Press Release

17 October 2012

The England Centre for Practice Development will host this year's international joint conference for the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) and International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC).

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s conference, ‘Towards Creative Action: Transformations and Collaborations in Practice’.

“There has been a significant amount of interest both from the UK and international communities ahead of the conference. Over 130 papers were submitted with contributions from over 30 countries. It will provide the University with an opportunity to showcase its strengths in the field of education and health and social care on a global stage, as well demonstrate our work with regional partners.”

The conference will depart from conventional formats of presentation by using creative spaces for delegates to share their work and offer creative approaches to learning and personal development. Emphasis will be placed on participation, inclusion and collaboration with delegates invited to join a number of activities and fringe events that will provide an opportunity to engage with others and promote critical dialogue and debate; discuss concerns and issues arising from practice experience with delegates from other disciplines and share new insights and understandings.

The guest speakers include Professor Ian Stronach, Professor of Education, Liverpool John Moores University; Famke van Lieshout, Faculty of Nursing, Fontys University, Netherlands; Professor Yoland Wadsworth, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Professor Richard Winter, formerly Professor of Education, Anglia Ruskin University. 

Towards Creative Action: Transformations and Collaborations in Practice will be held at the Ashford International Hotel, Ashford, Kent, from the 23 to 25 November 2012.

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Notes to Editor

  • Conference sponsors include the Higher Education Academy, The University of Ulster, Educational Action Research, International Journal of Lessons and Learning Studies, and Pearson Publishing. 

The England Centre for Practice Development

The England Centre for Practice Development launched in 2011 at Canterbury Christ Church University with a commitment to increase scholarly activities and research in practice development to improve patient and service user experiences of care.

The Centre is a partnership of international networks led by and based at Canterbury Christ Church University, and supported by members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC) including lead scholars, academics and practitioners in health and social care.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.



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