2013 Investigating Our Practices – 16th Annual IOP Conference

Professional Development for Educators


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

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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 11th, 2013 UBC hosts the 16th 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)


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Attend this exciting day! Register online (click on button on the bottom of this page) and pay the registration fee to confirm your space. The conference fee is $25 or $15 for students. Lunch and refreshments included. Door prizes awarded.

Registration Deadline:  May 9, 2013


Submit your proposal online: We are no longer accepting proposals.

The submission deadline is March 4, 2013.

  • 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.

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  • $25 for presenters and participants
  • $15 for students who are presenters or participants

REFUND POLICY: There is a 20% handling fee for cancellation of online registrations received in writing on or before Friday, May 3, 2013. Please contact Judy Paley if you paid by another method.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received from Saturday, May 4 onward.


If you plan to attend the IOP conference at UBC-Vancouver, select one of the following registration & payment options:

Lunch and refreshments are included and door prizes awarded!