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Call for Papers
4th Islamic Schooling Conference and Forum AAISC 2019

The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia would like to extend our Call for Papers for the 4th Islamic Schooling Conference and Forum AAISC 2019 – A Focus on Social Justice.  The Conference and Forum will take place on the 13th and 14th of July 2019, at the University of Melbourne.

The Conference and Forum has successfully made it to its fourth year, and this year, the theme of AAISC4 2019 is social justice in Islamic Schooling.  The event encompasses both the annual Conference for academics and researchers from around the world, as well as a concurrent Forum that will critically engage with the theme of social justice in a practical sense.  The Conference and Forum aims to explore, and critically analyse, the personal experiences and practical insights of teachers and practitioners on a significant and focal topic – the concept of ‘social justice’ from the perspective of Islamic schooling, and the Islamic classroom.

This year’s conference will host two concurrent streams: an academic Conference Stream and an educator’s Forum Stream.

We recognise the critical nature of both perspectives as we forge a path forward for Islamic schools. Hence, for academics who are researching and teaching in higher education with a focus on Islamic schools, madrassa, and Muslim learners broadly, the Conference Stream provides a platform to share empirical findings, debate conceptualisations, and grapple with theoretical understandings. For educators who are leading and shaping the learning process in K-12 schools (both Islamic and State/Public), the Forum Stream promises an opportunity for educators and teachers in the field to raise challenges, share practices, and collaborate on renewal. Topics of interest for submission to either stream include (but are not limited to):

  • Educational politics
  • Globalised educational policy discourses
  • Educational leadership and justice
  • Social Justice in Islam (jurisprudential, historical and otherwise, and its application to Islamic schooling)
  • Muslim learners and identity politics
  • Dignity and the Muslim learner
  • Islamophobia
  • Inequalities and exclusion
  • Inclusion
  • Equity
  • Racism
  • Pedagogical justice
  • Curricular justice
  • Social justice possibilities for classroom educators
  • Critical learners and social action/activism

More topics of interest are included in the 'Call for Papers' attached.  We are very excited about this year’s concurrent conference/forum approach and hope it will provide fodder for deep discussions within and between each stream. We intend our keynote addresses to provide a broader framing of social justice in Islamic schooling that provides the language and conceptualisation necessary for both streams.

Prior to submitting your abstract, please indicate which stream you intend your contribution to be positioned in. And based on the stream of choice, please ensure that your abstract considers the following conventions of an abstract relevant for that stream:

Conference Stream abstracts should include a theoretical and/or conceptual framing, be empirical or conceptual in nature, and clearly present findings or conclusions relevant to this year’s theme of social justice. We anticipate that in this stream presentations will be similar to academic conferences that include an approx. 20 mins lecture followed by Q&A.

Forum Stream abstracts should include a case example or problem that is school based, description of the practical (often instructional) approach taken to address the problem, reflections on implementation tied to this year’s theme of social justice. We anticipate that in this stream presentations will be similar to a condensed version of an in-service workshop where educators focus on practical instructional approaches through an interactive discussion and/or modelling of approaches (but not lecture) for approx. 30 mins followed by Q&A.  

If you have questions about the concurrent streams or drafting your abstract, please feel free to contact CITE Centre Manager, Ramila Chanisheff.

The MGSE International Women's Day morning tea

In celebration of International Women's Day, the MGSE Social Committee warmly invites you to:

Date: Thursday 7 March
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 1, Room 101/102

Join your colleagues for a cuppa, and celebration. Bring along your best sweet or savoury - contributions will be judged by your peers, and prizes will be given for the best contributions.

Support a good cause: In keeping with IWD’s 2019 theme #BalanceforBetter, we will be highlighting the work of the Gomo Foundation. The Gomo Foundation provides funding to partner schools in Zimbabwe, Africa to cover tuition fees and other expenses that may prevent young women from attending school. To support this foundation, entry will be by gold coin donation. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Gomo Foundation and contribute to sponsoring young women’s education. (Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.)

Professor Helen Cahill will also provide a short presentation on a project she is conducting with UNESCO in East and Southern Africa focusing on the prevention on school-related gender-based violence, reporting on a teacher development activity conducted in Zimbabwe last year with participants from a number of countries in the region.  This presentation provides us all with a great opportunity to engage with the contributions all educators can make to promoting gender equity and preventing gender-based violence.

Upon entry, you will be given a voting counter to vote for your favorite baked good. All baked goods will be labelled but will remain anonymous. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bakers.

International Women's Day Event

A journey through time

Date: Friday 8 March
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Venue: South Lawn Car Park – Exact location will be provided to registered guests

March 8 is International Women’s Day with the theme of #balanceforbetter. The University will be hosting an immersive event titled “A Journey Through Time” that will take guests through a journey focusing on the progress the University has made via telling the stories of 3 female academics.

I would encourage you to attend this event. There are only limited tickets and therefore tickets will be allocated based on a first in best dressed registration process.

UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education
The ethics and politics of research-creation with diverse publics

Presenter: Stephanie Springgay, University of Toronto
Date: Thursday 14 March
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Forum Theatre, Arts West, North Wing, Level 1, Room 153

Feminist scholars argue that we need research practices that break with ableist, racist, extractive, and settler colonial logics, and instead focus on ones that are situated, relational, and accountable. As such researchers are urgently turning to new ways of doing research and taking action, including research-creation practices that are responsive to the needs of communities and stewardship. This talk will emphasize the importance of queer feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial frameworks influenced by feminist new materialisms, affect theory, and queer theory. To contextualize these situated ways of doing research a number of exemplifications with diverse publics will be shared.

Learning and Teaching Initiatives Applications

Applications are invited from academic staff for Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grants for 2019.

