School of Education at Comparative and International Education Society 2019.

School of Education at Comparative and International Education Society 2019.

Issued: Thu, 02 May 2019 09:19:00 BST

The School’s strengths in comparative and international education were represented by three staff members at this year’s CIES conference in San Francisco, on the theme of ‘Education for Sustainable Development’.  CIES is the largest conference in this field and this year attracted about 3600 scholars and practitioners from around the world.

Dr Oscar Valiente and Dr Adrian Zancajo participated in the panel TVET, Skills Development and the World of Work: Researching Institutions, Policy Frameworks and Policy Change.  Oscar and Adrian presented on their project research into the limitations of the rights based approach to education, with evidence from TVET policy reforms in Chile.  The session was received enthusiastically and helped to gather momentum for a CIES Special Interest Group on Technical and Vocational Education.  Adrian also presented in two other panels on privatisation in education.

Professor Michele Schweisfurth together with collaborator Dr Matthew Thomas from the University of Sydney presented a paper on their BAICE-funded project ‘Revisiting Comparative Pedagogy’.  The paper was situated on a panel on effective pedagogy in cultural context.  The panel was held at 8:00 am on day one of the conference; whether it was jetlag, day one enthusiasm, or the papers, there was standing room only. Michele also chaired and acted as respondent for a panel on revising intervention design in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Girls Education Challenge. 

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