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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

International Conference

Critical Thinking for Development Education – moving from evaluation to research

Dates: October 3rd and 4th 2009
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Aras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

The organisers would like to announce a call for papers and invite you to this international conference. The event seeks to:

    · Address the extent to which development education, global learning/education and global citizenship are influenced by government and non-governmental organizations priorities

    · Review the extent to which evaluation has been used to legitimise policy and practice

    · Discuss approaches within development education and related fields that have begun to move beyond issues of evaluation and towards broader questions about research and learning processes.

Background to the conference
Development education and the related fields of global education, global learning, global citizenship and education for sustainable development have grown significantly across Europe over the past decade. Much emphasis has been given to development education’s contribution to building support for development.

However with the emergence of a growing network of academics and researchers, there is a recognition of the need move beyond measuring impact in terms of government or NGO agendas, and towards the importance of learning in itself.

This conference will bring together contributions from academics, policymakers and practitioners to address ways in which critical thinking and new pedagogies can emerge, connecting the practices of development education with theories of learning for a global society.

Target Audience
We welcome academics, policy makers and practitioners interested in development education, global education, global citizenship and education for sustainable development.

Call for Abstracts
We invite proposals for conference themes and abstracts for individual papers. Suggested themes include:

    · Relationship between policy and practice within development education and related areas of global learning and global education;
    · Global citizenship
    · Education for sustainable development;
    · Approaches towards evaluation and research in development education

Abstracts must provide a succinct account of the proposed paper and will be considered according to the following criteria:

    · Relevance to Conference Themes
    · Overall quality
    · Contribution to scholarship/ practice

Abstracts for papers of no more than 200 words, written in English and within these themes should be submitted to DERN conference organisers:
Clíonadh O' Keeffe, DERN Project Coordinator clionadh.okeeffe@nuigalway.Ie
Dr. Su-ming Khoo, DERN Project Leader suming.khoo@nuigalway.ie
Closing Date to submit abstracts: July 15th, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: August 15th, 2009
To discuss/propose conference themes please contact Dr Doug Bourn and/or Dr. Su-ming Khoo June 15th, 2009.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include:

    · Professor William Scott, University of Bath, UK;
    · Dr Vanessa Andreotti, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

This conference is being organised by:

    · The Development Education and Research Network (DERN) NUI Galway,
    · The Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, University of London and
    · The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning.