Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ECE2014 - The Second European Conference on Education

ECE2014 - The Second European Conference on Education
9th to 13th July 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom

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Sponsored by: The International Academic Forum
Abstract Deadline: March 1

2014 Conference Theme: Transforming and Changing Education: Borderlands of
Becoming and Belonging

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university
partners is proud to announce the Second European Conference on Education,
to be held from July 9-13, 2014, at the Thistle Hotel Brighton, in the
United Kingdom.

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a
supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience
the UK, explore Brighton, London and the South-East of England, join a
global academic community...

IAFOR promotes and facilitates new multifaceted approaches to one of the
core issues of our time, namely globalization and its many forms of growth
and expansion. Awareness of how it cuts across the world of education, and
its subsequent impact on societies, institutions and individuals, is a
driving force in educational policies and practices across the globe.
IAFOR's Conferences on Education have these issues at their core. The
conferences present those taking part with three unique dimensions of
experience, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating
heightened intercultural awareness and they promoting international
exchange. In short, IAFOR's Conferences on Education are about change and
transformation. As IAFOR's previous education conferences have shown,
education has the power to transform and change whilst it is also
continuously transformed and changed. The theme of transforming and
changing education continues into 2014 in the European, North American and
Asian Conferences on Education.

Globalized education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically
and culturally diverse. However, education is often defined through
discourses embedded in Western paradigms as globalised education systems
become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies. Policies,
practices and ideologies of education help define and determine ways in
which social justice is perceived and acted out. What counts as 'education'
and as 'knowledge' can appear uncontestable but is in fact both contestable
and partial. Discourses of learning and teaching regulate and normalise
gendered and classed, racialised and ethnicised understandings of what
learning is and who counts as a learner.

In many educational settings and contexts throughout the world, there
remains an assumption that teachers are the possessors of knowledge which
is to be imparted to students, and that this happens in neutral, impartial
and objective ways. However, learning is about making meaning, and learners
can experience the same teaching in very different ways. Students (as well
as teachers) are part of complex social, cultural, political, ideological
and personal circumstances, and current experiences of learning will depend
in part on previous ones, as well as on age, gender, social class, culture,
ethnicity, varying abilities and more.

The Second European Conference on Education
In this conference âАУ one of a series of three to be held in 2014 on
transforming and changing education âАУ participants are invited to explore
the educational borderlands of becoming and belonging, including
borderlands of geography, 'difference', culture, educational discourses,
policies and practices, and more. This conference will explore the
transformative effects of education through the borderlands of becoming and
belonging, including:

- how constructs of learner identities as 'self' and 'other' are negotiated
through the borderlands of becoming and belonging
- how these constructs shape senses of 'learner' and 'non-learner' for
marginalised individuals

Constructions of knowledge:
- how understandings of 'knowledge' are constructed for learners and
teachers through becoming and belonging
- how hierarchies of 'knowledge' are determined and played out in
educational borderlands

Transformative pedagogies:
- how transformative pedagogies can be developed and sustained within and
through borderlands
- how learners and teachers can use education to transform and change their
understandings of and engagement with becoming and belonging

The role of educational institutions:
- how educational institutions endorse and/or challenge binaries belonging
and unbelonging
- how hidden differences and inequalities are played out in educational
borderlands, and the pedagogical challenges this raises

We hope and expect the 2014 conference themes to inspire a number of
research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and
synergies, in this International Academic Forum.

We hope to see you at ECE2014!

Professor Sue Jackson
ECE 2013 Conference Chair
Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching,
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender,
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Professor Barbara Lockee
ECTC 2013 Conference Chair
Professor of Instructional Design and Technology
Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach in the School of
Virginia Tech, USA

Conference Streams:

Learning and teaching in times of transformation:
- Challenges and transformation in times of change
- Equity, social justice and social change
- Education and social and political movements
- Education, post-colonialism and globalisation
- Education for sustainable development
- Contested perspectives in learning and teaching
- Virtual spaces: digital technologies and communications
- Educational change through technologies

Challenging, transforming and preserving cultural differences:
- 'Englishes' and cultural communication
- Bi-cultural, bi-lingual and bi-national education
- Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)
- Language preservation
- Linguistics
- Literacy, languages, multiliteracies

Learning and teaching through educational structures:
- Primary and secondary education
- Higher education
- Adult and lifelong learning
- Technology enhanced and distance learning
- International Schooling and Education
- Educational Vision, Policy, Leadership, Management and Administration
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Economics of Education
- Institutional Accreditation and Ranking
- Organizational Learning and Change
- Professional Concerns, Training and Development
- Special Education, Learning Difficulties, Disability
- Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity
- Student affairs

Disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches, including:
- Arts, drama, design and music
- Educational research and development
- Psychology and sociology of education
- STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning
- Technology in learning
- Working through and beyond the disciplines

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