioners who
have a common interest in working in partnerships engaging in practitioner
research. The first conference was organized in 1996 by the Institute of
Education, Cambridge University (UK). Subsequent conferences were
organized by the School of Education, University of Sydney (Australia) in
1998, and by Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (Austria) in 2000.
Prior to these international conferences, Cambridge University held a number
of such conferences under the auspices of Professor Jennifer Nias. The former
Cambridge Institute, in association with The Center for Practitioner Research
(CARE) at the University of East Anglia, has encouraged practitioner enquiries
over many years.
The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) was founded in 1976 in order
to continue the development work of the Ford Teaching Project in UK
primary and secondary schools. Since that time it has grown to become an
international network drawing its members from educational, health, social
care, commercial, and public services settings. CARN aims to encourage and
support action research projects (personal, local, national and international),
accessible accounts of action research projects, and contributions to the
theory and methodology of action research. The annual CARN conference is
one of a number of means to this end.
In line with the tradition of both networks, we would like to welcome
academics and practitioners from educational, health, social care, commercial,
and public services settings. We will focus on participant participation, by
welcoming a diverse range of contributions, no matter what stage the research
is at (from initial ideas through to completed reports and papers). There will
also be opportunities to consider methodological and reflective or reflexive
issues. In addition to a range of parallel sessions, opportunities are offered for
critical conversations and further inquiries on the conference themes in, for
instance, the STATE of the ART Café and in various ‘Committees of Inquiry’.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the Netherlands. On
behalf of the conference committee,
(Professor/lector at Fontys University/OSO and researcher at Leiden University/ICLON)
15th May 2005 Deadline for submission of completed Proposal Form
and Abstract at the PRAR 2005 office
15th June 2005 The PRAR 2005 office will let you know if your proposal
has been accepted or not
1st August 2005 Registration form and full payment of early bird regi-
stration fee to be received at the Leids Congres Bureau
(Leiden Conference Office)
1st September 2005 Deadline for submission of full papers to be peer revie-
wed and published on the conference proceedings CD-
ROM (see section on ‘Full PRAR 2005 papers’).
Submission at the PRAR 2005 office!
Please note: full papers received after 1st September
2005 will not be accepted!
1st October 2005 Conference program will be published on the PRAR 2005
The conference program
Professor Julienne Meyer
St. Bartholomew School of Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences, City University, London, UK.
Professor Julienne Meyer is a qualified nurse and teacher, who leads on
Care for Older People at City University. Typically, her work involves supporting
health and social care practitioners to explore ways of improving practice,
through action research. Internationally she is one of the co-editors of
Educational Action Research and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University
of South Australia.
Professor Stephen Kemmis
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Over the last twenty years, Professor Kemmis has been involved in university
research development. Together with colleagues from Deakin University and
elsewhere, he has advocated ‘emancipatory action research’ as a participatory
form of research and evaluation, which embodies the aspirations of a critical
science of education. In 2002, Stephen Kemmis was appointed Professor of
Education, Charles Sturt University. He remains Professor Emeritus at the
University of Ballarat and Director at Stephen Kemmis Research & Consulting
Schedule at a glance
Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
November 4 November 5 November 6
09.00 - 09.30 Registration & Parallel sessions Parallel sessions
09.30 - 10.00 informal welcome
10.00 - 10.30 with refreshments Break Break
10.30 - 11.00 Conference Parallel sessions Committees of Inquiry
11.00 - 11.30 Opening & Exploring
11.30 - 12.00 the conference theme Break Break
12.00 - 12.30 Committees of Inquiry Parallel sessions Get tuned:
12.30 - 13.00 an unusual and
13.00 - 13.30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13.30 - 14.00
14.00 - 14.30
14.30 - 15.00 Keynote Keynote Final reporting &
15.00 - 15.30 discussion
15.30 - 16.00 Break Break Conference Closing
16.00 - 16.30 Parallel sessions Parallel sessions
16.30 - 17.00
17.00 - 17.30 Break Break
17.30 - 18.00 Parallel sessions Parallel sessions
18.00 - 18.30
18.30 - 19.00 CARN Reception Dinner (buffet)
19.00 - 19.30
19.30 - 20.00
20.00 - 20.30 Conference dinner
Evening Visit to Utrecht’s
(free transport by bus)
(* Please note that this format is subject to minor changes depending on the proposals)
