Education Transforms Symposium 2017


2nd Education Transforms Symposium

Start Date

11th Jul 2017

End Date

14th Jul 2017


University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

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The 2nd Education Transforms Symposium will be held at the Sandy Bay campus of the University of Tasmania from the afternoon of Tuesday 11 July to Friday 14 July 2017 inclusive. This international meeting brings together scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners to reflect on and share insights about our collective mission to raise aspirations for educational attainment.

The three key focuses are:

  • How do we support children and young people in need? 
  • What cutting-edge strategies work for learning in diverse contexts?
  • How can we work most effectively with families and communities to advance educational attainment?

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Keynote Speakers will include:

  • Sharon Bessell, Director of Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Sharon is especially interested in social policy, social justice and the human rights of children.
  • Bob Lingard, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Queensland. Bob is internationally known for his research in the sociology of education and education policy.
  • Andrew Hills, Professor of Sports and Exercise Science and Director of Research Development, University of Tasmania. Andrew is a world-leading clinician, researcher and public health advocate. He is committed to improving the health of young women before conception and during pregnancy, and to maternal and child health.
  • Yvonne Clark, University of Adelaide. Yvonne is interested in working with and research on Indigenous topics particularly for children and young people and in lateral violence and issues related to racism.
  • Gary McDarby, Chief Executive Officer, SenseCo Tasmania, University of Tasmania. Gary is committed to finding ways to ensure that state-of-the-art technology empowers vulnerable young people who are struggling in mainstream education.
  • Max Hope, University of Hull, UK. Max has a community development background and specialises in the study of alternative models of education including those which equalize student/teacher relationships. She is a member of the ‘Freedom to Learn’ project.

Key themes

  • Social, cultural and political dimensions of educational attainment
  • The future of education, learning, and training
  • Education to employment pathways
  • Communities, families, and individuals – well-being and attainment
  • The place-based and spatial dynamics of educational attainment

How you can engage

We welcome session proposals, papers, panel discussions, posters, and ideas for workshops and world café conversations.

Abstracts may be submitted by uploading them on the registration form. 

Please include the following details:

  • the theme you are interested in [listed above]
  • the title of your contribution [20 words maximum]
  • a 250-word abstract written in lay terms
  • up to 6 keywords
  • your full name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and a telephone number

For four-paper session proposals, please include the session rationale and proposals for all four papers in the email.

Click here to access papers from our first symposium in 2015.