3rd WCCES Symposium Teachers, Teaching Profession, and Comparative Education: Fostering Values Education and Engaging Academic Freedom Co-convened with 1st International Conference of Mondial Association for Peace by Comparative Education 6th International Conference of Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society 3rd Conference of Portuguese Society of Education Sciences - Section of Comparative Education Venue:
Lisbon, Portugal 6-8 July 2020
The advent of Wikipedia, Google, and several online learning institutions is challenging the conventional role of a teacher, who hitherto acted as a “sage on the stage”. Information is literally at the fingertips of learners, nevertheless the challenge of converting it into actionable knowledge still remains. Even artificial intelligence systems today are not advanced enough to replace the human teacher. It is highly likely that several components of teaching delivery may be taken over by technology in the times to come. However the role of a human teacher as a mentor, guide, and researcher is hard to be replaced.
In the current global context, teachers at all levels of the education system face formidable challenges, such as the need to help future generations of citizens develop humanist values, dealing with rapid technological changes that affect their roles, identities and work, freeing themselves and their students from the grip of consumerism fueled by world markets. In the framework of comparative education, this symposium aims to attract views, experiences and insights from research on the teaching profession from different parts of the world, with an eye on these challenges. It would indeed help in understanding the multi-faceted role of a teacher today and tomorrow from varied cultural, linguistic, political and geographical perspectives.
Questions for Consideration A number of questions, including (but not limited to) the following are raised as the guiding threads for this symposium: • How can the teaching profession rise to the call in the SDGs towards the promotion of the idea and requirements to nurture shared values caring for our local and global, social and physical environment in recognition of our common humanity? • How can the teaching profession and teachers in the framework of comparative education promote and uphold common values recognising our mutual dependence? • What processes are taking place and/or can be envisioned to leverage the constructive impact of the education systems in different parts of the world? • How can the technology be conceived as an effective tool that can help achieve the humanistic values and goals? • What role can comparative education/educators/researchers play in protecting and fostering teachers’ freedoms when these are threatened? • How can autonomous and critical thinking be applied in teaching and research to overcome the challenge of sustaining and promoting academic freedom? • Can cross-national comparisons of values education be performed from the lower to higher levels of education systems? • What are the implications for gender equity and values education as in many national contexts there is a gendered structure of the teaching profession characterised by a feminisation of the lower levels while the upper levels, especially in the universities, are dominated by the male teachers and researchers?
Deadline for 300 words (in Microsoft Word) abstract submission in any of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish: 31 March 2020 Submit through this link (you will need to open a new free Easy Chair account as an author even if you used Easy Chair for other conferences earlier). Presenters will be invited to revise and submit their papers to one of the three WCCES publication outlets (each with its rigorous peer-reviewed process): 1) Papers of 6000 words inGlobal Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES2) Short papers of 3000 words inWorld Voices Nexus: The WCCES Chronicle3) Papers of at least 6000 words as chapters in one or more edited volumes in the WCCES Brill-Sense book series. More information will be communicated during and after the symposium.For more details, please visit the WCCES main website: www.wcces-online.org
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