Committees of Inquiry
The Committees of Inquiry will provide the opportunity for critical
conversations and further inquiries on the conference themes (Quality of
Practitioner Research/Action Research: what’s it about, what’s it for, what
next?), by jointly exploring and discussing one of the following issues in
1. Ethics in Practitioner Research/Action Research
2. Communication and relationships in Practitioner Research/Action Research
3. Collaboration and participation in Practitioner Research/Action Research
4. Methodological issues in Practitioner Research/Action Research
5. Making Practitioner Research/Action Research public
6. Underlying concepts of Practitioner Research/Action Research
7. Cultural contexts and Practitioner Research/Action Research
8. Professional knowledge and Practitioner Research/Action Research
9. Professional development and Practitioner Research/Action Research
10. Practitioner Research/Action Research and organizational development.
While exploring and discussing these issues, delegates are invited to use the
keynotes, the parallel sessions and the out-of-program talks as information
sources. An academic and a practitioner will chair the committee sessions.
Professor Bridget Somekh and Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith will
report back on behalf of the committees. They will close the conference with
an overview and discussion of the committees’ findings.
Every participant is invited to enroll in one of these committees. You can
state your choice on the online Registration Form (see section on
The conference Committee has arranged a program to meet the needs of
conference delegates to gather informally with peers. There will be a CARN
reception on Friday evening and transport will be available into the city
center of Utrecht on Saturday evening (after diner).
At various times during the conference, in the STATE of the ART café, students
of the Fontys School of Visual and Performing Arts will entertain the
delegates with a playful rendition of some of the important and remarkable
incidents, statements and events of the weekend.
Venue and accommodation
The PRAR 2005 Conference will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Utrecht
is situated in the center of the Netherlands, relatively close to other
interesting and historical cities, such as Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague,
Rotterdam and Den Bosch. It is within one-hour travel distance from
Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam. Public transport from the airport
to Utrecht is easy, safe and runs frequently, even at early or late hours.
This surprising and friendly city boasts cultural and historical highlights. The
city's ultimate symbol is the beautiful Dom Tower. In addition, Utrecht offers
great shopping, contemporary convention and meeting venues, pleasant
sidewalk cafes and all the ingredients for great clubbing.
Carlton President Hotel (****) will provide accommodation as well as all
conference facilities. The hotel is accessible for disabled people.
The beautiful and modern Carlton President Hotel is equipped with all the
comfort and facilities you could wish for. In the Carlton President you can
enjoy all the luxury of a four-star hotel. The hotel is uniquely accessible due
to its location near the A2 motorway connecting Amsterdam and Utrecht. It
can be reached by bus from Utrecht Central Station in about 15 minutes
(travel directions: see hotel website; you will find a link on the PRAR 2005
There are a large number of rooms available at the conference location but in
case the conference hotel is fully booked, we will do our utmost to arrange
accommodation in another hotel in Utrecht of equal quality.
It is possible to book your room for extra nights before or after the conference
at the special rate of 115 Euro per night. Accommodation for accompanying
partners who will not attend the conference can be booked at a rate of only
20.50 Euro per night (room and breakfast only). Bookings for both extras can
be made via the PRAR 2005 conference office (PRAR2005@fontys.nl). Please
note: standard registration only by online registration.
Weather in November
November is autumn season in the Netherlands. The usual weather in this
time of the year is mildly cold, with wind and occasional rainfall. The average
day temperature at the beginning of November is 13O C (range 5-17O C).
Call for papers
There is a choice of different contribution formats. The conference
committee especially invites contributions that will challenge the debate
about the conference themes. In addition, you are encouraged to include a
form of active participation or interaction with the audience.
Paper presentation (30 minutes)
In paper sessions, authors present abbreviated versions of their papers,
followed by an audience discussion. Papers will be presented in 60 minute
parallel sessions of 2 two papers each. A typical structure for a paper
presentation is approximately 10-15 minutes per author presentation, and 15
minutes of discussion.
Discussion session (60 minutes)
Discussion sessions increase engagement with the topic, enrich the experience
of attendees through active discussion, and promote deeper understanding by
all (including presenters). In a discussion session, theoretical, methodological
and reflective or reflexive issues are addressed.
