Quality in Education: Teaching and Leadership in Challenging Times

Venue: Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development

Location: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Event Date/Time: Feb 21, 2006 End Date/Time: Feb 23, 2006
Registration Date: Feb 07, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 14, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Jan 30, 2006
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Quality in Education: Teaching and Leadership in Challenging Times
21-23 February, 2006
Aga Khan University, Karachi
Research and experience at AKU-IED and elsewhere has suggested that the quality of education is defined and determined by the larger social and political challenges in the context beyond the world of schools and classrooms. This raises important issues and questions for those who work to improve quality, such as: what is quality in education and who decides? What are local and global challenges to quality in education? What approaches, models, and strategies can be proposed to address these challenges? These are significant questions particularly in the context of developing countries and require innovative thinking in identifying ways forward.
AKU-IED proposes to conduct a series of conferences on the theme of quality in education. A major aim of these conferences will be to disseminate educational research and learning from the field experience of practitioners; debate issues of quality in education; and identify the key factors in the provision of quality education. The conferences will:
„X Provide a platform for the dissemination of educational research and field experiences
„X Enable discussion on issues of quality with reference to the conference themes
„X Promote networking and enable contact among various stakeholders engaged in educational research
The first conference will specifically focus on the following themes:
„X Quality in teacher education
„X Leadership for quality teaching
„X Globalisation, teaching & learning
Educational researchers and practitioners from around the world but particularly from developing countries are encouraged to contribute papers relevant to the conference themes. Abstracts of about 250-300 words should be submitted by November 14, 2005.

Key Note Speakers
21 February 2006
Dr. Quratulain Bakhteari
Director
Institute for Development Studies & Practices (IDSP), Pakistan

For more information on IDSP and Dr. Bakhteari, please click here.
22 February 2006
Professor Angela W. Little
Professor and Chair of Education (with special reference to developing countries)
Lifelong Education and International Development
Institute of Education
University of London, UK
For more information on Professor Little, please click here.
23 February 2006
Dr. Manzoor Ahmed
Project Director
Institute of Education and Development
BRAC, Bangladesh

For more information on Dr. Ahmed, please click here.

Submission Guidelines
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Abstracts of about 450-500 words related to conference themes should be submitted by 14 November, 2005. The abstracts can be based on a systematic research study or on reflective analysis of field experiences. In particular, they should include information about:
„X The research focus or propositions made on the basis of field experience
„X Methodology (in case of research paper)
„X Findings or lessons learnt
„X Conclusion and recommendations
Abstracts can be submitted for papers, symposia or posters through an online submission form, e-mail attachment or courier mail. They will be reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee and authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their submission. Presenters are expected to submit a full paper following abstract acceptance. This will be published in the conference proceedings. Please underline the name of presenting author(s). The papers can be co-authored but communication will be maintained with only one of the authors, who will be called the corresponding author and will be decided by the authors themselves. The corresponding author will be responsible for communicating with other author(s). In case of symposia, the convenor will be considered the corresponding author. For deadlines please refer to the list of important dates. Specific guidelines for different forms of presentations are given below:
1. Paper Presentations
Papers should preferably report on findings emerging from systematic research. Alternatively, they could also present a reflective analysis of field experiences. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
„X Each presentation will be allocated a total time of 35 minutes. This includes 20 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.
„X Each session will be chaired by an appointed session organiser.
„X Full papers to be submitted upon acceptance of abstract. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
2. Symposia
These provide an opportunity for examining specific aspects of a topic from a variety of perspectives. A convenor in consultation with panellists plans the symposia in advance. Furthermore, the proposed formats for the symposia seek to achieve greater interaction and exchange of information and ideas. The symposia can be based on paper presentations, or could also use other media such as video excerpts or other forms of multi-media. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
„X Symposia will be allocated 60 minutes. It will have a panel of no more than 3 members. The panellists will make brief presentations of no more than 10 minutes each. The rest of the time will be devoted to a discussion among the panellists and the audience.
„X The convenor should ensure that the timings are kept.
„X Members of symposia are also encouraged to submit papers which will be published in conference proceedings. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
3. Poster Presentations
Poster presentations can be made by those participants whose work is more suitable for a pictorial format rather than an oral/verbal format. There will be no formal oral presentation associated with a poster. However, special time will be allocated for the gallery walk of posters. where presenters will be available to answer visitors' questions. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
„X The final poster should be submitted by 30 January 2006
„X It is recommended that displays do not exceed 1.0M X 1.5M
„X Posters can be put up from 08:00 a.m on 21 February 2006
„X Use of attractive displays and innovative ideas are encouraged
„X Please ensure that the content of posters should be visible from a distance of 2 to 3 feet
„X Posters should be removed before 6.00 p.m. on 23 February 2006. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any posters left after this time.
„X Poster presenters are also encouraged to submit a paper which will be published in conference proceedings. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
Guidelines for Session Organisers
The programme committee will appoint Session Organisers to chair paper presentations and other sessions where required. The Session Organiser will do the following:
„X Introduce the presenter/s
„X Ensure that the presenter/s keep to the time allocated
„X Invite questions from the audience
„X Ensure that questions are widely distributed
„X Conclude the discussion
„X Report in the debriefing session on the key ideas of the presentation
Important Dates and Conference Schedule
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Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline...................................Monday, 14 November 2005
Notification of acceptance or rejection of abstract.......Friday, 25 November 2005
Registration begins..................................................Friday, 25 November 2005
Full paper submission deadline.................................Monday, 30 January 2006
Last date for registration..........................................Monday, 7 February 2006
Conference Schedule to be uploaded upon finalisation.
Pre-conference Day
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The first half of 21st February from 8.30 am till 2.00pm is designated as Pre-conference day to provide a flexible space for possible workshops, colloquium and also presentations from students and beginning researchers. Further details about the pre-conference day programme will be uploaded soon.

