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EdDevTrust research on the stage in San Fran

Research Officer, Rachael Fitzpatrick, presented on the findings of our study into what lies behind Vietnam’s learning success at this year’s Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in San Francisco from 14-18 April. With more than 3,000 registrants attending some 800 sessions across four days, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘education for sustainability’.

The conference is the biggest annual gathering in North America of academics, researchers, practitioners and policymakers working on comparative and international education. Attendees can choose from multiple parallel sessions – sometimes nearly 30 happening at once – running from 8am through to 6.30pm each day with different invitation-only receptions and keynote addresses happening into the late evenings. The conference has 31 special interest groups (SIGs) which run sessions around specific themes like language issues, Africa, teacher education and teaching profession.

As co-author of the report, Promising practice: government schools in Vietnam, Rachael used the session to explore a broad range of key themes influencing Vietnam’s learning success: policy, accountability, teachers and teaching, school leadership and parents. Rachael was presenting alongside researchers Caine Rolleston and Padmini Iyer from Oxford University’s Young Lives, and Paul Glewwe from Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE). 

The panel took a collegiate approach to sharing research findings from three different studies: Rachael shared the top five key findings from our report on the Vietnamese education system; Caine and Padmini presented on Vietnam’s ethnic minority boarding school policy that is seeking to address inequities in the system; and Paul presented his preliminary statistical analysis into Vietnam’s success using Young Lives’ survey and assessment data.   

‘The conference was a great platform to share the findings of our Vietnam report and we were delighted to have our paper accepted,’ commented Rachael Fitzpatrick. ‘The audience were engaged and it was interesting to be able to present our report’s findings in a collegiate way alongside fellow researchers from Young Lives and RISE. All presenters referenced one another’s work and it was great to be part of such an open and collaborative approach to disseminating research.’