A Science, Art, and/or Tool for Transforming Futures
The overarching vision for this year’s Graduate Student Research Conference is examining the idea of Educational Design - critically, creatively and pedagogically. This concept may be expressed through:
Exploring teachers and researchers as creative designers (How do educational researchers and teachers innovate design today to prepare students for tomorrow?);
Probing into and provoking the discipline of Education in new ways (Whose voices have been heard and whose have silenced in creating policies, curriculum documents, research studies, classroom communities, etc?);
Questioning how we conceptualize design within principles of pedagogy and practical teaching strategies (Is educational design a science, an art, a tool, or all or none of these?)
Creatively flexible, this topic can be explored by researchers, teachers, curriculum theorists and designers, psychologists, and higher education specialists, as well as educators at all levels who bring an active social justice and equity lens into education. This adaptable theme has been chosen to allow for unique perspectives and spark diverse discussions towards the goal of renewing our deep appreciation for education. For a list of all themes in education related to this overarching topic, please see Presentation Topics.