Practice-Based Education Summit 2015 (PBE) (PBE Summit 2015)

Organization: The Education For Practice Institute

Venue: Waterview in Bicentennial Park

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Event Date/Time: Apr 15, 2015 / 9:00 am - (GMT +10:00 hours) End Date/Time: Apr 16, 2015 / 5:00 pm - (GMT +10:00 hours)
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 05, 2014
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Practice-Based Education Summit

15-16 April, 2015 Sydney

The fifth international Practice-Based Education (PBE) Summit is an opportunity for delegates to discuss possibilities for future professional education with a particular focus on professionalism and citizenship. At the heart of much research into professional and practice-based education today are concepts of pedagogy that educate graduates for future practices.

We are living in times where international markets drive local university curricula; international professional federations stipulate professional accreditation criteria and mobile technology brings about changes in learning and teaching. Underpinned with these global economic conditions, traditional concepts of professionalism and citizenship are changing.

The focus of education for professionalism and citizenship is also shifting. The concept of professionalism is torn between traditional ideas of trust, self-regulation, discipline-specific expert knowledge and autonomy, and organisational control with performance targets and global regulations. Citizenship education continues to expand from conventional ideas of legal rights education to embrace consumer, social media, environmental, democratic, global and intercultural dimensions. We will share, scrutinise and debate innovations and showcases; theorising about how professional education at universities contributes to professionalism and citizenship.


Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park


The Education For Practice Institute
Suite 1.01
New South Wales

Conference Speakers

  • Prof Trevor Gale, Chair of Education Policy and Social Justice, Deakin University
  • Prof Melanie Walker, Senior Research Professor of Higher Education and Human Development, University of the Free State
  • Prof James Arvanitakis, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, University of Western Sydney
  • Prof Barney Dalgarno, Professor and Co-Director uImagine Digital Innovation Laboratory, Charles Sturt University
  • Dr Rick Flowers, Head of Adult Education and Postgraduate Programs, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Uncle Chicka Madden, Gadigal Elder, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Prof Garry Marchant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Charles Sturt University
  • Prof Jo-Anne Reid, Presiding Officer of Academic Senate and Professor of Education, Charles Sturt University
  • Assoc Prof Nancy Sturman, Academic Coordinator General Practice Rotation, University of Queensland
  • Prof Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University

Exhibits included


You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper or poster presentation for the two-day conference

Abstracts will be included in the Summit’s proceedings.

Presentations should address the Summit’s title and sub-questions:

Professionalism and citizenship: Possibilities for professional education

  • Where in a course is professionalism and citizenship best promoted?
  • In economic rational times where is the curriculum space for social justice education?
  • Who defines professionalism, professions or organisations?
  • What pedagogies are needed for the 21st century learner and global citizen?
  • How do we engage students in tensions of personal, professional and public interests?
  • How are universities taking up learning spaces and places to advance professionalism and citizenship?
  • What is the scope of professional decision making and autonomy in times of increased regulations and bureaucracy?

The call for abstracts close on 5 December 2014

Email the completed form along with your registration form and payment to

All presenters need to register for the Summit. To register please go to the EFPI website (details above).