CFP – A Global Summit on Childhood

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Association for Childhood Education International Call for Papers

This summit will offer a platform for sharing a wide variety of viewpoints, ideas, and information. We are seeking input on issues related to the experience of childhood from a variety of stakeholders—education practitioners and researchers, health professionals, environmentalists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and advocates. We welcome presentation proposals on practice, policy, and research from around the world and from a variety of sectors, including universities, nonprofit organizations (NGOs), research institutes, and associations.

Your proposal must be submitted under ONLY ONE of the four Content Focus Areas. We understand that your proposed session may be applicable to more than one Content Focus Area. However, please submit your proposal under the ONE content focus area that best represents your presentation.

You will have a chance to specify your chosen Content Focus Area and whether it is a RESEARCH presentation on the Proposal submission form.

Conference Content Focus Areas

Your presentation topic will need to fit under one of the four content focus areas listed below. Examples of presentation topics are listed below; however, your presentation topic is not limited to these examples.

1. Childhood Perspectives From Around the World
Sessions within this content focus area will explore beliefs about childhood within different historical and cultural contexts, in order to advance our understanding of the childhood experience.

For example, presentations in this content focus area may address:

  • World views about childhood
  • Community life (urban, rural, nomadic, migrant)
  • Family structures and dynamics
  • Cultural perspectives
  • Historical perspectives
  • Socioeconomic influences
  • Impact of language on child development

2. Supporting a Positive Childhood Experience
Sessions within this content focus area will explore specific initiatives and approaches being implemented today that lay the groundwork for a positive childhood experience and a lifetime of learning.

For example, presentations in this content focus area may address:

  • Environmental education
  • Global citizenship
  • Character education
  • Peace education
  • Promoting play
  • Sustainable development
  • Expression through the arts

3. Implications of a Changing Society for Childhood
Sessions within this content focus area will examine opportunities for and/or threats to childhood and children’s well-being posed by societal changes, global progress, and changing perspectives.

For example, presentations in this content focus area may address:

  • Media and technology
  • Innovations in child care and education
  • Brain research
  • Poverty
  • Attacks on education
  • Marginalized and excluded children
  • Food security
  • Child labor
  • Health, hygiene, and nutrition

4. Giving Voice to Childhood
Sessions within this content focus area will support advocacy efforts that promote the development and well-being of children in our communities, nations, and world.

For example, presentations in this content focus area may address:

  • Child rights
  • Child protection
  • Maternal rights
  • Health care access
  • Pre-primary education
  • Gender equity

Submission Guidelines

GENERAL SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

  • Submissions are open to both ACEI members and non-members. Indication of ACEI membership is sought for information purposes only, and will not affect the review process.
  • Only one standard session proposal will be selected per presenter. Please do not submit more than two proposals for consideration.
  • Only one poster session proposal will be selected per presenter. Please do not submit more than two proposals for consideration.
  • If your proposal is accepted for presentation, all presenters will be required to register for the conference in order to participate.
  • The official language of the conference is English.

KEY DATES

  • Summit Date: March 28-31, 2012
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: Postmarked by October 15, 2011
  • Notification of Acceptance: By December 2, 2011

SESSION FORMAT OPTIONS*

STANDARD

  • 90-minute session – Standard oral presentation with one main presenter or a main presenter with co-presenters.
  • 45-minute session – Standard oral presentation with one main presenter or a main presenter with co-presenters; this format may share a 90-minute time block with another 45-minute presentation (i.e., two 45-minute sessions are placed back-to-back). Session assignments are made by ACEI.
  • Forum session – Standard oral presentation as part of a shared session; each presenter will have 20 minutes to present and will be grouped with 2 to 3 other presentations of complementary topics. Each forum session, therefore, holds three to four presentations. Session assignments are made by ACEI.

POSTER

Poster session participants present their posters placed on tables within a general session hall. A breadth of displays on childhood practice, policy, and research are sought. Poster displays should fit in a space of 36 inches x 36 inches (91 cm x 91 cm). ACEI will provide a place for you to display your poster.

For more information, see http://acei.org/wp-content/uploads/Summit12CallPapers.pdf.