IALEI Annual Conference

Educating Teachers, Transforming Schools and Ending Disadvantage

Date: 24 August 2012
Time: 8.45am – 4.30pm
Venue: Theatre 230, level 2, 234 Queensberry St
Registration fee: $99 (including GST) or $66 for current MGSE students or staff

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Please note that places are limited so early registration is essential.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is pleased to welcome you to the University of Melbourne for the 6th International Alliance of Leading Education Institutions (IALEI) Annual Conference on 24 August 2012.

The Alliance is an international education think-tank with 10 members, each from a different country (i.e. add ‘an international’ in place of ‘the world’s leading’) , representing leading education institutes around the globe. MGSE Dean, Professor Field Rickards currently holds the Chair of the Alliance.

At each annual IALEI conference, an important and internationally relevant educational issue is addressed and researchers from each institution prepare and present papers.

2012 Conference Theme

The 2012 conference theme is ‘Educating Teachers, Transforming Schools, Ending Disadvantage’.

  • How do teacher education institutions help address educational disadvantage in the communities they serve?
  • Is there enough public awareness of the important roles that universities do play in this field?
  • How focused are universities themselves on the need to reduce disadvantage?

Teacher education institutions are uniquely well-placed to provide support for individuals and groups of students who lack opportunities for effective learning or who struggle with school programmes. This support comes through a variety of channels—the preparation of teachers, research to investigate the origins of disadvantage and to evaluate measures for improvement, and advocacy and public debate around key policy issues. The 6th Annual IALEI Conference will showcase examples of these different ways in which universities contribute to tackling disadvantage. The Conference is a valuable opportunity for Deans and researchers to share experience in this field and to learn from each other about how best to contribute. The agenda of “disadvantage” is large and varied. At stake is our commitment to ensuring that every child is valued.


The 2012 Conference will showcase leading researchers from the IALEI institutions including:

  • Professor Field Rickards, Dean of MGSE, University of Melbourne
  • Professor John Hattie, MGSE, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Lynne Rogers, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Professor Carl Grant, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr James Cummins, Ontario Institute for the Study of Education (OISE)
  • Professor Julie McLeod, MGSE, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Bente Jensen, Department of Education, Aarhus University
  • Dr Barbara Kameniar, MGSE, University of Melbourne
  • Professor HeeMin Kim, College of Educatuion, Seoul National University
  • Professor Du Yuhong, School of Education, Beijing Normal University
  • Professor Shirley Silva, Faculty of Education, University of Sao Paulo
  • Associate Professor Kenneth K Poon, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Professor Levan Lim, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Professor Pam Christie, School of Education, University of Cape Town


Presenters will address the following three sub-themes:

  • How teacher education institutions are preparing teachers for teaching in disadvantaged schools
  • How teacher education institutions tackle education disadvantage: creating perspective
  • How teacher education institutions tackle education disadvantage in selected Alliance countries

Download the detailed Conference Program(229kb)

Getting to the University

The University of Melbourne is located in Carlton, on the fringe of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD). The University is easily accessed by both public and private transport. Ample parking is available and tram access from the CBD is constant. A number of major tram lines run along nearby Swanston St and Elizabeth St.

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Enquiries and More Information

If you have any questions please contact Fiona Luck at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education on fiona.luck@unimelb.edu.au