A large portion of the session is devoted to activities such as a panel discussion
among the presenters and participants, questions and discussion among all those
present at the session, or small-group interaction. The chair of the discussion is
expected to start off with a 10-15 minute presentation of the topic.
Symposium (120 minutes)
Symposia provide an opportunity to examine specific problems or topics from a
variety of perspectives. Symposia may present alternative solutions,
interpretations, or contrasting points of view on a specified subject or in relation
to a common theme. Paper presentations (minimal three) within a symposium
are all related to this common theme. The chair of the symposium is expected to
start off with a 10-15 minute introduction to the common theme.
A symposium extends over two successive 60-minute sessions.
Proposals should be submitted as a 300-word abstract (for a symposium: a
200-word overview and for each paper a 40-word abstract), using the abstract
registration form (which can be downloaded from the PRAR 2005 website).
Abstracts of proposals should be submitted by email to the PRAR 2005 office.
Abstracts should be attached to the email as a Microsoft Word document
using the surname and first name initial of the lead presenter as the filename
(e.g. SmithG, or SmithG2 if more than one submission). Presenters who are
unable to use Microsoft Word should include the abstract within the body of
The deadline for submissions is 15th May 2005.
Criteria for acceptance
• The contribution concerns a practitioner research / action research project
or a directly related topic of interest with regard to Practitioner Research /
• Preference for contributions, which challenge the debate about the
• Proposals clearly state the subject of the contribution and the form of the
presentation (initial ideas, work in progress, completed reports, etc.).
• Proposals are limited to the prescribed number of words and are submitted
with the proposal forms.
• Proposals will only be included in the definitive program after authors’
Please note: Text included in the program and/or on the CD-ROM (see full
PRAR 2005 papers) will not be extensively edited or corrected. Authors
remain fully responsible for the content of their proposals.
Full PRAR 2005 papers (peer reviewed)
Those authors whose presentations are accepted for inclusion in the conference
will be invited to submit a full paper using the manuscript preparation
guide (which can be downloaded from the PRAR 2005 website). Full papers
(8 pages maximum) will undergo peer review. Successful papers will be
included in the conference proceedings to be published as a CD-ROM and
distributed as part of the conference package. For all submissions it is
essential that the specified formatting guidelines are followed (including font,
margins, titles, referencing) and that they are submitted before 1st of
September 2005. Failure to do so may result in the paper not being included
in the conference proceedings.
Papers for the special issue of the Journal for Educational
Some papers will be selected for publication in a special edition of the
Educational Action Research Journal. If you wish to be considered for
publication in the journal, please deposit a printed copy in accordance with
EAR guidelines (see section ‘How to contribute’ on the website of EAR:
www.triangle.co.uk/ear) in the PRAR 2005 box at the Registration Desk.
Please note: after the conference, submission of conference papers for the
journal will not be possible.
Language of the conference
The contribution can be in English or in Dutch with simultaneous translation
into English (presenters must arrange this themselves!); however the abstracts
and full papers must be in English.
When presenting a paper, please bear in mind that you are addressing an
international audience, the majority of whom may not be familiar with the
context in your own country. It is essential, therefore, that you give
contextual information, avoid the use of acronyms, and do not use
expressions, which describe aspects of your system (e.g. Key Stage 1, AS
Level) without explanation.
Guidelines for presenting to a foreign language audience:
• Native English speakers: slow down!
• Support your presentation with keywords or key phrases on transparencies
or PowerPoint slides
• Structure the content of your presentation and focus on one or two central
• Keep it simple and straightforward.
Overhead projection and flipchart will be available in each meeting room.
Please indicate if you will need any additional equipment on the Proposal
form. Do not request a computer projector unless you are certain you intend
to use it and please bring your own laptop if possible (no Macs, only MS
Windows Personal Computers available).
Each participant and presenter is requested to register. Registration is only
possible with the registration form online, accessible on the PRAR 2005
Registration and payment will be handled by Leids Congres Bureau (Leiden
There will be a late registration fee of 1 50,-. Your registration will be
definitive only after payment has been received.
Payment received Payment received
before on or after
1st August 2005 1st August 2005
CARN members 1 575,- 1 625,-
Non-CARN members 1 625,- 1 675,-
The fees to attend the PRAR 2005 conference include accommodation,
lunches, dinner (with two drinks), refreshments and entertainment as
programmed from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon.
