The International Academic Forum in partnership with Waseda University (Japan), Birkbeck University of London (UK), The National Institute of Education (Singapore) and The National University of Tainan (Taiwan), and its global partners is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Education, to be held from October 25-28 2012, in Osaka, Japan.
The Asian Conference on Education is an interdisciplinary international conference that invites academics and independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. Since its inception in 2009, ACE has welcomed over one thousand academics and practitioners to its annual Osaka event.
The 2012 conference will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education. Academics working in Japan and Asia will be encouraged to forge working relationships with each other, as well as with colleagues from Europe and the US, facilitating partnerships across borders.
Learning and Teaching Through Transformative Spaces
As previous Asian Conferences on Education have shown, education and lifelong learning can be seen as a solution to a host of local and global problems whilst globalized education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically and culturally diverse. Nevertheless, knowledge is often defined through discourses embedded in Western paradigms, whilst globalised education systems become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies.
The Fourth Asian Conference on Education extends these discussions to consider the pedagogic challenges of developing transformative spaces for learning and teaching. The conference organizers encourage submissions that consider learning and teaching through one of the following sub-themes, although submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome:
- Challenges and transformations in learning and teaching
- Virtual spaces: digital technologies and communications
- Connections and disconnections in learning and teaching
- Learning and teaching in glocal spaces of transformation
- Space, Architecture and Learning
- Global education and education for sustainable development
- 'Englishes' and cultural communications
- (Inter)cultural communications & understanding: challenging and preserving cultural differences
- Leadership in in learning and teaching
- Bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-national education
ACE 2012 Conference Co-chairs
Professor Sue Jackson: Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor Michiko Nakano: Professor of Education & Director of the Distance Learning Center, Waseda University, Tokyo
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of Education.