Submission Guidelines

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Abstracts of about 450-500 words related to conference themes should be submitted by 14 November, 2005. The abstracts can be based on a systematic research study or on reflective analysis of field experiences. In particular, they should include information about:

The research focus or propositions made on the basis of field experience
Methodology (in case of research paper)
Findings or lessons learnt
Conclusion and recommendations
Abstracts can be submitted for papers, symposia or posters through an online submission form, e-mail attachment or courier mail. They will be reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee and authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their submission. Presenters are expected to submit a full paper following abstract acceptance. This will be published in the conference proceedings. Please underline the name of presenting author(s). The papers can be co-authored but communication will be maintained with only one of the authors, who will be called the corresponding author and will be decided by the authors themselves. The corresponding author will be responsible for communicating with other author(s). In case of symposia, the convenor will be considered the corresponding author. For deadlines please refer to the list of important dates. Specific guidelines for different forms of presentations are given below:


1. Paper Presentations

Papers should preferably report on findings emerging from systematic research. Alternatively, they could also present a reflective analysis of field experiences. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
Each presentation will be allocated a total time of 35 minutes. This includes 20 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.
Each session will be chaired by an appointed session organiser.
Full papers to be submitted upon acceptance of abstract. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
2. Symposia
These provide an opportunity for examining specific aspects of a topic from a variety of perspectives. A convenor in consultation with panellists plans the symposia in advance. Furthermore, the proposed formats for the symposia seek to achieve greater interaction and exchange of information and ideas. The symposia can be based on paper presentations, or could also use other media such as video excerpts or other forms of multi-media. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
Symposia will be allocated 60 minutes. It will have a panel of no more than 3 members. The panellists will make brief presentations of no more than 10 minutes each. The rest of the time will be devoted to a discussion among the panellists and the audience.
The convenor should ensure that the timings are kept.
Members of symposia are also encouraged to submit papers which will be published in conference proceedings. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
3. Poster Presentations
Poster presentations can be made by those participants whose work is more suitable for a pictorial format rather than an oral/verbal format. There will be no formal oral presentation associated with a poster. However, special time will be allocated for the gallery walk of posters. where presenters will be available to answer visitors' questions. In addition to the generic submission guidelines, the following specific information will be useful:
The final poster should be submitted by 30 January 2006
It is recommended that displays do not exceed 1.0M X 1.5M
Posters can be put up from 08:00 a.m on 21 February 2006
Use of attractive displays and innovative ideas are encouraged
Please ensure that the content of posters should be visible from a distance of 2 to 3 feet
Posters should be removed before 6.00 p.m. on 23 February 2006. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any posters left after this time.
Poster presenters are also encouraged to submit a paper which will be published in conference proceedings. For deadlines please refer to schedule of important dates.
Guidelines for Session Organisers
The programme committee will appoint Session Organisers to chair paper presentations and other sessions where required. The Session Organiser will do the following:

Introduce the presenter/s
Ensure that the presenter/s keep to the time allocated
Invite questions from the audience
Ensure that questions are widely distributed
Conclude the discussion
Report in the debriefing session on the key ideas of the presentation

Venue

IED-PDC,1-5/B-VII, F.B.Area, Karimabad, P.O.Box 13688, Karachi - 75950
Karachi
Sindh
Pakistan
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