THEMES

Overall Theme 2006: Living Issues in Education

Theme 1: Educational Values and Values in Education
  • What kinds of people? Reviewing the fundamentals of education.
  • Education’s role in responding to social challenges.
  • Developing people in a world of technology.
  • Maintaining culture and identity in the face of global pressures.
  • Creating community in educational settings.
  • When minorities add up to majorities: the new mainstream.
  • The changing purposes of education: shaping new kinds of worker, citizen and personal identities.
  • Learning in and about cultural environments: identity, belonging and the cultural conditions of learning.
  • Values in education and values education.
  • The costs and benefits of freedom: citizenship, responsibility and community.
  • Roles for learning: equity, social justice and social change.
  • Special education, learning difficulties, disability.
  • Diversity in the classroom: cultural, gender, (dis)ability.
  • International, global, multicultural and cross-cultural education.
  • Education for first nations or indigenous peoples.
  • Knowing the world in order to transform the world: education for personal and contextual transformation.
Theme 2: Transforming Literacies
  • Languages of Power: literacy’s role in social access.
  • Literacy and literacies: new perspectives and approaches.
  • Reading and writing since the computer: the screen and connectivity.
  • The visual and the verbal: multiliteracies and multimodal communications.
  • Literacy in learning: language in learning across the subject areas.
  • Libraries in the digital age.
  • Assessing literacies in a meaningful way.
  • Languages education and second language learning.
  • Multilingual learning for a multicultural world.
  • Girls, boys and literacy.
  • The arts and design.
  • Academic literacies.
  • Adult, community and workplace literacies.
Theme 3: Humanising Science and Technology
  • Crossing the digital divide: access to learning in, and about, the digital world.
  • Multimedia, the internet and today's media: educational challenges and responses.
  • New tools for learning: online, multimedia and digitally mediated learning.
  • Virtual worlds, virtual classrooms: interactive, self-paced and autonomous learning.
  • Technology and human values.
  • Apprenticeship and other models of technical and further education.
  • Mathematics, science and technology learning.
  • Learning in and about the natural environment: learning about science, nature and the human presence.
Theme 4: Sites of Learning
  • Learning environments: the changing shape of educational institutions, and changing sites of learning.
  • Curriculum and pedagogy revisited.
  • Formal and informal learning.
  • Lifelong learning for the society of constant change.
  • Learning in local communities: community consultation as an educational process.
  • Popular and community education.
  • Adult, vocational, tertiary and professional learning.
  • The learning organisation.
  • Equity, participation and opportunity: addressing disadvantage in education.
  • Pedagogies for a world in flux.
  • Intelligence or ability, competence or capacity: what are the ends of education?
  • Creating learning pathways: between the real world and places of learning.
  • Teachers' work: how is it changing?
  • Educational leadership and management: how to create institutional change.
  • Educational reform and curriculum redesign for a changing world.
  • Challenges for teacher training and professional development.
  • Distance learning: reducing the distance.
  • The future of the university: its links to work, citizenship and identity.
  • Vocational education and training for the future.
  • Educational leadership, management, and organisational change.
  • New teachers and new teaching: the role of pre-service and inservice professional training.