Department of Education

University Hosts Major Educational Conference

Mon Sep 08 10:56:00 BST 2014

This week, the University of Bath will welcome nearly two hundred researchers for the 2014 Conference of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE). BAICE promotes research that examines international policy and practice from a comparative perspective, its membership includes academics, members of non-governmental organizations, and policymakers. BAICE publishes the journal Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, one of the most established journals in the field with a history of nearly 40 years.

The conference is run by the Department of Education, which has a long history of research on international education and links to leading organizations such as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The Department is leading a convening group that also includes scholars from the University of Bristol and Bath Spa University.

Addressing the theme of "Power, Politics and Priorities", the conference will look at a broad range of research, with a particular focus on the politics of educational comparisons and priorities for the field in light of the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and the growing urgency of challenges such as climate change.

Robin Shields, chair of the convening group, highlighted the importance of the event, "International comparisons are increasingly prominent in educational policy discourses, and the conference will allow researchers to discuss how comparisons are used in order to better influence future poliymaking."

A number of the papers presented also examine the relationship between education, conflict and justice, a relatively new development in the field and a key priority for international development donors. Outputs from the conference will include a special issue of the BAICE’s journal Compare and number of other papers published in relevant peer-reviewed journals.

Conference sub-themes include:

  • Politics, methodologies and international comparisons
  • Internationalising Curricula and Contexts
  • Transcultural Identities: Language and power in internationalised education
  • Skills and Knowledge in the Global Political Economy
  • Patterns of Conflict and Ideas of Justice in Education
  • New priorities and partnerships for Education for All: Childhood, youth and learning
  • The New Politics of Global Education Governance

For more details of this Conference please see the BAICE website.