RIPE: Research Informed Practice in Education



The purpose of the RIPE network is to bring together university researchers and classroom practitioners with the aim of promoting robust research informed practice in international education while providing the opportunity for all participants to benefit from a rich exchange of views and a broad range of experience. 

The network is structured in a series of hubs, each of which is comprised of at least one university and one international school. Both governmental and non-governmental organisations from wider society (e.g. UNESCO) are also encouraged to become involved. The close collaborative relationships established among member institutions allow us to collectively construct a deep understanding of dialogic teaching and learning in a plurilingual and pluricultural context

Participating institutions host events coordinated with other regional hubs represented in the network (currently Europe and East Asia). The content and structure of RIPE events should reflect the immediate needs and interests of regional hub members, however, participants from other member hubs are also welcome. 

Long term aims include the dissemination of publications on collaborative and school based research in a range of domains related to culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy and the politics of culture. The network seeks to empower practitioner researchers and build a shared body of knowledge that challenges hegemonic notions of traditionally legitimate sources of knowledge and pedagogy in the complex context of international education. 

In addition to conferences, future aims will include the creation of a website as well as masters and post-graduate student and early career academic network.  

The RIPE Network is part of the International Schools Network (ISN):

ISN is a new online peer-to-peer community for international schools and their leaders. The ISN platform will enable international school leaders to connect directly with their peers from around the world and share articles, expertise, insights and best practice across a broad spectrum of key topics within international schools and international education more generally.