International Conference on Professional Development in Higher Education

International Conference on Professional Development in Higher Education: Trends and Practices, Prospects and Innovations (March 19-20, 2018)

Call for Papers

Education landscape has been rapidly changing across the globe including Pakistan. Teachers need to question their traditional pedagogies and learn more about new pedagogies which enable students to become global and inquiry-minded citizens. Hence, teacher educators, policy makers and reformists may think about alternative framework of pedagogies for teachers to educate students more effectively. We need powerful and effective teaching in higher education that helps students learn how to use knowledge in new situations, to use technologies that have not been invented yet, and to solve problems that haven't yet identified are still latent. Powerful teaching aims at developing young people who can face their future with intelligence - 'knowing what to do when you don't know what to do'. For this purpose, there is need of a redefined professionalism that recognizes teachers' work as complex, based on specialized knowledge and skills, inquiry oriented investigation of pedagogical practices, empowering learning environment by facilitating and guiding learner, collaborative, cooperative and reflective approaches for construction of knowledge, research and inquiry for their teachers' professional development (Pedder, 2017). There is a growing realization that Professional Development (PD) of faculty is pivotal in terms of bringing a significant change in the quality of education and solving problems. It is critically important because a country's modernization and development depend on the quality of its education system that is indebted to the quality of teacher education. Teachers cannot be replaced with any type of instructional materials, and in fact good teachers are far more important than grand buildings, rich curricula and expensive equipment. Well-designed PD may be considered an essential component of a comprehensive system of teaching and learning that supports students to develop knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to thrive in the 21st century.

However, researches and reports reveal that the quality of teaching-learning is questioned due to content and text-book focused teaching, examination geared learning, ignoring practice on the cost of theory, woefully oblivious to the ground realities, uncontextualised and uncritical borrowing of policies and practices from developed countries, chronic pedagogies that promote rote learning than developing students' conceptual understanding, higher order thinking and problem-solving competencies.  There is a generally held opinion among educationists that majority of the faculty lacks to engage students in constructive and critical communication in caring and compassionate environment by practicing 'pedagogies  of  turn' by Russell  'signature pedagogy' by Shulman (2005), 'pedagogy of hope' by Freire (1994) and  'critical reflective'  according to  Moon (2008). The situation demands that a thorough investigation be made to explore the factors that ensure the quality PD in higher education and finds out innovative approaches that are embedded to national, cultural, political, technological and academic context. Therefore, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad with the collaboration of Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi planned to organize an international conference to revisit the practices and trends of PD at national and international level in higher education to address the challenges and issues for developing and implementing dynamic, progressive, student centered, constructive, technological and collaborative framework for PD by harnessing the experiences and intellectual input from national and international experts.

The conference will provide opportunities for educationists, researchers, academia with different experiences to explore framework for bringing all the segments of education into perfect harmony to one another for enhancing the standards of PD in Pakistan. It may initiate a multi-level dialogue among teacher educators and researchers (both nationally and internationally) for PD of faculty in higher education in Pakistan. It may help to transform our classrooms to become the places where our students are trained to think, create and search for innovative methods of solving problems. The conference, as part of a national effort is aimed at mobilizing educationists to develop resources and discover ways to deal with the current educational issues that challenge the academic world. The conference insight will help to recommend some radical changes on the status of PD to meet the targets of   National Education Policy 2009 for preparing scholar-teachers who could inform, instruct and inspire their students to become critical, constructive, contributing and caring members of Pakistani society. These changes cannot be introduced by merely discussing the problems and issues faced by the system. It requires in-depth understanding and planning of all the aspects, so that it may match with the manpower requirement of the nation.

Conference Themes


S.No.Major ThemesSub-Themes
1New teaching Paradigm and Practices
  • Professional practices in teaching
  • Instruction mechanisms in Professional learning process
  • Metacognitive approach to instruction
  • Depth of pedagogical content and assessment knowledge
2Technology embedded Teaching and Learning
  • Technology tools for Professional Teaching and Learning
  • Effective Use of  Web-Based Teaching


3New trends in Faculty Professional Development
  • Incorporation of technology into the content and delivery of professional development
  • Proliferation of centers for Professional teaching and learning
  • Student centered and process oriented focus on teaching
  • Professional Learning opportunities
4Building Professional Development Network/Collaboration
  • Establishing and promoting networks across the stakeholders (policy makers, teacher educators, researchers, experts, learners and community)
  • Establishing and promoting collaboration for professional development at national and international level


Abstract information:

Abstracts to be prepared in Microsoft Word format, font size 12 in Times New Roman throughout. Maximum word count 500 words. Please provide a title for the presentation and indicate which theme it relates too. APA referencing conventions are to be followed as the current (6th edition) American Psychological Association (APA).

Presentation information:

Each paper presentation will be of 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for Questions and Answers. The presentation materials, as well as an option to produce a full paper for wider distribution, are requested in advance of the conference. Details about the requirements for the paper will be provided on approval of the abstract.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission:                                                                   February 10, 2018

Approval of abstract:                                                                  February 20, 2018

Submission of full length paper and/or presentations:            March 05, 2018

E-mail addresses for sending abstract (please cc to all addresses):

Dr. Malik Ghulam Behlol

Cell. 0323-5067184

Dr. Farhana Khursheed

Ph.  051-9270050-58, ext. 199

Miss Mehwish Jabbar

Ph. 051-90800820


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