Educational Effectiveness and Improvement Research, Policy and Practice (EEIRPP):

Present Needs, Future Development and New Directions

Facilitated by David Reynolds University of Southampton  (DR) Christopher Chapman University of Glasgow (CC) and Alma Harris, Institute of Education, London and University of Malaysia (AH)

Session - This interactive session will explore the future directions needed for EEIRPP to continue to develop high quality knowledge, relevant for societies, practitioners and policy-makers.  The session will debate and discuss potential directions for change and further advances. It is increasingly clear that rapidly changing international social, economic, political, educational and environmental structures demand changes in the discipline. The session will explore the potential and possibilities for educational effectiveness, (systems, schools and teachers) (DR), the system/school/teacher improvement area and associated policies (CC), and the professional development policies necessary to enable and deliver change in classrooms, schools and educational systems (AH). It will also engage conference participants and keynote speakers in debate and dialogue around key questions and issues about the future of the field.

Invitation ? Anyone attending ICSEI 2014, especially those from the host nation and nations not heavily represented in ICSEI, would be very welcome if they wanted to participate with us in the production of papers as well as in the session.

Plenary Session: Policy, Practice and Research Debate

Speakers: Suwarsih Madya, Lynn Brown, Daniel Muijs.


SPEAKER 1: Suwarsih Madya          

In 1977 Suwarsih Madya was appointed as a faculty member at the Faculty of Literature and Arts Teacher Education, the Institute of Teacher Education and Educational Science. This Institute was converted into Yogyakarta State University (YSU) in 1999, in which her Faculty was also renamed into Faculty of Languages and Arts. It is in this Faculty that she has enjoyed teaching educational student teachers of English. 
She commenced her Second Master's degree program at Macquarie University, Australia four years later and completed this in 1983 focusing on teacher development.  One year later  she returned to Macquarie University  to her Ph.D. Program  and completed it in 1988, maintaining her interest in teacher development, believing that the teachers' needs should be the focus for their professional development leading to their professional autonomy.  It was the curriculum at Macquaries University that gave her ample opportunity to acquire further knowledge of language, learning, teaching and education from theoretical and practical perspectives. She deepened her insights into language teacher education through courses such as curriculum development, teacher education, and educational technology with substantial emphasis being determined by individual students according to their academic background, combining lectures, seminars, and semi-structured field (school) observation followed by analytical and reflective reports. All of this later facilitated her involvement in the national project of secondary school English curriculum development in Indonesia (1990-1994).
Her insights into educational crucial issues were enhanced through a number of positions she assumed. She was assigned as an Attach? of Education and Culture at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 1995-1999, and then as the Assistant Director of the Postgraduate Program at YSU 2000-2002. She was appointed Head of the Bureau for International Cooperation and Public Relation for the Ministry of National Education in Jakarta from 2003-2005 and in the same period became a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Education, Humburg, Germany in which she was involved in extensive discussions on adult education. She returned to YSU but again she got an assignment  as the  Head of the Office of Education of the Special Territory of Yogyakarta (2008-2010).  Upon completing her external  assignment, she returned to YSU as a full professor. All her experiences have led her to conclude that education is indeed a huge, complex yet noble business which should be a cross-sector concern and needs a strong yet empowering leadership. With this conclusion, she is now utilizing her understanding to help facilitate the cooperation between her university and other educational institutions of all levels both inside the country and abroad having assumed the position as the Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Partnership Affairs.
Professionally, Suwarsih Madya has participated actively in the Indonesia Association of Teaching English of Foreign Languages with various functions including Journal Reviewer, Vice-President and President (2003-2009). She is coordinator of the Evaluation and Measurement Division (2010-current) and now leads the development of the Test of English Proficiency used nationally online. She also served as the Indonesian representative in then Asia TEFL (2005-2009) and chaired the Organizing Committee of the 6th Asia TEFL International Conference in Bali, August 2008 attended by 1068 participants from 34 countries.


SPEAKER 2: Lynn Brown

Following her long teaching experience (1983-2012), Mrs. Lynn Brown has assumed the position of  an instructional coordinator for Nanaimo/Ladysmith Public Schools District, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University in 1987, her Diploma in Teacher Leadership frim Vancouver Island University in 2010, and her Master in Education (Educational Leadership) from Vancouver Island University in 2010. Her educational leadership has been recognized through a number of publications, including  International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (2011-2013), PE British Columbia (2011), and Ministry of Education Deputy Report (2010). Her educational leadership is also reflected in the certificates she has received: Physical Education Teacher Excellence (PETE) British Columbia award winner (2012), Island Coalition Passport to Leadership Certificate (2007), and Reading Award (2007). Her other professional developments include Network of Innovative Inquiry (2013-2008), Healthy Schools Network Leader (2013-2008), and  Healthy Living Performance Standards Writing Team (2009-2007).

SPEAKER 3: Daniel Muijs

Professor Daniel Muijs is Chair of Education. Previously he worked at the University of Manchester as Chair of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, as Chair of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and is co-editor of the journal 'School Effectiveness and School Improvement'. He has published widely in the areas of educational effectiveness, leadership and research methods, and has conducted research for government agencies (DCSF, NCSL, QCA), Charitable Trusts (Gatsby) and Research Councils (ESRC).

CHAIR: Tony Mackay





SPEAKER 4: Professor Isak Froumin

Academic Director, HSE Institute of Education

Lead Education Specialist and Senior Strategic Development Advisor, World Bank and National Research University, Higher School of Economics

Professor Isak Froumin is a Senior Education Specialist in the World Bank. He is based in Moscow and he is leading the World Bank education program in Russia. This program includes support for reform of higher education, introduction of information technologies into education, textbook production reform and school restructuring. He is a member of an education expert group for the President of the Russian Federation.

His World Bank experience also includes projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkmenistan and India. He is also strategic development advisor for the Higher School of Economics (HSE) university in Moscow. As an advisor he is supervising strategic planning and internationalization of the university. Before joining the World Bank in 1999 he was a principal of a laboratory schools and the director of Institute of Experimental Pedagogy at Krasnoyarsk State University in Siberia. During this period he was a director of a number of international research projects with universities from US, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom. He is an editor and author of numerous books and articles on educational reform and theory of education.