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Education Transforms 2017

Final Programs


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.