Saturday 3rd October
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This online conference is for teachers, advisers, leaders and members of religious and non-religious worldview communities
Do you want to connect and exchange knowledge and ideas?
Do you want to activity engage with research in a variety of ways?
As a result of attending this conference we hope that you will:
- understand the importance of engaging with and in research and its potential impact on classroom practice
- understand better the barriers and enablers in relation to teachers of RE engaging with and in research
Book a place: Please use this Eventbrite link to book for the conference. We advise booking as early as possible as places are limited. Registration closes on 31st August.
Cost: Free. This conference is sponsored by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.
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Pre-Event Programme Outline
The week before the RExChange conference we will be releasing short 10 min films about some of the research collaborations. These will be available on our Vimeo channel https://vimeo.com/channels/rexchange
We hope this will give you introductions to some of the sessions you will be attending, but also allow you to learn about research that you may not be able to hear about on the conference day.
Saturday 3rd October Programme Outline
10.00am Welcome: Dr Kathryn Wright, Culham St Gabriels Trust and Bonnie Zahl, Templeton World Charity Foundation
10.10am Keynote with Q&A: Professor Vivienne Baumfield, Director of Research and Professor of Professional Learning at the University of Exeter and President Elect of BERA
10.50am Keynote with Q&A: Dr Richard Kueh, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Schools, Subject Lead for Religious Education
11.50am Pre-allocated Discussion Groups, various hosts
1.30pm Pre- allocated seminar choice 1
2.30pm Pre- allocated seminar choice 2
3.30pm Pre-allocated Parallel Panel sessions
RExChange Post Conference Events
Monday 5th October 8-9pm NATRE #REChatUK Research aware, research informed, research active: What does it mean for you?
Tuesday 6th October times vary Regional Research Networks
Tuesday 6th October 4.15-5.15pm Inspired by RExChange: Becoming research active
Thursday 8th October times vary Regional Research Networks
Thursday 8th October 4.15-5.15pm Inspired by RExChange: Becoming research active
RExChange – continuing the conversation events
Wednesday 14th October 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Vivienne Baumfield
Wednesday 28th October 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Abi Maguire
Wednesday 11th November 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Jo Pearce and Alexis Stones
Wednesday 25th November 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… tba
Wednesday 9th December 4.15 – 5.15pm In conversation with… Martha Shaw
Presenter and Workshop Leaders
Professor Berry Billingsley, Canterbury Christ Church University
Professor Bob Bowie, Canterbury Christ Church University
Professor Vivienne Baumfield, University of Exeter
Samantha Brown, Teacher of RE
Dr Kate Christopher, Teacher of RE and Independent RE Adviser
Mina Cullimore, Canterbury Christ Church University
Professor Adam Dinham, Faith and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London
Conor George, Secondary Teacher of RE
Liam Guilfoyle, University of Oxford
Dr Pat Hannam, County Inspector/Adviser RE, History and Philosophy
Paul Hopkins, University of Hull
Samuel Horsley, Teacher of RE
Dr Rachael Jackson Royal, Secondary Head of RE
Joe Kinnaird, Teacher of RE
Dr Richard Kueh, Her Majesty’s Inspector: Schools, Subject Lead for Religious Education
Frances Lane, RE Subject Lead, Teach First London Programme
Anita Laurence, Teacher of RE
Dr David Lundie, University of Glasgow
Kate McDowell, Primary Teacher of RE
Abi McGuire, Secondary Teacher of RE
Dr Joanne Pearce, University College London
Stephen Pett, RE Today Services
Helen Rivers, Primary Teacher of RE
Adam Robertson, RE Subject Leader
Dr Emma Salter, University of Huddersfield
Martha Shaw, London South Bank University
Alexis Stone, University College London
Joe Treacy, Chartered College of Teaching
Sean Whittle, St Mary’s University
Delegates will be asked to choose sessions prior to the day. More details of how to make your choices will be sent at least one month before the event.
Please click on the title to download details of the session
- Teaching Controversial Issues in the Secondary RE Classroom.
- Innovation Through Co-production: Teachers and researchers working together to generate innovation in religion and worldviews education.
- Challenging knowledge in RE: developing resources for multidisciplinary RE.
- A Communities of Practice approach to supporting teachers and teacher-agency in practitioner-research.
- The Research for RE website as a teacher development tool.
- Argumentation in religious education: Teachers’ perspectives.
- Discover a message wrapped in words, and step through the doorway into a more hermeneutical worldview education with the Texts and Teachers Research Project.
- Emergent technologies in religious education.
- What do we know about teachers’ engagement with research in RE?
- Inside Faith/Outside the Classroom: A dialogical model for field visits and visiting speakers in Religious Education.
- Epistemic Insight in the classroom: Using research engaged teaching to create ways to help pupils to ask and explore big questions in an age of science and technology.
- Religious Literacy: A way forward for religious education?
- How evidence-informed is my teaching? A toolkit.
- Beginning Teachers and the Science Religion Encounter in the Classroom.
- RE, Big Questions and Knowledge: Interim Findings
- How engaging with research can enhance and transform the teaching of the curriculum and help support other teachers of RE
- A Lived Religious Experience – How can we use children’s literature to bring the lived religious experience to life in the classroom?
- Making links between research and RE teachers
- What is research and what has it got to do with my classroom? A conversation
Background to the conference and its importance for the RE Community
The conference brings together the concept of exchange with the Culham St Gabriel’s and Templeton World Charity Foundation Research7 funded projects. In light of the Commission on RE report (2018) and wider educational discourse, there is an increased desire within the RE professional community to root classroom practice in research. This conference aims to further this paradigm shift seeking to become a pivotal moment within the RE Community for researcher- practitioner collaboration.
There is evidence of increasing interest amongst teachers regarding engagement with research. For example, the rise in the ResearchEd movement (www.researched.org.uk), as well as the work of the Chartered College of Teaching and the influence of their journal, Impact. In relation to RE specifically, this is evidenced in the increasing numbers registering with the Research4RE website https://researchforre.reonline.org.uk and a NATRE hosted #REChatUk twitter event which focused on research. Teachers have identified the need for opportunities to engage further with RE specific research. This conference provides a unique occasion for teachers and researchers to exchange knowledge.