Transitions 19 Call for abstracts

2-4th October, 2019. Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne.
An international research symposium hosted by the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project

Transitions 19 begins with a proposition – research is showing innovative learning environments (ILEs) are not a magic cure, but evidence is mounting that they constitute a powerful tool that – if used well – improves student educational experiences. We can now say schools (and teachers) navigate a transformative journey as they reimagine their learning spaces.

  • What is involved in making the journey from traditional to innovative learning environments?
  • What is the latest research telling us about how teachers can be helped on this journey?

We invite academics, professionals, Masters and PhD students undertaking research to submit abstracts for 15-minute presentations which address these central questions and addressing one or more of the following themes:

• Teaching approaches for effective learning in ILEs
• Designing for learning – linking educational vision and design
• Furniture choice and learning
• Utilising technology to maximise usefulness of ILEs
• Creating effective sound environments
• Building teachers spatial competencies
• Recognising and effectively utilizing affordances of well-designed and established ILEs.

What is Transitions 19?

Transitions events have been held in Australia, North America and Europe by the ILETC project team in 2017 and 2018. These events have provided a forum for researchers from across a range of disciplines in education and design share their findings, engage in discussion with practitioners and inform the work of the ILETC project.

Transitions19 will be a working conference with participants actively involved in discussion and workshops. 2019 is the third and penultimate year of the ILETC project and findings are emerging that will guide improved spatial-educative practices in schools. Workshops will provide a deeper understanding of ILETC findings and test if ILETCs resources and tools have currency across all aspects of learning environment use.

The program will include 3 days in Melbourne featuring research presentations by national and international researchers, ILETC findings, keynote speakers and workshops tours of innovative schools in the Melbourne area. A draft program will be available in May.

Selection of Presentations

The process of selection is:

  1. Closing dates for abstracts are detailed below. All abstracts are blind peer reviewed and the highest rated papers are selected for the program by the organising committee. All those submitting abstracts are advised of the decision by email as close as possible to the dates listed below.
  2. Selected authors then prepare a draft paper and submit on the due date. These papers are provided to the organising committee to enable them to prepare for the event.
  3. Presenters prepare presentation slides and provide to the organisers on the date stipulated.
  4. Following the event presenters are invited to revise and complete their paper and submit for publication in the event proceedings.
  5. Papers are reviewed and final copy/changes send to authors.

Guidelines and templates :

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Opens 4th April
  • Submissions close extended to 10th June (5pm AEST)
  • Notification of acceptance 15th July
  • Presenter registration due 2nd August
  • Draft paper due 2nd September
  • Presentation slides due 30th September
  • Final paper due 4th November

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