Monday, March 31 –Thursday, April 3, 2014, Arcadia University

The American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) is the United States chapter of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, a worldwide consortium of those interested in the field of curriculum studies. Primarily comprised of scholars, students, and other interested parties, the Annual Meeting of the AAACS is currently free of charge and sessions are open to those who wish to attend.

Join the Arcadia University School of Education for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS): “Communities of Dissensus/Engaged Generosity”

Date: Monday, March 31 – Thursday, April 3, 2014

Location:  Grey Towers Castle and the Commons, Arcadia University’s Glenside campus

This year’s AAACS Annual Meeting will feature panel discussions and presentations on such topics as “Lesbian & Gay Educators Functioning in Heteronormative Schools,” “Posthumanism, Animals, and Knowledge,” “Narratives of Praxis: Examining and Enacting the Self in Schooling,” and “In the Pursuit of Peace: Subject Formation and the Teaching of Peaceful Co-Existance in Elementary Schools,” among many others.

Other meeting highlights:

Alternative Presidential Address

An innovative “Alternative Presidential Address” will be held on Monday, March 31 from 5 – 8 p.m. and moderated by current AAACS President, Dr. Peter Appelbaum of Arcadia’s School of Education.  This “Alternative Address” will feature a conversation among local activists and educational scholars to have a facilitated conversation on contemporary challenges to education in a democratic society. All area educators and those interested in support of educational institutions are invited to  join us.

Special Session: Dr. Gert Biesta to Present at Culminating Plenary

Dr. Gert Biesta, Professor of Educational Theory and Policy, University of Luxembourg, will present at the Culminating Plenary.  Dr. Biesta’s work focuses on  the theory and philosophy of education, the theory of educational research, teaching, learning, curriculum and pedagogy, teacher education and education policy.  He is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society USA and in 2011 he held the International Interuniversity Francqui Professorship awarded by the Francqui Foundation.

Special Session: William Pinar and Janet Miller — Communities of Dissensus

A Town Hall Conversation will be held on Wednesday, April 2 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. with Professor William Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair for the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies, and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Internationalisation of Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia, and Professor Janet Miller, Professor of English Education and Program Coordinator of Programs in English Education/The Teaching of English in the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University. James Jupp, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University, and AAACS Vice President Molly Quinn will moderate.

Special Session: Internationalization Task Force

The American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies has established a task force to specifically address the complexities of internationalizing a disciplinary field, and the questions of a world community of curriculum dissensus in the light of post-colonialism, globalization, and the dominance in the North American context of European and North American scholarship in the field. This year’s special Internationalization session hopes to connect with Arcadia University’s own emphasis on a “global perspective.”

Special Event: Not JUST Education

Not JUST Education: An examination of the role of the arts and media in a just education – part 1

This meeting of scholars and activists facilitated by Tracy Broyles of Philadelphia’s Spiral Q focuses on the development of strategies for scholars and activists to come together around issues of education in the broader society. How do we find our common voices? Where are there spaces for action and change? We will consider not just schools, but the multiple worlds of learning, community-building, and social action.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 5 pm: Arcadia University – Grey Towers Castle, Mirror Room

Not JUST Education: An examination of the role of the arts and media in a just education – part 2

This meeting of scholars and activists facilitated by Tracy Broyles of Philadelphia’s Spiral Q focuses on the current scene of youth media in Philadelphia and its relationship to the various communities of school and neighborhood. The goals of youth empowerment and community development share with educational reform and its critics the need for conversations and actions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:30 pm: Arcadia University – Commons, Great Room

Please RSVP for the AAACS Conference  here.

 

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