Global Learning Metrics - Nov. 10-11, 2016

Welcome to the CIES 2016 Symposium

Event Contact

Silvia Aparicio

Dear all,

We look forward to hosting the inaugural symposium of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) “The Possibility and Desirability of Global Learning Metrics: Comparative Perspectives on Education Research, Policy and Practice”! The event will take place on November 10-11, 2016 in Scottsdale and will be hosted by Arizona State University - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College’s Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education and edXchange.

We selected global learning metrics as the focus of the symposium because it is a timely and increasingly challenging educational and political issue at the center of multiple global debates about the future of education. Learning outcomes have recently been enshrined as central policy objectives in the new international education and development agenda. Unlike goals that seek to universalize access for education, for which consensus is strong, debates around learning are considerably more contested. How can learning among children – and adults – be measured and compared across diverse contexts and systems? Which learning domains should be assessed and why? How far can learning gaps be closed? Is the development of a global learning metric possible and/or desirable?

Our goal is to bring together different actors interested in this topic - including academics, practitioners, policymakers, educators, social activists, and others - to make connections between the worlds of theory, research, policy and practice. The symposium will feature keynote plenary debates as well as focused parallel sessions, thus creating a vibrant new space for dialogue about global learning metrics among different stakeholders. While the participants for the keynote plenaries have been confirmed, we are currently seeking submissions for the parallel breakout sessions. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2016. Please consider submitting proposals for individual papers or panels to share your research, ideas, and opinions on this important topic!

We look forward to seeing you in Arizona!

Iveta Silova and Gustavo Fischman
CIES Symposium Chairs