The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) is a not-for-profit society formed in 2008 to enable professional and academic educational discourse on the Gulf region from a comparative stance.
The 2016 GCES Symposium calls for papers that focus on the use of innovation to transform education, at any level, across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Papers that utilize a comparative perspective are particularly welcome, as this is the focus of the society. Comparisons can be made across various dimensions including, but not limited to: time, space, or level of education. Papers might explore how education innovation can be conceptualized by scholars and policymakers as an alternative paradigm to traditional educational methods and what the implications are. A critical approach, which looks at both the promises and pitfalls of embracing innovation or of rapid transformations, is encouraged in order to provide a comprehensive examination of the topic. Relevant topics could include Open, Flexible, Online (OFO) education, changes in pedagogy, use of new technologies, the role of non-governmental organizations, etc.
Both quantitative and qualitative research is welcome. Additionally, all abstracts should include the following:
- Background: Explains the purpose of the work and provides a brief description of the problem/research question addressed
- Methods: Indicates the theoretical-methodological approach used
- Results: Clearly presents primary findings of the study
- Conclusion: Briefly discusses the main outcome of the study in relation to the research question
- Relevance to the GCC
Abstract Submission Details
Abstracts proposals should be submitted online at: http://gulfcomped.ning.com/page/abstract-submissions-1
Deadline: December 14th, 2015
Notification: February 2016
Doctoral Student & Faculty Travel Grants
The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research will offer one travel grant to a doctoral student presenting results from their research at the 2016 GCES Symposium. Additionally, the Arab Open University - Kuwait Branch will sponsor one travel grant to a professor presenting research at the 2016 GCES symposium. The grants will each be up to $1,000 and will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract. It can be used for travel, accommodation, or other related expenses.
To apply, visit: http://gulfcomped.ning.com/page/travel-grant-application.
The deadline is December 14th, 2015.
Conference registration and annual membership fee: 400 AED ($108)*
Conference registration and annual membership fee (student): 250 AED ($68)*
*Presenters at the conference will receive a 50% discount.
Registration fee includes light refreshments, lunches, and access to all speaker presentations during the symposium.
For more information about GCES or the 2016 Symposium, log onto our website at: http://gulfcomped.ning.com/