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International Froebel Society Conference 2020

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Please join us at the 9th Biennial International Froebel Society Conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The 9th Biennial International Froebel Society Conference will be held from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th June 2020 in the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme for the conference is Froebel 2020: Visions of social justice, equity and integrity.

The conference will be comprised of one day of site visits to local Froebelian settings and local cultural tours (Wednesday 3rd June) and two days of conference presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers from around the world (Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June) at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. This will be immediately followed by a day of events on Saturday 6th June especially designed for practitioners and hosted by the Edinburgh Froebel Network (tickets available as ad add-on).

You can find out more about the conference at the International Froebel Society website here: http://www.ifsfroebel.com/

If you have any queries, please contact the Moray House Events Team on mhses.events@ed.ac.uk or by calling +44 131 651 6167.

Tickets

Early Bird registration is open until 30th March 2020, with tickets priced at £250. This includes a conference pack, tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day, and lunch on both Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June.

The standard rate for registration after 30th March 2020 is £300.

Tickets for the three-course conference dinner in the Playfair Library in the evening of Thursday 4th June is available to purchase as an add-on.

All those attending the conference are also invited to join the Practioners' Day on Saturday 6th June. There is more information about this below, and tickets are available to purchase as an add-on.

Registration will close on 30th April 2020.

Conference Programme

Wednesday 3rd June

A day of site visits to local Froebelian settings and local cultural tours around Edinburgh. All those attending the conference are welcome.

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June

Two days of conference presentations, workshops and keynote speakers from around the world, hosted by Moray House School of Education and Sport, at the University of Edinburgh.

On Thursday evening, there will be a formal dinner held in the spectacular historic Playfair Library in the University of Edinburgh's Old College. Tickets for the three-course dinner are priced at £35 a head and are available to purchase as an add-on.

The following evening, the School will host a traditional Scottish Ceilidh, with a live band, Scottish country dancing, food and drink. This is included in the standard conference ticket fee.

Saturday 6th June

A Practitioners' Day hosted by the Edinburgh Froebel Network. Tickets for the Practitioners' Day are available as an add-on when registering for the conference.

Please see below for further information about the conference themes, the keynote speakers and the call for papers.

Further Information

Social justice, equity and integrity are terms that often appear in twenty-first-century discussions of early childhood education and care (ECEC), but what do they mean and how might they be enacted in specific settings, particular locations, individual cultures and nations? What answers might be gleaned from social scientific or historical analyses? How can those who care about and work with young children – including practitioners, researchers and policymakers – develop and achieve visions of social justice, equity and integrity? (How) Do these interact with other(s’) goals for ECEC, such as improving children’s educational attainment and achievement, and increasing parents’ participation in paid employment, training or further study? (How) Might Froebelian perspectives and practices help advance equity and social justice today and in the future? And what role does (or should) integrity play in all of the above?

These questions are the heart of the International Froebel Society’s 9th Biennial Conference & Practitioners’ Day, which will take place in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, June 3-6, 2020. Edinburgh is not only a beautiful city; it’s also the centre of a burgeoning Froebel Network and the capital of a country whose government have committed to the provision of free ECEC to all three- and four-year-olds (and some two-year-olds) beginning in 2020. What will this expansion mean for Scotland’s children – and its early years practitioners? What can Scotland learn from other countries and other time periods, and how might Froebelian perspectives and visions of social justice, equity and integrity shape the nation’s changing ECEC landscape?

The 2020 conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Thinking about early childhood with Froebel;
  • Children’s play;
  • Parents’ perspective on early childhood education and care;
  • Ethical practice, power, and the relationship between the researcher and child;
  • Sustainability and early childhood practices;
  • Transnational perspective on early childhood education;
  • Implementing inclusion;
  • Leadership in early childhood;
  • Digital gifts and childhood;
  • Race, culture and ethnic disparity in early childhood.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Rowena Arshad OBE, University of Edinburgh, UK. Rowena is Chair in Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in equity and anti-discrimination issues and how these issues are taken forward in education (school, community education and tertiary) and within educational policy. Rowena is particularly interested in how individual educators take equity and anti-discrimination, inclusion work, forward in their practice and within their establishments.

