Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ECE 2015 - The European Conference on Education

ECE 2015 - The European Conference on Education
1st to 5th July 2015
Brighton. United Kingdom

Join IAFOR in the seaside city of Brighton, UK from July 1-5, for ECE 2015. Explore the conference theme, "Education, Power and Empowerment: Changing and Challenging Communities" in an international, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary setting.

Enquiries: ece@iafor.org
Web address: http://iafor.org/iafor/conferences/ece2015/
Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

ECE 2015 Conference Chair
Professor Sue Jackson
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Sue Jackson is Pro-Vice-Master (Vice-President) for Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck University of London. She publishes widely in the field of gender and lifelong learning, with a particular focus on identities.

Sue's recent publications include Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning (Routledge, 2011); Gendered Choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning (Springer, 2011, with Irene Malcolm and Kate Thomas); and Lifelong Learning and Social Justice (NIACE, 2011).

Sue is also the Director of the IAFOR Education Research Institute.

About IIAFOR's Education Conferences

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 inter-cultural 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.

IAFOR has five annual education conferences, exploring common themes in different ways to develop a shared research agenda which develops interdisciplinary discussion, heightens inter-cultural awareness and promotes international exchange.

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Conference Theme and Streams

Conference Theme: "Education, Power and Empowerment: Changing and Challenging Communities"

In this conference - one of a series of five held in 2015 on education, power and empowerment - participants are invited to explore and question ways in which education can change, empower and challenge communities and the ways in which communities can challenge structures and constructions of 'education'. 'Communities' should be explored in their fullest meanings. Abstracts should address one or more of the streams below, identifying a relevant sub-theme:

Sub-Themes:
Education, power and community development?
Education: local and global communities of practice?
Communities of difference?
Virtual spaces of educational communities?
Power and empowerment in learning communities?

Streams

LEARNING AND TEACHING IN COMMUNITY SPACES
Education: social justice and social change ?
Education: social and political movements ?
Education and post-colonialism ?
Education for sustainable development ?
Conflicting perspectives in learning and teaching ?
Digital technologies and communications ?
Educational change through technologies?

CHALLENGING AND PRESERVING TRADITIONAL CULTURES
'Englishes' in global communication
Bi-cultural, bi-lingual and bi-national education
Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Linguistics and Pedagogy
Multilingual societies
Education for interdisciplinary thinking
Education for inter-cultural communication
Education for international exchange
Challenges of new technologies

LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES
Primary and secondary education
Higher education
Adult and lifelong learning
Technology enhanced and distance learning
International Schools and Educational goals
Educational Policy, Leadership, Management and Administration
Curriculum Research and Development
Economic Management 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

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