It is the policy of the PRAR 2005 conference that all persons, including
participants who plan to attend one or more sessions are required to register.
There are two possible ways to pay the conference fees:
1. (inter)national bank transfer made out to ING Bank, Schutterveld 18,
2316 ZC Leiden, the Netherlands, accountnumber: 220.127.116.117 for the
attention of Leids Congres Bureau/PRAR 2005.
Swift code/BIC (Bank Identifier Code): INGBNL 2A.
IBAN (International Bank Account Number): NL63 INGB 067 60416 47.
2. credit card (only Visa, American Express or Eurocard/Mastercard can be
All payments should be made in Euros (EUR). You will find payment details
on the online registration form.
In case of collective payment for a group of participants, please ensure to
give a clear indication of all the persons the payment refers to by stating
the reference numbers of the invoices that will be sent to every person
Registration and payments will be acknowledged as soon as they are
received. Please check the confirmation letter and advise of any alterations
PRAR 2005 Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing only and should be sent to Leids Congres
Bureau (Leiden Conference Office). The policy for cancellations is as follows:
cancellations will be subject to a 1 50,- charge until 1st September. From 1st
September until 1st October 2005 only 50% of the fee will be refunded.
After this date no refund will be possible.
All refunds will be processed after the conference and will be paid in Euros
(1). Participants unable to attend may transfer their ticket to another person,
please inform Leids Congres Bureau (Leiden Conference Office) upon this. In
exceptional cases refunds may be made at the discretion of the PRAR 2005
There are some CARN bursaries available to support participants with the
conference fee and/or travel costs. If you want to apply for a bursary, please
send a short statement of approximately 500 words to PRAR2005@fontys.nl
(before 15th May 2005) with an outline of your case along the following lines:
• your specific funding needs, e.g. full conference costs, travel costs, etc.;
• what sources you have already tried;
• a short account of why your attendance at the conference would be important.
Decisions about the bursaries will be made on a case-by-case approach. We
will inform you before 1st August 2005.
Please note that if there is a situation of force majeure, the organization is not
required to comply with any obligation. Force majeure includes any
circumstance outside the will of the organization, which impedes permanent
or temporary compliance.
The PRAR 2005 organization takes no legal responsibility for participation in
the social events.
The organizing institutes
Fontys University of Professional Education/Institute for
Inclusive and Special Education (OSO)
The Institute for Inclusive and Special Education (OSO) of Fontys University
of Professional Education offers postgraduate courses for professionals in
Inclusive and Special (primary and secondary) Education.
The institute also hosts the Triple I Centre for Practitioner Research &
More information about Fontys OSO can be found at www.fontys.nl/oso (in
Leiden University/ICLON Graduate School of Education
ICLON Graduate School of Education, established in 1995 as an independent
unit within Leiden University, provides undergraduate and postgraduate
teacher education and in-service teacher training, as well as services
pertaining to educational design and innovation, staff development and
These services are organized on behalf of Leiden University, colleges of higher
education, as well as secondary schools. ICLON conducts its own educational
research program, which focuses on the knowledge base of teaching.
ICLON consists of two departments, focusing on secondary and higher
education respectively, and an administrative unit. ICLON employs over 100
More information about ICLON can be found at
http://www.iclon.leidenuniv.nl (partly in English).
CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network)
CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network) hosted by Manchester
Metropolitan University in the UK and St. Martin’s College in the UK.
CARN Co-ordinating Group:
• Bridget Somekh, Sheila Stark and Cathie Pearce, from the Institute of
Education at Manchester Metropolitan University
• Marion Dadds, Ruth Balogh and Margaret Ledwith, from St Martin's College,
More information about CARN can be found at
University of Sydney/Practitioner Research Centre
Practitioner Research Centre, University of Sydney, Australia
Directors: Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith & Professor Judyth Sachs
More information about the Practitioner Research Centre can be found at
Conference office: Ms Daniëlle van den Oetelaar
Tel.: +31-(0)877 874 218
Fax: +31-(0)877 875 900
Registration and payment: Leids Congres Bureau
(Leiden Conference Office)
Ms Janet Knipmeijer
PO Box 16065
2301 GB Leiden
Tel.: +31-(0)71 514 82 03
Fax: +31-(0)71 512 80 95