The Forth Asian Conference on Education



25- 28 October 2012


The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Education, to be held from October 25-28 2012, in Osaka, Japan.
The Asian Conference on Education is an interdisciplinary international conference that invites academics and independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. Since its inception in 2009, ACE has welcomed over one thousand academics and practitioners to its annual Osaka event. The 2012 conference will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education. Academics working in Japan and Asia will be encouraged to forge working relationships with each other, as well as with colleagues from Europe and the US, facilitating partnerships across borders.
As previous Asian Conferences on Education have shown, education and lifelong learning can be seen as a solution to a host of local and global problems whilst globalized education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically and culturally diverse. Nevertheless, knowledge is often defined through discourses embedded in Western paradigms, whilst globalised education systems become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies.

The Fourth Asian Conference on Education extends these discussions to consider the pedagogic challenges of developing transformative spaces for learning and teaching. The conference organizers encourage submissions that consider learning and teaching through one of the following sub-themes, although submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome:


– Challenges and transformations in learning and teaching
– Virtual spaces: digital technologies and communications
– Connections and disconnections in learning and teaching
– Learning and teaching in glocal spaces of transformation
– Space, Architecture and Learning
– Global education and education for sustainable development
– ‘Englishes’ and cultural communications
– (Inter)cultural communications & understanding: challenging and preserving cultural differences
– Leadership in in learning and teaching
– Bi-cultural, bilingual and bi-national education
Conference Theme: Learning and Teaching Through Transformative Spaces
Call for Papers Now Open: Abstract Submissions Deadline July 1 2012
For more information about submitting a proposal,please visit the website at
We hope to see you (again) in Osaka in 2012! 
ACE 2012 Conference Co-chairs

Professor Sue Jackson
Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching, Professor  of Lifelong Learning and Gender, Birkbeck,
University of London

 Professor Michiko Nakano
 Professor of Education & Director of the Distance Learning Center,
 Waseda University, Tokyo

ACE 2012 Programme Advisers
Professor Mary Stuart
 Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Professor Judith Chapman, A.M.
 Professor of Education, Australian Catholic
University and Fellow, St Edmund’s Hall, Cambridge University

Professor David Aspin
 Professor Emeritus of Education and Former Dean,
Monash University, Melbourne

 Professor Tien-Hui Chiang
 Professor of Education, National Tainan University

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