Thursday, November 17, 2016

The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017)

Join us in Brighton next spring for The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017), June 29 to July 2, 2017.

***ECE2017 at a glance

The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017) will be held alongside The European Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ECLL2017) in the cosmopolitan city of Brighton, UK.

Submit your abstract now to participate in this international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event.

**Location: The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK
**Dates: Thursday, June 29 to Sunday, July 2, 2017
**Abstract Submission Deadline: February 16, 2017
**Enquiries: ece@iafor.org

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: iafor.org/ece2017-call-for-papers

Already had your abstract accepted? Register now: iafor.org/ece2017-registration

To find out about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website: ece.iafor.org

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***ECE2017 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 to 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, as well as 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 you a warm welcome in 2017.

– The ECE2017 Organising Committee (iafor.org/ece2017-committee)

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***Programme

**Professor Brian Hudson, University of Sussex, UK

Brian Hudson is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. He is the main organiser of the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Didactics – Learning and Teaching; a member of the WERA Outreach Committee; an Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and a Board Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network. He is Honorary Member of the EERA Network on Didactics – Learning and Teaching, Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Leadership at the University of Ghana.

Further speakers for The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017) will be announced in the coming months.

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***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-reviewed journal: IAFOR Journal of Education

The IAFOR Journal of Education (joe.iafor.org) is an editorially independent journal associated with ECE. The Editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated conference proceedings for inclusion. This open access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings. Our conference proceedings are open access research repositories, which act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Submit your paper: iafor.org/ece2017-final-paper-submission

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***Join IAFOR at ECE2017 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Education, Language Learning, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is open until March 16, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration page for details: www.iafor.org/ece2017-registration

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at ece@iafor.org for details.

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***About IAFOR

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit www.iafor.org. For enquiries please contact ece@iafor.org.

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