WAALC Conference • 11-12 July, 2012
Central Institute of Technology Perth
At the heart of the matter – identity and trust in adult learning
As the OECD becomes convinced that the best performing education systems are those that strive for equity and quality, Australia continues to put its faith in the power of measurement and accountability to deliver ‘market changes’ that will improve outcomes in all our education sectors. This conference will place people – teachers and learners – at the heart of educational quality. We want to move away from framing debates around policy imperatives, economic outcomes and abstractions such as ‘core skills’ or ’employability skills’. We are asking the question: what makes learning work for people?
What causes a person to be able to learn? How do people develop resilience? What does it take to build confidence? What is it that teachers need to know and understand about their adult learners and their learner’s lives? How do differences between the identities of teachers and those of their learners impact on relationships and learning? How can teachers develop relationships with learners that enable them to understand how a person thinks and feels and does things? How will they use this understanding to create environments in which people can more successfully learn?
And what of the people who are teachers? What do teachers need from the system so that they can continue their own learning? What skills and knowledge do beginning teachers need – does initial training provide these? How can teachers use the variety of strengths they find in their students to harness learning energy? How can teachers consciously build social capital in their learning environments as a basis for and outcome of learning? How can teachers get support from their peers?
Develop a proposal now if you have information to share that will renew our focus on the heart of the matter: ways of working that meet the needs of learners and, as a natural result, achieve better outcomes for the wider society as well.
Call for papers closes 24 April 2012
ACAL Conference – Joining the Pieces: Literacy and Numeracy – one part of the picture
19-21 Sept • Hobart
The 2012 ACAL conference will explore three key questions about adult literacy and numeracy. These questions are about how we connect, co-operate and create.
Submit a proposal for a session that will:
- stimulate thought and discussion on relevant issues and practice
- be interactive and encourage dialogue
- display innovation and flexibility in practice/research
- demonstrate effective practice in a range of settings
- exemplify adult learning principles
- critique changes in state and federal government policies and priorities
- communicate developments and findings in research and research practices.
Proposals are due by 12 May, 2012
VALBEC Annual conference ‘Read the word, Read the world • May 25 2012
Venue: William Angliss Conference Centre Melbourne
The program offers plenary sessions and a choice from fourteen workshops. Keynote speaker is Rowena Allen ACFE Chair.
Registrations are now open
Australian Council of TESOL Associations International TESOL Conference (ACTA) • Cairns • 3rd to 5th July 2012
‘TESOL as a Global Trade – Ethics, Equity and Ecology’
Pre-conference symposium Monday 2 July 2012 at the Cairns Convention Centre
‘Teaching and learning pronunciation: Local and global perspectives on research and practice’
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES 20th APRIL 2012
Complete your registration and payment now to be eligible for the Early Bird discount registration.
Registration fees will be increased by $100 after the 20th April.
Registration to the Pronunciation Symposium held on the 2nd July is an
optional extra. Special discounts are offered to those attending the
International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics
The 19th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum (ALM19) is to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from Tuesday June 26 to Friday June 29 2012.
ALM is an international organisation which brings together practitioners and researchers who are involved in mathematics and numeracy education for adult learners in order to inform policy and practice. Information about the conference, the call for papers and registration are available at: http://literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/Professional-Development/Conferences/2012-ALM19-Conference