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Welcome Message

You are invited to the 2012 joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA). The conference will also host the 2012 Focal Meeting of the World Education Research Association (WERA).

The conference will be held at the University of Sydney from Sunday 2 to Thursday 6 December.

Sydney Harbour BridgeFor the first time, educational researchers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, as well as many other countries around the world, will have an opportunity to share local, national, regional and global perspectives. The conference theme of Regional and global cooperation in educational research, invites conference delegates to harness the momentum of this joint conference. Conferring with such wide ranging delegates offers a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and for fostering communication and collaboration on an international scale. At a time of major change in the educational sectors worldwide, many of the issues of theory, policy and practice facing national education systems are shared across countries and regions. Working with national curricula, preparing teachers for the future, for professional learning and accreditation, and learning technology challenges are some of the key areas to excite impetus for shared research initiatives.

Sydney as a large international city and a key hub in the Asia-Pacific provides a stimulating location for an international conference of this kind. The University of Sydney venue (Camperdown campus) is within easy transport reach of Sydney Harbour and all its wonderful landmarks and cultural facilities. The university is central to retail and entertainment precincts and a short stroll to inner-city suburb style cafés and restaurants with a variety of Australian, Asian and international cuisines.

We warmly invite all education researchers and educators from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and around the world to join us in Sydney for a very significant and unique conference event.

Jan Wright, Conference Convenor
Christine Halse, AARE President, President-elect of APERA


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