- This is the seventh Literacy and Education
Research Network Conference. Following the enormous success of
our conference in Penang, Malaysia, last September, and in response
to growing demand, we have decided to run the conferences annually.
- Since the first LERN conference was held
in 1989, the conferences have gone from strength to strength.
LERN conferences are community events, as well as thoughtful
and scholarly occasions. They are a time of celebration and affirmation.
Once again, the conference will be one of these community occasions.
Melbourne is a truly global community, a community of the world.
Forty-four percent of the population of State of Victoria were
either born overseas or have one parent who was born overseas.
- This year the conference is being hosted
by the Faculty of Education, Language and community Services
at RMIT University. The Faculty's growing reputation and expertise
is focussed on the two principal areas of interest and concern
at this conference: the relationship between learning and the
new technologies, and learning in the context of global cultural
diversity. And given the kinds of participants who will be attending,
and the range of speakers who have been invited, international
and cross-cultural dialogue will also be a highlight of the conference,
as will be the kinds of collaborations required in an increasingly
- LERN conferences are also participants'
conferences, with everything from plenary presentations by world
renowned educators, to small workshop descriptions of practice
by teachers and students, to informal conversation sessions with
the keynote speakers, to a continuous program of local community
arts events and visits to local educational institutions and
other places of learning.
- Gain a unique insight
into the world's oldest civilisation. The Learning Conference
2000 presents two unique opportunities to learn from the ancient
cultures of Aboriginal Australia - living and learning in a desert
community near Alice Springs (in central Australia: the week
before the conference), and in a rainforest community
near Cairns (in the tropical north of Australia: the week after
Aboriginal CommunityLearning Experience < click here for details
- 6 days/6 nights pre-Conference
stay with THE WARLPIRI PEOPLE OF THE CENTRAL DESERT. Package
includes additional three nights in Alice Springs.
Aboriginal Community Learning Experience < click here for details
- 4 days/4 nights post-Conference
stay with THE DYIRBAL PEOPLE OF THE NORTH QUEENSLAND RAINFOREST.
Package includes additional three nights in Cairns.