Investigating Our Practices 2014

Professional Development for Educators

This annual conference is offered by UBC Faculty of Education and the BC Teachers’ Federation.

Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.

On May 3, 2014 UBC hosts the 17th Annual IOP Conference where practicing teachers, university educators, graduate students and student teachers from different educational contexts (schools, universities and colleges) come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice.

The conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion. These exchanges typically fall within the following areas of inquiry:

  • the preparation of practitioners
  • the ongoing education of practitioners
  • the focus on classroom practice
  • the context of practice (e.g., social, political and cultural analysis of practice)
  • researching practice (e.g., teacher inquiry/action research)

UBC Vancouver

Faculty of Education
Neville Scarfe Building
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver BC

Submissions will be accepted in Spring 2014.

  • Submit a proposal for an individual or group session.
    We want challenging, relevant, interactive presentations that showcase how you have been investigating some dimension of teaching practice. Session time should be divided equally between provoking discussion by providing access to your understandings and providing opportunity for others to discuss your conclusions.
  • Host a roundtable discussion.
    You have a critical question you would like to discuss with other practitioners and you are willing to initiate and moderate a conversation, perhaps based on your own experience or research.
  • Prepare a poster session.
    The poster format is ideal for the visual presentation of research results, a program of research or research activities of a group.

Register by: May 1, 2014

Online registration will be available in Spring 2014.


The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. Door prizes will be awarded.

  • Professional registration: $25
  • Student registration: $15

Refund Policy

There is a 20% handling fee for cancellation of online registrations received in writing on or before Friday, April 24, 2014. Please contact TBA if you paid by another method. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received from April 25 onward.

Important Resources

Upcoming information

  • Program Summary
  • List of Sessions
  • Conference Presentations
  • Guidelines for Presenters