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Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2016; Learning Environments and Learning Outcomes: What we know and how we can apply it?

Friday 28th October 2016 - Saturday 29th October 2016 at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham

The 2016 British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, Annual Conference theme is focusing on the role of learning environments and learning outcomes.

We are delighted to announce three excellent keynote speakers who are experts in the field: Professor Jan Vermunt (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge), Professor Lars-Erik Malmberg (Department of Education, University of Oxford) and Professor Theo Wubbels (Utrecht University, Netherlands) who will present the 36th Vernon-Wall Lecture.

Our conference has a wide appeal and it allows those working in the field of Psychology of Education to network and discuss ideas in a friendly supportive environment.

Our conference will be of interest to scholars and academics working in the related field of Psychology and Education, Educational and School Psychologists, and colleagues working in initial teacher education.

Psychology in the Pub

The Psychology of Education Section invite you to join them for Psychology in the Pub at The Woodman on Thursday 27th October 2016.

Psychologist in the Pub talks are completely free, and open to everyone.

For further information, please click here.

Accommodation on Thursday 27th October 2016

If you require accommodation on Thursday 27th October 2016, please click here to book direct with the venue.

Please note, accommodation on Friday 28th October 2016 is included in the full conference package. If both nights are booked the hotel should allocate the same room for both nights.

If you require accommodation, please book this before Friday 14th October 2016.

Car parking

Car parking can be booked if you're attending a meeting at the Conference Aston venues, or if staying in the hotel. Car parking is a flat rate of £7.95 for 24 hours, search and book using your arrival date and selecting car park 12. As the rate is for 24 hours, the departure date will automatically be the following day. Select Car Park 12 and select the relevant days that apply.

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Call for Papers

We are no longer accepting submissions for the Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2016: Learning Environments and Learning Outcomes: What we know and how we can apply it?


Bursary applications are no longer being accepted for this conference. The deadline for appliacations was 30th June 2016. Successful applicants will be contacted following review.

Details on how to join the Society can be found here.

To download a Section application form, please visit the webpage.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Thursday 27th October 2016

19:30Psychology in the Pub event open
21:30Psychology in the Pub event close

Friday 28th October 2016

A full detailed agenda can be downloaded below. Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

09:30Introduction and Welcome
09:40Opening Keynote: Prof Jan Vermunt
10:40Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Session
13:30Parallel Session
15:00Refreshment Break
15:30Poster Viewing
16:45Vernon-Wall Lecture: Prof Theo Wubbels
18:30Psychology of Education Section AGM
19:00Conference Dinner

Saturday 29th October 2016

A full detailed agenda can be downloaded below. Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

09:00Parallel Session
10:45Refreshment Break
11:15Closing Keynote: Prof Lars Eric Malmberg
12:30Lunch and Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Jan Vermunt

Keynote Speaker
Jan Vermunt is a Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Fellow of Wolfson College. The study of human learning has fascinated him since he started his studies in the Psychology of learning and education. Current research interests include patterns in student learning, teacher learning, and professional development. Recently, he developed a special interest in how processes and outcomes of teacher learning act upon processes and outcomes of student learning and the other way around. He received a PhD (cum laude) from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. His scientific work was published in journals such as Learning and Instruction, Educational Psychology Review, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Higher Education. Jan served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction EARLI from 2009-2013. He was Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and launching Co-Editor of the new EARLI-journal Frontline Learning Research. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Educational Research Review and Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. With effect from 1 January 2014, Jan was elected Editor-in-Chief of Learning and Instruction, one of the leading journals in the world in the fields of Educational Research and Educational Psychology.

Professor Lars-Erik Malmberg

Keynote Speaker
Lars-Erik Malmberg started off as a primary school teacher in Finland, and is now Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education, at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK. He is also Docent in Education with a particular focus on quantitative methods, at Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland, where he earned his Doctoral degree. He spent a post-doc year at Yale University and enjoyed the prestigious Research Councils UK (RCUK) academic fellowship between 2007 and 2012 at Oxford. He has around 70 publications (book chapters and peer-reviewed papers). He is associate editor of the Journal of Learning and Instruction. His current research interests are on intrapersonal approaches to learning processes, and modelling of intrapersonal data using multilevel structural equation models. He has published on the effects of education, teacher development, child care and parenting on developmental and educational outcomes.

Professor Theo Wubbels

Keynote Speaker
Theo Wubbels is an emeritus professor of education of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Formerly he was among others physics teacher and principal in a Montessori highschool, associate professor and director of teacher education in the Institute of Education. As a full professor in education from 1991 onwards he became dean of the Institute of Education (1994-2002) and then moved to the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. In this faculty he was among others chair of the Department of Education and associate dean for academic affairs. His main research interests developed in his career from the pedagogy of physics education, via problems and supervision of beginning teachers and teaching and learning in higher education to studies of learning environments and especially interpersonal relationships in education. His most recent work focuses on multicultural classes, assessment of teacher interpersonal behavior, teacher learning and teacher cognitions about interpersonal relationships. He published widely in international journals and books and is fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Among others he was associate editor of the journal Learning Environments Research and at present president of the European Educational Research Association.


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