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The Asian Conference on Education 2014


Rihga Royal Hotel, Osaka, Kansai Region, Japan

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - Sunday, November 2, 2014 (All Day)

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014 September 1, 2014

Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 1, 2014

The International Academic Forum in partnership with Waseda University (Japan), Birkbeck University of London (UK), The National Institute of Education (Singapore), The National University of Tainan (Taiwan), Lincoln University (UK), the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR), Virginia Tech (USA), Auburn University (USA), and its global partners is proud to announce the Sixth Annual Asian Conference on Education, to be held from October 28-November 2, 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community…

2014 Conference Theme: Transforming and Changing Education: Individuals, Communities, Societies”

IAFOR promotes and facilitates new multifaceted approaches to one of the core issues of our time, namely globalization and its many forms of growth and expansion.  Awareness of how it cuts across the world of education, and its subsequent impact on societies, institutions and individuals, is a driving force in educational policies and practices across the globe.  IAFOR’s Conferences on Education have these issues at their core.  The conferences present those taking part with three unique dimensions of experience, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating heightened intercultural awareness and they promoting international exchange.  In short, IAFOR’s Conferences on Education are about change and transformation.  As IAFOR’s previous education conferences have shown, education has the power to transform and change whilst it is also continuously transformed and changed.   The theme of transforming and changing education continues into 2014 in the European, North American and Asian Conferences on Education.

Globalized education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically and culturally diverse.  However, education is often defined through discourses embedded in Western paradigms as globalised education systems become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies.   Policies, practices and ideologies of education help define and determine ways in which social justice is perceived and acted out.  What counts as ‘education’ and as ‘knowledge’ can appear uncontestable but is in fact both contestable and partial. Discourses of learning and teaching regulate and normalise gendered and classed, racialised and ethnicised understandings of what learning is and who counts as a learner.

In many educational settings and contexts throughout the world, there remains an assumption that teachers are the possessors of knowledge which is to be imparted to students, and that this happens in neutral, impartial and objective ways.  However, learning is about making meaning, and learners can experience the same teaching in very different ways.  Students (as well as teachers) are part of complex social, cultural, political, ideological and personal circumstances, and current experiences of learning will depend in part on previous ones, as well as on age, gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, varying abilities and more.


The Sixth Asian Conference on Education

In this conference – one of a series of three held in 2014 on transforming and changing education – participants are invited to explore the ways in which education can transform and change individuals, communities and societies, and the ways in which individuals, communities and societies can change education policies and practices.  Abstracts should address one or more of the sub-themes below:


  • how constructs of learners as ‘self’ and ‘other’ are negotiated around complexities of communities and societies
  • how these constructs shape senses of ‘learner’ and ‘non-learner’ for individuals ‘

Constructions of knowledge:

  • how understandings of ‘knowledge’ are constructed for learners and teachers through multiple levels of meaning
  • how hierarchies of ‘knowledge’ are determined and played out in communities and societies

Transformative pedagogies:

  • how transformative pedagogies can be developed and sustained
  • how learners and teachers can use education to transform and change themselves, communities and/or societies

The role of educational institutions:

  • how educational institutions endorse and/or challenge binaries of self/other
  • how hidden differences and inequalities are played out in education, and the pedagogical challenges this raises


We hope and expect the 2014 conference themes to inspire a number of research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and synergies, in this International Academic Forum.

We hope to see you at ACE2014!

Dennis McInerney

ACE 2014 Keynote Speaker

Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Co-Director of the Assessment Research Centre
Hong Kong Institute of Education


Professor Sue Jackson

ACE 2014 Co-Conference Chair

Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching,
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender,
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

nakano-400-webProfessor Michiko Nakano

ACE 2014 Co-Conference Chair

Professor of English
Director of Distant Learning
Waseda University, Japan

IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance – Working Together

IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. For a full list of university and institutional partners, click here.


journal_cover_education_400Publishing Opportunities: Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference. For more information about the IAFOR Journal of Education and other journals, click here.

International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary

The Sixth Asian Conference on Education will be held alongside the Second Annual Asian Conference on Society, Education and Technology. Registrants for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other.


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