Call for Abstracts: New ways to teach and learn for student engagement

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New ways to teach and learn for student engagement
21 April 2015
Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, IRiSS Conference Room, 30 Alta Road, Stanford, CA 94305

*** The Call for Abstracts closed on Tuesday 10 February 2015. ***

Call for Abstracts

The organizing committee invites short abstracts (150-200 words) for research presentations. Please include in your abstract:
• name(s) of the author(s) and home organization
• the aim(s) of the research
• theoretical background of the project
• data collection methods and
• findings so far.   

The conference asks and seeks solutions to the following questions
Are schools dropping out from students or are students dropping out from schools? What should change in teaching, learning and also assessment methods if we want to engage students in learning? Should learning be fun and if so, what it can be? What should change in educational systems, what in teaching and learning culture?

Although definitions of 21st century skills vary, there are some commonalities. The most important factor is that students should have the capacity to learn throughout their lives, and that education should provide the skills and mental tools to enable them to do so. Inquiry and knowledge-creation abilities are the most crucial skills, but they should be connected with analytical and critical thinking, as well as creativity. Students should have the capability to ask questions, and not simply seek or repeat ready-made answers. They need the ability to work independently, but also, increasingly, collaboratively. Life is ever more bound with technology; learning environments are continuously changing, and technology provides many new learning opportunities.

Today, knowledge creation is viewed as a non-linear, dialectical process, with different partners and stakeholders. It is also an interaction with technology-based learning environments and devices. It is an interactive process, in which application of knowledge is no longer a one-directional process. Rather, it is a joint process, whereby all partners, learners, experts, teachers, and other practitioners, as well as representatives of companies and researchers, work together in a complementary manner, seeking evidence for the creation of new tools and improved learning practices.

The conference is organized jointly with H-Star Institute, Stanford University and SCOPE, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and CICERO Learning Network at the University of Helsinki. The Conference invites researchers, teachers, principals, policy makers and companies to seek new ways to teach and learn. It also provides new research informed ideas from Finland and USA on how to get students actively involved in learning.

After the conference, there are possibilities for researchers’ meetings for preparing joint new projects on Wednesday 22 April.

Registration for the conference
The event is free of charge, but we ask that you register HERE.


Keith Devlin
Executive Director
H-Star Institute
Stanford University
Hannele Niemi
CICERO Learning Network    
University of Helsinki 
Stanford Center for
Opportunity Policy in Education
Stanford University

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