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Student-led Conference in Education 2017

Current Trends in Education

The University of Adelaide Student-led Conference in Education 2017 brings together scholars, researchers and Higher Degree Research students in an engaging environment that fosters dialogue and debate on issues, trends and challenges currently present in educational research and practice.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas O'Donoghue

We are pleased to announce Professor Thomas O'Donoghue from University of Western Australia as the Keynote Speaker. Professor O'Donoghue's presentation will address:
Preparing Professional Teachers for Providing a Quality Education.

Abstract: The value in education is that it can take students beyond training and instruction such that they are inducted into knowledge in a manner that makes their behavioural outcomes unpredictable. In other words, the good’ of education is that it goes beyond producing individuals who will be limited, predictable and uncreative. To achieve such a ‘good’, however, requires also that their teachers are not just ‘trained’ but ‘educated’. The presentation will elaborate on this by arguing that teachers, both at pre-service and at the level of continuing professional development need to be prepared according to three principles. These are as follows: teachers should have a very good command of the subject matter of their teaching areas; they should know how to teach; and they should engage in reflection not just in relation to their work at the classroom level, but also in relation to education more broadly. The view proposed is that these principles need to be followed in order for teaching to be considered a profession, for teachers to be considered professionals, and for students to be educated.


While the breadth of the conference focus, Current Trends in Education, allows most research students and scholars to present their latest findings, proposals that focus on the contemporary significance of their studies are strongly encouraged.

  • Theme 1Contemporary Trends in Educational Research

    This theme focuses on the practice and application of educational research. This specifically involves the developments, innovations or transformations in the following aspects, but not limited to:

    •  Research Methods
    •  Research instruments
    •  Analytical work
    •  Measurements and assessments
    •  Educational theories
    •  Research projects and funding
    •  Interdisciplinarity in educational research
    •  Foci and directions in educational research
    •  Implications of findings in educational research
  • Theme 2Contemporary Contexts in Education

    This theme brings together researchers interested in the broader frame of reference of education. Ranging from international to local settings, researchers are invited to discuss the following contemporary features of educational contexts?

    •  K-12 education
    •  Higher education
    •  Educational administration and governance
    •  Educational policy and leadership
    •  Curriculum studies
    •  Sociology of education
    •  Inclusive and/or special education
    •  School surveillance
    •  Adult and continuing education
    •  Social justice in education
  • Theme 3Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Education

    This theme covers overarching trends in education such as evidenced-based, ICT-based and/or resourced based teaching, learning and research compass to explore the multi-faceted perspectives among different stakeholders. This theme offers a forum for discussing teaching and learning related issues such as:

    •  Evidence-based teaching and learning practices
    •  Educational psychology
    •  Curriculum and disciplinary studies
    •  Scholarship of teaching and learning
    •  Pedagogy in learning settings
    •  ICT application in education
    •  Online assessment of teaching and learning
    •  Change in teaching and learning situations
    •  Teacher education and professional development
    •  Distance education and remote learning and teaching

Conference Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Closed: Download Conference Program Here

We encourage you to share your research and ideas with us and we look forward to productive and robust discussions on the issues that you raise. All participants will benefit from a supportive collegial environment and the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in their fields.

Please follow the abstract submission and proposal presentation guidelines as below:

  1. Your abstract should be no more than 250 words. Please describe the focus of your paper and list any other co-authors. You should also include 4 to 6 keywords.
  2. You should also provide your name, organizational affiliation, email address, mobile / phone number, title of your presentation, theme and biographical information of no more than 50 words.
  3. Click here to submit your abstract in word format, no later than 11 August, 2017.
  4. Click here to register for the conference:
    There is a maximum of 40 places reserved for HDR presenters and 30 places for General Attendees.
  5. Your presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussions and questions.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you on 21 September 2017

Lunch will be provided on the day.  Please specify any special dietary requirements you may have when you book here.

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