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Monday 6 - 7.30pm

Update on education reform in Myanmar

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco

Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to his current role, Joseph was Chief Executive of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia. Joseph serves as Research Director of the UNICEF Language and Peacebuilding initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, and as Senior Research Advisor for the European Commission project Languages in urban communities: Integration and Diversity for Europe (LUCIDE) . He supports international research projects in several countries on language planning and multiculturalism and intercultural education and also advises on language, culture and literacy education, the integration of indigenous and immigrant children into mainstream schools, and reconciliation and peace through education. Joseph combines research and intervention to help people affected by conflict to produce language policies that promote social cohesion and peace-building. He has published extensively, with over 32 books and 130 articles and chapters. His research interests also include Asian studies and Italian language and cultural history.

Seminar Event

Tuesday 6 - 7pm

Opportunities and obstacles for STEM education

Professor Jan van Driel

Professor Jan van Driel

A former chemistry teacher, Professor van Driel has a PhD in chemical education from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He was a teacher trainer and educational consultant at Delft University of Technology, before joining Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching in 1995. He went on to become the Professor of Science Education in 2006 and Director of ICLON, Leiden University, before moving to Australia in 2016 to become the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s inaugural Professor of Science Education. A world leading scholar, Professor van Driel’s work is influential in informing the professional development of science teachers and he has done extensive research in the domains of teaching, teaching education and higher education. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science Education and was Vice-President of the Netherlands Educational Research Association from 2001-2009. Until recently Professor van Driel was chair of the Interuniversity Centre for Teacher Education and secretary of the board of the Technasium Foundation (Netherlands).

Dean's Lecture Series Event

Tuesday 3.30 - 4.30pm

Border pedagogy – using feminist theory to inform the design of learning activities within gender-based violence prevention education

Professor Helen Cahill

Professor Helen Cahill

Professor Helen Cahill uses poststructural theory to inform participatory and transformative education. She has developed many Australian wellbeing programs addressing gender, resilience and respectful relationships, and a number of gender rights and sexuality education programs for women and young people in developing countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

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