2011 Value and Virtue Conference Feedback
What did you like most about the conference?
I found this a refreshingly relaxed Conference. The keynote
speakers were interesting and also entertaining. Academic content
was handled in an enjoyable and interactive way. There was a good
sense of collegiality and mutual support in the Panel sessions.
Good practice was modelled in the style of presentations and there
was a helpful demonstration of the relationship of theory to
Opportunity to talk to Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead and
have learning conversations with new colleagues
Its spirit: palpably inclusional.
Julian and Jean's keynotes were excellent. It was an
opportunity to meet people doing action research. This is the first
conference I have presented at - it was really nice to do it on
'home turf' and to people whose motivation was to make a difference
in their own context.
Meeting colleagues from a wide range of disciplines the
sharing of practice and ideas the informal yet professional
approach everyone took
Meeting others and sharing our practice The informality,
friendliness and welcome combined with good organisation. The
variety of presentations, which covered a wide range of topics -
the grouping of similar topics made for interesting and interactive
The range of presentations and focus on practice
The atmosphere and the warmth. The group were self-selecting
and since all knew Jean, it could be expected that the group would
show those characteristics. The ambassadors were, as you know,
superb and added enormously to the conference. The fact that they
participated and got a lot out of it themselves is a pleasant
The balance between formality and informality. The way the
Conference was run and the chances to catch up with old friends and
make new ones. The excellence of the helpdesk and facilities
The opportunity to meet different people and to learn about
The opportunity to present new ideas and learn from others.
Networking beyond our methodology camp
The presentations and tone of the conference were excellent.
It reminded me why I am in academia!
The quality of the atmosphere generated by the conference
organisers and keynote speakers. I also liked the quality of every
presentation I attended because of the quality of participation
stimulated by the speakers
The range of topics covered and the quality of each
presenter - clearly a good selection process.
The Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference
is among the most valuable professional development opportunities
I've experienced. I particularly enjoyed and valued they keynote
presentations made by Jeanne McNiff and Julian Stern and found the
breakout sessions to be quite valuable and relevant to my own
The warmth and high level of interaction of both conference
attenders and the organisers
The way people from different areas of the world were happy
to talk together and share their experiences.
There was plenty of opportunity in the discussion groups and
workshops to hear contributions from a wide range of perspectives
and to offer and exchange some thoughts/ideas/possibilities; more
time for this would have been valuable.
As someone very new to research and very much at the
beginning of my journey I was made to feel welcome and included
even as a fairly unqualified delegate in comparison to others. The
workshops were an invaluable opportunity to share and
Very helpful assistants
Everything actually! The people, the keynotes, the
symposium, networking excellent. Thank you.
The atmosphere, and overall the people
All the presentations and York
Very friendly and open atmosphere. Promoted discussion in a
supported environment. Felt like a community.
I like the idea of meeting other people working on practice
based research and the sessions emphasising the value and virtue of
practice based research.
The friendly atmosphere
Julian and Jeans keynote. The immense hospitality of YSJ
staff. Rapport and empathy between us all as delegates/presenters.
The socially constructed learning.
Variety of topics covered.
The warmth and the humour of Action Research.
The spirit of collaboration, support and enthusiasm
The vocational atmosphere
Meeting others. Interesting conversations and
The conference staff were superb. Please thank them for
their efficient kindness. I loved the atmosphere. The key notes
were great, thought provoking and enjoyable. There was a range of
topics in the workshops.
The opportunity to listen to keynote speakers and colleagues
from a variety of disciplines which caused me to reflect on my own
practice and consider ways to move forward.
High quality of speaker friendly helpful of
Brilliantly organised. Meeting inspiring people in a setting
of inspiring and stimulating subject matter. The link with religion
was especially welcome.
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