Themes and Strands

Conference Theme

ECE beyond the crisis: social justice, solidarity and children’s rights.

The theme of the 27th conference ‘ECE beyond the crisis: social justice, solidarity and children’s rights’ aspires to open a space of debate on the value of early childhood education services (from birth to 8 years) in contemporary times. In times of austerity, political realignments and renegotiation of national and international agreements, evidence-based research studies are increasingly needed to make the argument for investing and sustaining early childhood services compelling. The human capital and social investment paradigms that underpin such evidence are increasingly shaping the construction of childhood and education services which stand at the centre of rebuilding our society for a socially just, inclusive and stable future. The conference aims at creating a forum where a thought-provoking discussion on these issues takes place, by challenging and problematising the competing paradigms that are currently influencing research, policies and practices in the ECE field.

Strands

1. VALUES AND VALUE EDUCATION
2. CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY
3. ECEC CONTEXTS, TRANSITION PRACTICES
4. CHILDERN’S RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY PARTICIPATION
5. PLAY LEARNING
6. DIVERSITY INCLUSION
7. INNOVATIVE/ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
8. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
9. PROFESSIONALISM TEACHER’S ROLE
10. LEADERSHIP QUALITY
11. CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT
12. PARADIGMS, THEORIES METHODOLOGIES
13. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH IN ECEC