Professor Larry Prochner, Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. Larry’s research examines the historical, comparative, and international dimensions of teaching and curriculum in early education. He has published 14 books, including Teacher Education in Diverse Settings: Making Space for Intersecting Worldviews. Larry has served as Vice-President of the International Froebel Society.

Dr Kristen Nawrotzki, Heidelberg University of Education, Germany. Kristen’s research focuses on the history of early childhood education and care in comparative and transnational perspectives, and the role of professional narrative in practitioner identity. She has authored numerous articles and essays and edited several volumes of essays, including The Development of Early Childhood Education in Europe and North America (with Kerstin Scheiwe and Harry Willekens). She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Early Childhood Research Centre at Roehampton University, UK and has served as Vice-President of the International Froebel Society

Professor Emerita Helen May, University of Otago. (Practitioners’ Day) Helen May trained as a primary school teacher in the mid-1960s and in her early career taught 5-6 year olds. Later, when Helen had her own children she worked in childcare and for five years was the Coordinator of the Victoria University crèche. In 1987 she began work in teacher education at Hamilton Teachers' College and later the University of Waikato. During the early 1990s she worked with Margaret Carr on the development of Te Whaariki, the first national curriculum guidelines for New Zealand. In 1995 Helen was appointed to the first New Zealand professorial Chair in Early Childhood Education at Victoria University Wellington. In 2005, she was appointed as Professor of Education and Head of the Faculty of Education at the University of Otago, and from 2007-2011 was the Dean of the University of Otago College of Education.

Call for Papers

For the 2020 conference, the IFS invites proposals for 20-minute presentations, as well as for one-hour workshops, roundtables or posters to be offered as part of the main conference on June 4th and 5th.Proposals should include:

  • The presenters’ names, corresponding author's email address, postal address, and institutional affiliation (if any)
  • Category of proposed offering: presentation (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes Q&A), pre-formed panel (three 20-minute presentations on a collective theme), workshop (60 minutes) roundtable (60 minutes) poster or other (please specify)
  • A 250-word description of the proposed topic, plus list of references if/as appropriate. Be sure to indicate how your proposal relates to the conference theme. (For pre-formed panels, include a description of all three papers of up to 750 words in total length.)
  • A list of three keywords relevant to the proposal.
  • A description of any specific technology, space or furniture requirements.

Proposals should be submitted as a Word document to: ifs_froebel@yahoo.com. Please use the subject line: “IFS 2020 Proposal Submission”

  • Proposal Submission Deadline - 31st January 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection Date - 1st March 2020

If you have questions about proposal submissions, please contact the International Froebel Society at ifs_froebel@yahoo.com.

Accommodation

The University of Edinburgh offers a wide range of accommodation across the city, including single rooms, double rooms and apartments. You can find out more here: https://www.edinburghfirst.co.uk/accommodation/ or by calling +44 131 651 2189 or emailing edinburgh.first@ed.ac.uk.

The following hotels are also located close to the Moray House campus:

Adagio Aparthotels

231 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BJ

Tel: +44 131 322 8299

https://www.adagio-city.com/gb/hotel-9289-aparthotel-adagio-edinburgh-royal-mile/index.shtml

Jurys Inn

43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

Tel: +44 131 200 3300

https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/edinburgh

Macdonald Hotel

81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Tel: 0344 879 9028

International: +44 131 550 4500

https://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/scotland/edinburgh/macdonald-holyrood-hotel-and-spa

Radisson Blu Hotel

80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

Tel: +44 131 557 9797

https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-edinburgh

If you require any assistance locating or booking accommodation, please do not hesitate to get in the touch with the events team at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, on mhses.events@ed.ac.uk or by calling +44 131 651 6167.

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