Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Asian Conference on Education and International Development 2017 (ACEID2017)

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR), our Global Academic Partners, and the 2017 Conference Committee, we invite you to join us in Kobe, Japan for The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 (ACEID2017). Join us at the Art Center of Kobe from March 26 - 29 as we discuss this year's conference theme, "Education for Change" along with International Director of Program Sue Jackson, conference co-chairs Haruko Satoh, Monty Satiadarma, and more.

Be a part of ACEID2017 by submitting an abstract for oral, poster or virtual presentation, organize your own symposium or participate as an audience member in this international, intercultural and interdisciplinary event.

Submit your abstract by November 15:
Visit the conference website:

***ACEID2017 Conference Committee:

Professor Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Dr. Monty P. Satiadarma
Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

Professor Sue Jackson
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

***Join ACEID2017 and:

- Present your research to delegates from around the world
- Have your research published in the conference proceedings and considered for IAFOR's internationally peer-reviewed, open-access journals
- Hear the latest research in Education, International Development & more!
- Network and create research synergies with academics, researchers and professionals from more than 40 different countries
- Explore the beautiful city of Kobe, Japan and the surrounding Kansai area including Kyoto, Nara and Osaka

Register for this event:
*Save 20% on registration before December 15, 2016 with our Early Bird Rate.
*Delegates that have attended a previous IAFOR event or belong to one of our Global Partner Institutions are eligible for additional discounts on registration. Please contact us for details.

***Conference Theme: "Educating for Change"

Whether we are looking at why we must change, or how education has changed or even how education will change, change affects all of us involved in language education in many ways. Administrators, teacher trainers, teachers, students: we all wear many hats and we all come face-to-face with change, sometimes on a daily basis. Positive change is about improvement: improving proficiency, improving lives, helping learners achieve their goals and dreams and ultimately, broadening horizons.

In our work as educators we are often asked to effect change – that we are change-makers can be seen in the new curriculums, new material, and even new techniques or methods that we develop. For those of us who conduct research, our research is often focused on finding "better" or more effective ways of teaching, often measured in outcomes such as 'students entered with an average of X and improved to an average of Y'. In such a case, improvement = change. But change is also an area of research as can be seen by looking at journals such as the Journal of Educational Change, Changes in Higher Education, Culture and Change, and Educational Research for Social Change, to mention four. It is a serious area of study, and one worth our attention.

The focus of the last journal mentioned above is worth looking at. Change is not only about test scores or proficiency going up; it is also about lasting change in one's life, life choices, and looking beyond us as individuals, the society we live in. Social change and a focus on improving the societies we live in is another outcome of education. In recent years, there has been a focus on language and identity and there has been an embrace of sociocultural theory and language development.

At the same time change for the sake of change is not a good reason for change. There is often a tension between the status quo (which is not always bad) and the desire to change. As invested members of our field, we need to be able to examine change, identifying and applying that which is appropriate and will further our goals while also having the wisdom and gumption to reject change that does not make sense. As Dewey said, "reforms which rest simply upon the enactment of law, or the threatening of certain penalties, or upon changes in mechanical or outward arrangements are transitory and futile."

And so we welcome you to this year's conferences, where we can examine change in ways that are important to each of us. What are its challenges, its complexities, and its constraints? It is electrifying to think about the wide-ranging conversations we will have as we consider how we can go about educating for change the world over.

In conjunction with our global partners we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in 2017.

***Conference Thematic Streams

The conference theme for ACEID2017 is "Educating for Change", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

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?
'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 intercultural communication
Education for international exchange
Challenges of new technologies
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

Submit your abstract:

***Optional Events
Pre-Conference Tour of Kyoto -Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 12,000 JPY
The old Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is the country's cultural and historical centre. The ancient capital is home to hundreds of temples and includes 17 World Heritage sites. Kyoto is an amazing mix of nature, traditional buildings, and modern-day Japan. Join us as we spend the day touring Kyoto, learning more about this area's vast history and deep cultural heritage.

Official Conference Welcome Reception - Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 18:00-19:30 - FREE
Join fellow delegates for a drink or two at the Conference Welcome Reception. This is a great opportunity to network and get to know fellow delegates, which all registered presenters and audience members are warmly welcome to attend. Admission is included as part of your registration fee.

Official Conference Dinner - Monday, March 27, 2017 – 19:00-21:30 - 5,000 JPY
The official Conference Dinner will be held in a private function room at a nearby restaurant. It is a great opportunity to enjoy some delicious food while networking with fellow delegates. This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Post-Conference Tour of Nara - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12,000 JPY
Set in the rolling hills and verdant ancient forest of the Nara Prefecture in south-central Honshu, Nara was Japan's first capital city and is a key part of Japan's cultural legacy. Join IAFOR on a tour of the city, which is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites and a wealth of temples and artwork, which date back as far as the 8th century. Highlights include becoming acquainted with the friendly local deer, visiting Todai-ji and its impressive 15-meter bronze Buddha and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, which boasts hundreds of beautiful bronze lanterns. The tour will be led by an experienced guide, and will include a traditional Japanese lunch, as well as the 90-minute bus ride from Kobe.

***IAFOR's events on Education

IAFOR's education conferences are held across three continents, attracting more than 2,000 delegates a year from more than 100 countries. Education as an (inter)discipline drives the purpose of the forum by bringing alive the notions of the international, the intercultural and the interdisciplinary through scholarly, political, and personal encounters with some of the most important academics and practitioners working in the field, as well as the thought leaders of tomorrow.

Our education conferences are organised in partnership with some of the world's most prestigious universities and schools of education, including Birkbeck, University of London, University of Glasgow, National Institute of Education (Singapore), Waseda University, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Indonesia and Virginia Tech.

Our conferences have included featured addresses by teachers and academics, university presidents, government ministers, journalists, and policy makers, as well as academic fora around some of the pressing issues in the fields of education.

We invite you to use the IAFOR platform to share and test your ideas with scholars around the world, and to join us very soon at one of our education conferences.

***About IAFOR

IAFOR welcomes thousands of academics to our conferences each year, which range in size from around 100 to in excess of 500 attendees. They do so because of the supportive and nurturing research environment, because of the unique networking opportunities, and because of the strength of the organization's platform.

Our conferences are meticulously planned and programmed under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programs of the highest level, and are also quite unique in the way in which they are supported by some of the world's leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Monash University (Australia), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR).

IAFOR's credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and has grown to be the most respected and trusted organization encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study. The organization is a formative influence in providing new research avenues and visionary development solutions necessary in our rapidly emerging globalized world.

We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, as we look forward to breaking new ground, together.

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