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  • CIES Launches New Fall Symposium!

    CIES Launches New Fall Symposium!

    The Possibility and Desirability of Global Learning Metrics:
    Comparative Perspectives on Education Research, Policy and Practice

    Hosted by Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    November 10-11, 2016

    Learning outcomes and metrics have recently been enshrined as central policy objectives in the international education and development agenda – specifically in the post-2015 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike goals that seek to universalize access for education, for which consensus is strong, debates around learning metrics are contested. How can learning among children – and adults – be measured and compared across diverse contexts and systems? Which learning domains should be assessed and why? Is the development of a global learning metric possible and/or desirable? To address these pressing issues, Arizona State University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education (CASGE) and edXchange (MLFTC-ASU) will host the 1st CIES Fall Symposium, bringing together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners for focused intellectual and policy engagement. The Symposium will feature a mix of invited plenary sessions and parallel sessions. Confirmed speakers include:

    • Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institute / Stanford
    • Karen Mundy, Global Partnership for Education
    • Radika Gorur, Deakin University (Australia)
    • Aaron Benavot, UNESCO
    • Gert Biesta, Brunel University (UK)
    • Leslie Bartlett, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison



    The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) invites proposals from Society entities such as SIGs and Standing Committees to organize a CIES Fall Special Topic Symposium in 2017. Preference will be given to proposals from two or more CIES SIGs and/or Standing Committees that wish to co-sponsor and co-organize a two-day symposium that addresses a targeted educational issue of global significance.

    The CIES Fall Special Topic Symposium Initiative will bring academics, policymakers and practitioners together to grapple with the state of policy and research on a pressing educational issue from a comparative and international perspective. Each symposium will include a mix of invited plenary sessions, open call-for-papers parallel sessions, and the participation of non-presenting registrants with an estimated overall attendance of 100-200. These symposia will allow CIES members and other experts to engage in timely debates around provocative issues currently facing the field of education.

    Proposals should be addressed to the CIES Board of Directors (secretariat@cies.us) and should include (a) a 1000-2000 word substantive description of the topic and rationale; (b) a draft of the proposed agenda and symposium format; (c) expected outcomes and knowledge mobilization strategy (d) short bios of the leadership / convening committee; (e) a host site and date proposal; and (f) a proposed symposium budget. Deadline July 1, 2016. Please contact 2016-17 President Mark Bray (mbray@hku.hk) with questions.

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