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7th IOE-BNU International Conference: Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

22 November 2019–23 November 2019, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

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Academics, researchers and practitioners in education from around the world are invited to attend this major international conference in Beijing.

Event Information

Open to



UCL Institute of Education and Beijing Normal University


Beijing Normal University
19 Xinjiekou Wai St

Organised in partnership between Beijing Normal University and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) since 2006, this biennial event provides a dynamic international forum for sharing research and good practice in education. 

Educational innovation has become a major issue in many societies around the world as they seek new approaches and novel solutions to problems that have been difficult to resolve, or where social and technological changes may offer new ways forward to improve educational experiences and outcomes. The 7th IOE-BNU joint conference is devoted to understanding different kinds of innovation in education and their prospects for success.

The role of pedagogy, or the contribution of teaching and the teacher in education, has become a particular area for discussion in relation to innovation that will be emphasised at the conference.

Based on these central themes, the conference welcomes applications to present papers in diverse areas based on research that may be empirical or theoretical in nature, focusing mainly on China or the UK or comparative insights, and including other aspects related to educational innovation such as assessment and curriculum.

Key strands  

The conference will be organised into three key strands as below, linked broadly to innovation in schools of different types; broad social and cultural issues related to educational innovation; and innovation in institutions of higher education. 

Applicants are invited to select one of these strands as part of the assessment process for the call for papers, with examples of possible subjects under each strand also provided below.

  1. Innovation in teaching and pedagogy (abstracts may include subjects like classroom management; classroom practice; innovative pedagogy and assessment; curriculum change and innovation)
  2. Pedagogy, culture and society (abstracts may include subjects like critical pedagogy; social histories and pedagogies; education, policy and pedagogy; ethnicity, class, gender and pedagogy; pedagogical theory)
  3. Innovation and pedagogy in higher education (abstracts may include subjects like teaching in Higher Education (HE); teacher education and pedagogy; pedagogical education in HE; innovative teaching methods in HE; technologies and teaching in HE)

The call for papers has now closed.

Due to the large numbers of abstracts received, the results will be released in the next few weeks.

For details about the conference, including keynote speakers, accommodation and registration, please see the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference website