9th Learning Conference, Beijing 2002

Learning Conference 2002
Host University: BNU
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New Learning

Theme 1: Navigating Cultures, From the Local to the Global
  • Local cultures and global impacts -  learning to maintain the balance.
  • Opportunity and diversity  -  creating the conditions for participation in schools and classrooms.
  • From the margins to the mainstream  -  learning minority, immigrant and indigenous cultures and languages.
  • Multicultural, cross-cultural, international and global education.
  • Gender, disability and socio-economic differences in the classroom.
  • Education as a globalising industry  -  international education, overseas students and education export.
Theme 2: New Technology, New Economy-Learning for the Future
  • Learning through technology and learning about technology.
  • New tools for learning  -  closing the distance with online, on-location, needs-based education.
  • New economy and future work  -  what are the knowledge and skills requirements of employment?
  • Education as a social investment  -  setting priorities for the future.
  • The public, the private and the market  -  trends in educational provision.
  • Crossing the digital divide  -  access to learning in, and about, the digital world.
  • Educational reform and curriculum redesign for a changing world.
Theme 3: Literacy in a Digital Age
  • The 'new basics'  -  what is the core of learning today, and how is it changing?
  • Reading and writing after the computer  -  the internet, multimedia, multiliteracies.
  • Visual meanings, audio meanings and linguistic meanings in the new, multimodal communications.
  • Academic, workplace and community literacies.
  • Literacy in learning  -  language in learning across the subject areas.
  • Assessing literacies in a meaningful way.
  • Multilingual learning for a multicultural world.
Theme 4: Education for Social and Personal Transformation
  • Education is everywhere  -  lifelong and lifewide learning, from early childhood to retirement.
  • Blurring the institutional boundaries  -  what people need to learn, and where they learn it.
  • Competence, ability, capacity, intelligence  -  what are we learning and why?
  • Managing and leading change in today's institutions of learning.
  • Defining and measuring educational quality.
  • Teacher performance and student evaluation  -  measuring educational performance and learning outcomes.
  • The changing shape of vocational education and training.
  • University learning in changing economic, technological and cultural conditions.
  • Changing the role of teachers: challenges for teacher training and professional development.




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