Rethinking the Purposes of Education and Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century
The Department of Educational Policy & Leadership at the University at Albany-SUNY and the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University invite proposals for the 2018 CIES Northeast Regional Conference, to be held on October 26-27, 2018 at the Downtown Campus of the University at Albany-SUNY. The conference theme is: Rethinking the Purposes of Education and Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century: National Priorities, Global Processes and Cradle-to-Career Models
The aims and purposes of education have evolved considerably over time: from inculcating moral, religious and ethical principles, to creating citizens identified with a national polity, to promoting needed skills and competencies for an industrializing or globalizing economy, to ensuring that children’s natural curiosity and potential are nurtured. Indeed, statements of the role of education in nation-building, economic growth and individual development can be found in most national constitutions and official policy documents.
In the wake of World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) enshrined education as a fundamental right to be valued in and of itself. It also stated that education should strengthen respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promote “understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups…” In the ensuing years, international agencies, civil society organizations and social movements have drawn upon the UDHR to broaden the purposes of education further. For example, key international policies argued that education should foster more inclusive and equitable societies, more participatory political systems, more opportunities for decent work and lifelong learning and more sustainable and resilient cities and communities. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by 193 UN Member States in 2015, captured this expansive array of educational purposes – linking education to the concepts of individual dignity, societal transformation and global sustainability.
The goals of education continue to be re-imagined and contested by local, national and global actors, who believe in, or take issue with, the power of education to affect the well-being of people and the planet. How statements of the purposes of education influence policy priorities, system reforms and school realities is an issue that deserves further exploration and analysis. With these complex and oftentimes contradictory forces at play, the conference organizers invite participants to address different analytical and policy-oriented questions about the aims and purposes of education. Proposers are invited, but not limited, to explore the following questions:
The organizers of the CIES 2018 Northeast Regional Conference invite proposals for: 1) individual paper proposals, 2) quick-fire talks and 3) poster sessions. Proposals should be based on original work that expands current knowledge in the field of comparative and international education or reconsiders existing educational policies and practices. Priority will be given to proposals that address conference themes. Individual proposals (not session proposals) are required in order to foster conversations among presenters from different institutions. As part of the registration process proposers can indicate relevant papers that have been submitted by other prospective participants.
Individual Paper Proposals: Proposers should submit a 500-750 word description of their paper. The proposal should be informed by theory and/or empirical data and prompt purposeful discussion. Typically, 3 related papers will be scheduled for a 75 minute session, providing approximately 15-20 minutes for each presenter and time for discussion. Paper proposals should convey new research, not previously published work.
Quick-fire Talks are brief presentations focusing on important ideas from a project, case study, innovative practice or emerging research study. Proposers need to provide a 250-300 word abstract about their quick-fire talk. 6-7 presenters will be grouped in a 75 minute session; each one will have 7-8 minutes (about 4-5 slides) to present their ideas, followed by a general discussion.
Poster Sessions: Proposers have the option to prepare a succinct presentation of pertinent research information (e.g., major arguments, research design, key findings) on a poster board, which will be on view throughout the conference. At designated time slots poster session presenters will be asked to stand by their poster and field questions. They may also choose to distribute handouts. The timing of these poster sessions will be announced once all sessions are finalized. Boards and pins will be provided for poster display. Poster proposals should be described in a 250-300 word abstract.
Language: Proposers who wish to give their presentation in an international language other than English (i.e., Mandarin, Russian, Arabic, French or Spanish) should submit their proposal in both that language and in English and note how they will make their presentation accessible to all. (Some possibilities include presenting in that language but showing a powerpoint in English; using both languages and having a powerpoint in both languages; using an interpreter; or making a handout available.) The organizers seek to create space for bi-/multilingual conversations wherever possible during the conference, with the aim of modelling multilingualism as inclusive conference practice for future CIES meetings.
All proposals must be submitted via the conference website. The deadline for submitting conference proposals is: September 24, 2018. Proposals submitted after this deadline with be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Criteria for review: Each proposal will be judged according to the following criteria: relevance, strength of theoretical framework or contextualization, critical analysis and methods, clarity and coherence, and originality and contribution to CIE. Proposal decisions will be emailed to first authors in mid- to late-September. Details about session dates and times will follow once the program is finalized.