Published: 22 February 2010 at 10:08
Conference to debate current changes in early years education and care and propose new directions of policy and practice to enable young children’s ‘being, belonging and becoming’ in the 21st century
A conference of major global significance is to be staged by Anglia Ruskin University’s Facultt of Education from 25-27 March at Rivermead campus, Chelmsford.
The three-day ‘Early Childhood Curriculum, Policy and Pedagogy in the 21st Century: An International Debate’ conference will be organised by the Faculty’s Early Childhood Research Group and funded by the British Academy. Conference speakers and delegates will come from the UK, many European countries and as far afield as the Philippines, Japan, China, South Korea, India, South Africa, Nigeria, Canada and USA.
Bringing together academics, researchers, policy makers and early years practitioners from around the world, the conference will aim to bridge the gap that exists between national and international policies and to agree aspirations for the future and ideas for closer working collaborations.
Explaining the detail behind the conference, Theodora Papatheodorou, Professor of Early Childhood and Director of Research at the Faculty of Education, at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
The keynote speakers include Mr Barry Sheerman, Chair of the UK’s Children, Schools and Families Select Committee; Mr Yoshi Kaga, ECCE Focal Point– Inclusion and Quality Enhancement, UNESCO, Paris; Professor Elin Ødegaard, Bergen University College, Norway; Dr Shu-Ying Liu, National Hsin-Chu University of Education,Taiwan; and Professor Emerita Lillian Katz, University of Illinois Co-director of Clearing House on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP), USA.
During the conference there will various parallel and round table discussions. More than 40 research, policy and practice related papers will be reviewed and discussed.