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UKFIET Conference 2007

11 – 13 September 2007, University of Oxford , Oxford, England

Metaphors of growth have continually informed debates on the role of education in the development of children, schools, communities, economies and nations. The 9th UKFIET International Conference is an invitation to explore the educational implications of Going for Growth in the contemporary world.

For more than 50 years, growth-oriented education has been promoted as a route to economic prosperity, strengthening the market, globalisation, national development, equality of opportunity and poverty alleviation. With the rapidly expanding economies of China, India, parts of Africa and Latin America, economic growth debates are once again prioritised in development and education agendas.

The past decade, however, has seen increasing concern over patterns of economic management that create unprecedented poverty, degrade the environment and increase inequality, as wealth creation for the few denies livelihood, justice and rights for the majority. The 2007 UKFIET Conference seeks to make a further contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 – 2014). The challenge is to ensure that educational policy and practice stimulate personal development and well-being, community learning and social responsibility, along with economic success.

A word about the character of the Oxford Conference: All the different constituencies concerned with international education in the UK have been running this special biennial conference since 1991. Oxcon has a very special character. It attracts a very wide range of the British resource in international education, including development agencies like DFID, major NGOs, all the main academic centres of expertise on international and comparative education, consultancy firms etc etc. But it draws on a very wide participation from other countries, from Mexico to Japan, from India to Uganda, and from Chile to China. Many international agencies have found it valuable to attend, including the World Bank, UNESCO, US Foundations, and many bilateral agencies, including Swedish Sida, Swiss Development Cooperation and many others.

But the conference is not too large, and there is great scope for interaction and exchange in the generous rooms of the Examination Halls. Also many of the publishers will be present, with special promotions. There is a unique atmosphere.

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