Diary dates

Public Lecture - The Politics of Knowledge: Rethinking Education and Reform in the Modern British Empire

Date: Thursday 13 June
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Location: Linkway, 4th Floor, John Medley, University of Melbourne

Education was a crucial transfer point within modern imperial projects; it was a crucial domain through which
relationships between the state, religious institutions, various agents of reform, and Indigenous, colonised and enslaved
peoples were negotiated. Exploring a range of case studies, I highlight the multiple trajectories of colonial education in the modern British empire, charting both continuities and moments of change, commonalities and divergences.

Professor Tony Ballantyne is recognised as a world-leading historian of the modern British empire. He has worked extensively on the development of colonial knowledge, changing understandings of language, religion and race, and the uneven ‘webs’ of exchange and connection that gave the empire shape. He has developed many of these approaches and arguments through his work on the history of the colonial Punjab and the Punjabi diaspora.

This public lecture is sponsored by the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration in the Faculty of Arts, the Social Transformations and Education Research Hub in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University.

Professional Learning Conferences

As part of the new Partner Benefits package for schools and settings that accept teacher candidate placements, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education will be hosting two free professional learning conferences where MGSE staff are welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to see our academic colleagues in action. Many of you may also have children in an early childhood setting or school, and may be interested to learn what best practice in a wide range of areas looks like.

Please take the time to review the topics and facilitators. You are welcome to attend the whole day or for particular sessions, including the plenary and keynote address. Please indicate in your registration if you would like to join us for lunch.

Workshop spaces are limited, so please register early to avoid missing out. Please contact the Events Team at truongj@unimelb.edu.au for any queries.

Leading Learning in Early Childhood Education

Date: Tuesday 25 June
Time: 9am - 3.00pm
Location: Forum Theatre, Level 1 Arts West Building, University of Melbourne

9am - 10.15am Keynote Address (Professor Nicola Yelland)  
10.15am - 11am Morning Tea  
11am - 12pm

Workshop 1

  1. Numeracy and technology in Early Childhood settings  
    Facilitated by Ms Lucy Stewart
  2. Indigenous perspectives on Early Childhood settings  
    Facilitated by Dr Sue Mentha
  3. Mindfulness for Early Years Education & the Minds&Play study
    Facilitated by Dr Ben Deery
12pm - 1pm Lunch  
1pm - 2pm Workshop 2
  1. Science and technology in Early Childhood settings
    Facilitated by Ms Lucy Stewart
  2. Adult-child interactions and language development
    Facilitated by Dr Penny Levickis
  3. How Museum programs support teaching and learning in preschool settings
    Facilitated by Associate Professor Tricia Eadie and Ms Sarah Young
2pm - 3pm Workshop 3
  1. Leadership and coaching in Early Childhood
    Facilitated by Ms Catriona Elek
  2. Artful play
    Facilitated by Dr Robert Brown
  3. Second language acquisition in Early Childhood education and care: strategies for teachers
    Facilitated by Dr Edith Nicolas

End of Semester Celebration

Date: Friday 14 June
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: Level 3 Staff Room

Catch up with colleagues over nibbles and drinks. Door prizes to be won! Be sure to register online for attendance.

Maths and Science Education Research Seminar
Trends, implications, issues and possibilities for an interdisciplinary school STEM curriculum

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q227

In education, STEM has come to represent more than just a means for talking about the disparate STEM disciplines and instead is seen by many stakeholders as providing a solution to a range of issues and as requiring a particular kind of curriculum structure or pedagogical approach. While the possibilities and potential of STEM have driven much investment there are also many tensions inherent in the broad umbrella of STEM education and associated implications that have either not been explored or are yet to be fully understood. This presentation will investigate the influences that have led to the current interpretation of school STEM curriculum, its multiple purposes and structural requirements. It will then explore some of the tensions and possibilities that arise from implementing such a curriculum.

