Education Transforms 2017

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The 2nd Education Transforms Symposium was held at the Sandy Bay Campus of the University of Tasmania from Wednesday 12th July to Friday 14th July 2017, with a welcome reception at Government House on the evening of Tuesday 11th July 2017. This international meeting brought together scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners to reflect on and share insights about our collective mission to raise aspirations for educational attainment.

Our three key questions were:

How do we support children and young people in need?
What cutting-edge strategies work for learning in diverse contexts?
How can we work most effectively with families and communities to advance educational attainment?


Keynote Speakers were:

  • Sharon Bessell, Australian National University – Director of Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Sharon is especially interested in social policy, social justice and the human rights of children.
  • Bob Lingard, University of Queensland – Presently Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Bob is internationally known for his research in the sociology of education and education policy.
  • Andrew Hills, University of Tasmania – Andrew is a world-leading clinician, researcher and public health advocate. He is committed to improving the health of young women before conception and during pregnancy, and to maternal and child health.
  • Yvonne Clark, University of Adelaide – Yvonne is interested in working with and research on Indigenous topics particularly for children and young people and in lateral violence and issues related to racism.
  • Gary McDarby, University of Tasmania – Presently CEO Enterprize Tasmania, is committed to finding ways to ensure that state-of-the-art technology empowers vulnerable young people who are struggling in mainstream education.
  • Max Hope, University of Hull, UK – From a community development background, Max studies alternative models of education including those which equalize student/teacher relationships. She is a member of the ‘Freedom to Learn’ project.

Key themes

  • Social, cultural and political dimensions of educational attainment
  • The future of education, learning, and training
  • Education to employment pathways
  • Communities, families, and individuals – well-being and attainment
  • The place-based and spatial dynamics of educational attainment

Download Education Transforms 2015 (PDF 9.7 MB) to access papers from our first symposium.