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Global Childhood Research Day

Cultural and universal dimensions of children's play and its role in development and education

Professor Artin Göncü

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 Artin Göncü (Ph.D, 1983) received his Master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Houston. He joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987 as the Coordinator of the Master's program in Early Childhood Education. He served as the Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology (2006-2009) where he held the title of Professor until August, 2013. Dr. Göncü's research illustrates the role of cultural and social contexts in human development and education. His specific research projects focus on the development of imaginative play during childhood, parents' and teachers' roles in child development, professional development of early childhood teachers as well as the role of play in adult education and development. Dr. Göncü has lectured extensively in many countries including Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Date: December 12th 2015 

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From Comparative Education to Global Studies in Education

Professor Fazal Rizvi

Held: 12th May, 2015


Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, and is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Born in India and educated in India, Australia and the UK, he has worked in a number of countries. He has written extensively on issues of identity, culture and difference in transnational settings, theories of globalization and educational policy studies, and internationalization of education. His most recent books include: Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010) and Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014). His current research deals with issues relating to the pedagogic possibilities of cosmopolitanism, processes of elite formation in the globalizing contexts, and academic and research collaborations across national systems of higher education.  For details of the seminar please click here, for the presentation slides click here and to view the presentation you can click here.


Education and the Global Financial Crisis: The Embers of Truth in the Ashes of Finance

Associate Professor Campbell Jones 

Held: 28th March, 2014 

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AssociateProfessor Campbell Jones currently teaches finance and critical theory at the University of Auckland. His work is above all concerned with the analysis and critique of capitalist ideology as he seeks to comprehend the ideas that circulate i scholarly and cultural representations that function so as to relinquish social and political control over the economy and thus reproduce and extend the command of capital over life. His well received seminar addresses educators regarding the prospects for public education in the face of finance, in a context in which many of the boundaries within educational institutions and the spaces between education and its others have been breached. For further details of the seminar go here

His most recent book is 'Can the Market Speak?' (2013) through Zero Books click here for information and his most recently published article is 'Finance, University, Revolt" in Argos Aotearoa (2014), further information can be found here.  

Beyond Survival: A comparative perspective on resettling Refugees in New Zealand and the United States

Professor Jody McBrien

Held: 13th May, 2014 

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Associate Professor McBrien, from the College of Education at the University of South Florida in the Unite Sates. research has focused on refugee resettlement in the United States, and post-war supports and rebuilding in Northern Uganda. In New Zealand in 2014, on an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy, her research project was to examine educational policy with respect to refugee students and families in comparison to actual practice in New Zealand schools. Her well receivedseminar explored the similarities and differences inn educational settlement processes for young refugees between the Unites States and New Zealand. 

For more information in her work and publications, please visit here or to view further information on this presentation look here