Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults CALL FOR PAPERS SCUTREA 2010 40th Annual Conference Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning, teaching and research in adult education past, present and future University of Warwick, UK, 6-8 July, 2010 Purpose and Theme of the Conference Adult education and lifelong learning has a history and biography. As adult educators and researchers in diverse settings we need, from time to time, to reflect back on that history and explore the changes that have shaped adult education teaching and learning today. Adult education has developed from being a distinct field in defined contexts to a more differentiated form with learning taking place in a wide range of locations. This change has included a shift in terminology and concepts from extra-mural to continuing adult education to lifelong learning. This process has also been accompanied by policy changes which have witnessed the current move towards a more economic approach with an emphasis on vocational learning and learning for qualifications. Some would argue that this has been at the expense of the more humanistic approaches of liberal adult education and the concern of learning for learning’s sake and radical adult education with its stress on social purpose. This conference will provide a space for adult educators and researchers to reflect back on the past while thinking about the future in relation to learning and teaching. The conference will explore the ways the changing biography of adult education and lifelong learning has influenced and transformed adult learning and teaching. What has been the role of adult educators and their biographies in this? What do we want to reclaim of the past as we move forward to the future? How have these changes affected the learning experiences of adult students in diverse settings? How can research help us to understand the changing biography of adult education? How will the past shape the future of pedagogical practices? Was the past what we remember and, looking forward, what are our utopias, hopes and ideas and how can we as adult educators be agentic in shaping the future? The conference welcomes papers, symposia, roundtable discussions, and other forms of dissemination of research which contribute to theory, policy and practice in the education of adults. The aim of the conference will be to bring together new and experienced researchers, and research students engaged in researching the education of adults to critically examine the nature, role and discourse of teaching and learning in diverse settings in relation to one or more of the following eight themes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Historical and current research in pedagogical and policy practices The analysis of conceptual changes in adult education practice Critical approaches to teaching and learning The role of adult educators Theorising the past and the future of adult education and lifelong learning Methodological approaches to teaching and learning Issues of class, gender, race, age and disability in relation to teaching and learning. Comparative analysis of teaching and learning in an international context Location The University of Warwick is located in central England on the outskirts of Coventry and close to the historic towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. It is a campus University consisting of 290 hectares with green fields, lakes and woods. (Maps of campus walks are available on http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting) The University also has a large Arts Centre open to the public with theatres, cinema, art gallery a restaurant, record shop and a bookshop(see http://www.warwickarscentre.co.uk ) Banks, a post office and a small supermarket are also available on campus. There is also a Sports Centre with, for example, a swimming pool, gym, climbing wall and other facilities which conference participants can use. Both Warwick and Kenilworth have spectacular castles. Stratford-Upon-Avon is about 16 miles away. The beautiful Cotswolds are also close by. Buses go from the campus to Coventry, Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon. The nearest international airport is Birmingham International about 15 – 20 minutes away by train and car. It is accessible by rail and road links. Trains leave London Euston every half hour taking about one hour. The University is situated close to three motorways; the M40, M1, M6 and M45. See the following webpage for details about travel to and from the campus and also for photos of the campus, campus maps, campus walks and archaeological information – http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting Accommodation Accommodation will be in Scarman House – a purpose built conference centre on the campus. All the rooms are ensuite and internet access is available free of charge in the bedrooms. Scarman House has won several awards for its conference facilities and services. Car parking is available at Scarman House. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/conferences/delegateinformation for further details Fees Proposals are now invited for papers, symposia and roundtable presentations Submitting a proposal for a paper, symposium or roundtable presentation Abstracts should be submitted by virus-free email attachment in Word or RTF format to Barbara.Merrill@warwick.ac.uk. Abstracts must: 1. Show the title of the proposed contribution and whether it is a paper, symposium, roundtable or poster session. They should not show the name of the author/s or affiliation. Please include the author name/s, affiliation, email address, postal address and the title of the proposed contribution must be included in the body of the accompanying email message. 2. The abstract must be no more than 600 words (font – Times New Roman, 12 points) 3. Include a summary of the main topic of the proposed contribution, showing clearly how it will reflect the conference theme. 4. Give an indication of the (a) the key theoretical and/or research to which the contribution will relate; (b) whether or not it will draw on new and/or existing empirical data. (NB: full bibliographical details of any references cited in the abstract need not be included.) The deadline for submission of abstracts is 11 January 2010. Proposers (main proposers only in the case of joint papers or symposia) will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by the end of February 2010. The deadline for the submission of completed papers etc is 19 April 2010. These should be sent to Barbara.Merrill@warwick.ac.uk Papers received after this date will not be published in the Proceedings Guidelines for submission, together with conference registration forms, will be available on the SCUTREA website for download from January 2010: http://www.scutrea.ac.uk Papers: Papers should be 3,500 words maximum. This word limit includes references etc. The editors reserve the right to edit any paper which exceeds this limit and if it significantly exceeds this limit to return the paper to the author within a strict timescale. The time allowed for presentation at the conference will be 45 minutes. Presenters are expected to allow at least 20 minutes for discussion. Symposia: the word limit is 7000. This includes any references etc. The editors reserve the right to edit any paper which exceeds this limit and if it significantly exceeds this limit to return the paper to the author within a strict timescale. Roundtables: The roundtable is provided to enable new researchers, including postgraduate students, and those who wish to discuss aspects of work in progress, to do so in a more informal and relaxed context. It is useful for roundtable presenters to indicate the questions the author/s would like to discuss. An outline paper of approximately 1000 words is required for the Conference proceedings. These should conform to the ‘house style’ for papers. Poster Displays: Please email Barbara.Merrill@warwick.ac.uk of the subject of your display and what space and resources you require. All proof-reading is your responsibility and must be done prior to submission. The editors reserve the right not to include any paper which, in their opinion, will reduce the quality of the proceedings.