The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners is proud to announce the First IAFOR North American Conference on Education to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, United States on September 25 – 28, 2014 at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
“Transforming and Changing Education: Power, In/equalities and Social Justice”
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, 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.
In this conference – one of a series of three to be held in 2014 on transforming and changing education – participants are invited to explore the ways in which learning and teaching can be challenged and re/created through change and transformation.
This conference will explore the transformative effects of education through critiques of power, in/equalities and social justice, including:
- how constructs of learner identities as ‘self’ and ‘other’ are defined and acted out through spaces of marginalisation
- how constructions of learner identities shape possibilities for social justice and transformation
Constructions of knowledge
- how understandings of ‘knowledge’ are constructed for learners and teachers through challenging and transforming educational inequalities
- how hierarchies of ‘knowledge’ are determined and played out through constructs of power
- how transformative pedagogies can challenge educational inequalities
- how learners and teachers can transform and change education through challenging social injustices
The role of educational institutions
- how educational institutions endorse and/or challenge educational inequalities
- how hidden differences and inequalities are played out in education, and the pedagogical challenges this raises
All abstracts should clearly state how the proposal is related to the conference theme of NACE, “Transforming and Changing Education: Borderlands of Becoming and Belonging” and the sub-theme(s) which are being addressed. IAFOR conferences aim to be multi-, inter– and trans-disciplinary and presenters should not feel constrained by disciplinary barriers. Papers will be located in one or more of the following streams, and this should be indicated in the abstract:
Learning and teaching in times of transformation
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 journals associated with the conference.
International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary
The IAFOR North American Conference on Education 2014 is organized as part of a five week series of academic events in the US organized by IAFOR. Those attending the NACE2014 will have the opportunity of attending The IAFOR North American Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (NACP2014) for no extra charge.