This round of LTI grants follows the 2018 Planning and Budget Committee decision to fund the implementation of FlexAP recommendations as a strategic, University-wide program of work over five years. From 2019, the supported recommendations will become eight defined activity streams of work.

This call for LTI applications welcomes applications that align to any of the following three FlexAP activity streams:

  1. Intensive, summer and winter subjects
  2. Online subjects
  3. Assessment reform

There will be two LTI rounds in 2019 to accommodate the new program of work generated by FlexAP activity streams.

All applications in this first LTI round of 2019 must respond to one of the above three FlexAP activity streams.

Applications close Friday 15 March 5pm. Visit the Learning and Teaching Initiatives page for more information.

Education Beyond Borders

  • EBBS Agents Workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria, March 17 – 19, 2019
  • 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

Super for Women Seminar

Date: Tuesday 19 March
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Sidney Myer Asia Centre Room 106

This seminar aims to help you build a better understanding of financial matters and be more proactive in managing your retirement savings.

Suitable for women of all ages looking to take a proactive approach to their super, this presentation will cover:

  • how men and women typically view super
  • understanding the retirement gap and contributing factors
  • ways to boost your super, including government initiatives
  • protecting your wealth with insurance.

By registering, you will be notified of any room or time change.

Mathematics & Science Education Research Seminar

Pedagogical content knowledge: What is it and how can science teachers’ PCK be investigated?

Date: Tuesday 19 March
Time: 12pm
Venue: Theatre Q227, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building

Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is widely used as a theoretical lens for researching the professional knowledge of science teachers. Nevertheless, the divergent views in understanding and interpreting PCK have restricted its utility in research, teacher education and policy. This talk will describe the major scholarly debates about the PCK construct within the science education community, the progress towards consensus about the PCK concept and the various approaches to investigate science teachers’ PCK based on a comprehensive review of empirical studies. Issues and knowledge gaps within the current literature related to investigation of science teachers’ PCK will also be discussed Future direction for research on science teachers’ PCK will be proposed based on mathematics teachers’ PCK research.

Dean's Lecture - Hon. Dr Barry Jones

The next Dean's Lecture will be presented by Hon. Dr Barry Jones on The Education Paradox: Why have the most highly educated generation of Australians lost faith in democracy, public institutions and major causes? For more information and to register visit the event page.

PhD Confirmation Seminar

Illuminating integrated STEM teacher education in Australian universities

Date: Monday 25 March
Time: 11am
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, Room Q509

Presented by Emma Stevenson
Supervisor: Professor Jan van Driel and Dr Victoria Millar
Panel Chair: Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah

STEM education has received renewed emphasis this century, with innovation, economic stability and employment needs underpinning this agenda. Contemporary literature frequently focuses the STEM education dialogue on its integrated versions, aiming to enhance student engagement, interest and achievement. Australia has not been immune to this emphasis and multiple reports advocate for greater STEM teacher education due to its complex and challenging implementation. However limited research investigates integrated STEM teacher education, particularly in an Australian context. This exploratory study aims to fill this gap and provide insight into why and how Australian universities are designing teacher education in this field.

World Autism Acceptance Day

World Autism Acceptance Day is being held on Tuesday 2nd April and to celebrate the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) would like to invite you to participate in 'Hoodie Up for Autism'. Hoodie Up is a chance for us to show our support for colleagues and students with autism on this day by wearing a 'hoodie' and enjoying a morning tea together.

The significance of wearing hoodies is to raise awareness of the differences in sensory sensitivities experienced by some people with autism. For some people with autism wearing a hoodie is a means for them to control their sensory environment and avoid 'sensory overload'.

The morning tea will be held in the kitchen area of Level 3 of the 100 Leicester St building at 11am. We ask that you bring a small plate of food to share and a gold coin donation for Amaze, a non-profit organisation that supports and advocates for people with autism and their families. During this morning tea we will also be sharing a set of resources to support you in planning for students with autism in your classes.

For more information about 'Hoodie Up' please visit this link: http://www.amaze.org.au/waad/

For background information about Amaze please visit their website: http://www.amaze.org.au/about-us/

If you would like any further information please contact Matthew Harrison (Learning Intervention): matthew.harrison@unimelb.edu.au

Universitas 21 Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE)

FINE Forum & Dinner
Date: Thursday 4 April 
Time: 1pm – 5pm followed by dinner
Venue: The Westin Harbour Castle, Pier 7 & 8

FINE Breakfast
Date: Sunday 6 April
Time: 8am – 9am
Venue: TBC


The Universitas 21 Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) invites graduate and early career researchers to our annual forum at AERA 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the forum is “Practical Networking for Collaboration”. Esteemed panellists contributing to the discussions include: Professor Rowena Arshad OBE, Head of Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh; Associate Professor Carol Mutch, University of Auckland and UNESCO NZ Commissioner for Education; Dr Lars Andersson, Senior Lecturer and Director of Education, Lund University; and Dr Aileen Kennedy, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh. These events are sponsored by the U21 Schools of Education and are free for all graduate and early career researchers.

TERI Symposium
Beyond Boundaries in Teacher Education: Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships

Date: Friday 26 April
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

You are invited to a one-day Teacher Education and Research Innovation Symposium in Melbourne on Beyond Boundaries in Teacher Education: Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships, 26 April 2019, 9 am – 5 pm.

This is a great opportunity to hear keynotes by Professor Ken Zeichner and Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards and participate in round table discussions to share research insights and consider developing a research proposal or extend an existing project in the area of collaboration and partnerships.

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

Date:  Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 June
Venue: Glyn Davis Building
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The Melbourne Centre for Study in Higher Education is hosting the 2019 Teaching & Learning Conference. This conference seeks to bring together academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning from across the University to share scholarly approaches that contribute to a unique Melbourne experience.

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.