PhD Completion Seminar
Teachers' work life in Singapore: Narratives of Performativity

Phd Candiate: Gary Lit Ying Loong
Supervisors: Associate Professor John Quay, Dr Daniela Acquaro
Chair: Associate Professor Kylie Smith

Date: Wednesday 19 June
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry St, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room Q372

While the successes of Singapore have been widely recognised (eg. TIMSS and PISA), the struggles of its teachers do not feature prominently in the accounts. I have undertaken an autoethnographic study to explore the various discursive practices adopted by the Singapore government to subjectivise its teachers to serve its social, economic and political objectives. My study is also a reflection of the wider national trends occurring in a nation experiencing rapid development (Marechal,2000; Reed-Danahay’s,1997). My aim is to create new perspectives to look at the education system and schools in Singapore. The Foucauldian analytical approach supports explication of these issues, enabling insight into and interrogation of the power relations operating under the culture of performativity in Singapore schools.

2019 Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Education Conference

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9am - 5pm

The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) present a conference focusing on primary school mathematics education.

Save the date - UniMelb Events Expo

Save the date: Thursday 4 July
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue: Wilson Hall, Parkville.

External Relations Events in collaboration with ATPI are excited to announce the inaugural Unimelb Events Expo 2019. The Expo brings together internal and external services that exist to help enhance events.  This is a free event. More details to come - we can't wait to see you all there! Enquiries:unimelb-events@unimelb.edu.au

International Positive Psychology Association 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology

Date: 18-21 July 2019
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The International Positive Psychology Association and event partner, the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, warmly welcome you join the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology. The theme of our Congress is “Nexus”- meaning connection. The congress will build connections, collaborations and pathways that can help us work together to enhance human flourishing.

You will experience an exciting scientific meeting with innovative touches and a distinct ‘Aussie’ social program.

Our Invited Speakers, the top names in the field, come from 30+ countries allowing you to learn the latest in the field from across the globe.

Call for abstracts
Transition 19 - one journey, many pathways

Date: 2-4 October, 2019
Time: 9-5pm each day
Venue: Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne.

The call for abstracts for presentations is now open for this international symposium on learning environments. Transitions 19 begins with a proposition - research is showing innovative learning environments are not a magic cure, but evidence is mounting that they constitute a powerful tool that - if used well - improves student educational experiences. We invite academics, professionals, Masters and PhD students undertaking research to submit abstracts for 15-minute presentations.

Visit the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change website for more information.

Education Beyond Borders

  • EBBS Agents Workshop, Muscat, Oman, October 21 - 23, 2019

Information about past EBBS workshops: You can see pictures from our last workshop in October 2018 and comments from agents and educators.

The EBBS workshop in Sofia will be held in parallel with the International fair EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS - SOFIA (EBBS) which will be held in the National palace of culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 15 – 16, 2019.

You can see pictures from the educational fair in Sofia or read more about the event on our website.

Enjoy our discounts:
Book the EBBS workshop in 2019 (Sofia or Muscat) and take 50% off for all EBBS events in 2019.

The workshop Includes the following services:

  • 1-day Seminar with included presentation
  • 2 days One-to-one meetings (Full table)
  • Info package + a full profile page in the event catalogue
  • Accommodation and full board during the workshop for one representative

Call for papers
7th IOE-BNU International Conference
Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Beijing Normal University

IOE and BNU are excited to announce that the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference will be held in Beijing on November 22-23, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation in Education and Pedagogy". IOE and BNU welcome submissions from all over the globe, and certainly is pleased to welcome works from INEI member institutions.

Visit the conference page for details about the conference theme and submission requirements.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm
Venue: TBC

In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai'i. Internationally renowned and often described as the 'grandfather' of Hawaiian language revitalisation in modern Hawaii, his work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language. Associate Professor Kimura will speak of the significance of a people's own language and the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation globally, incorporating his own experience in reclaiming and renewing the life of the Hawaiian language.