For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.
Graduate Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate studies program. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference.
The deadline for graduate scholar applications can be found on the form below. We look forward to receiving your application!
Noraishiyah Abdullah is a final-year PhD student Mathematics education at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She received her MEd degrees in Mathematics Education from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She holds a Diploma in Education from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. She is a mathematics graduate from the University of New South Wales, Australia and she is currently on study leave to pursue her PhD. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute, Malaysia. Her interest has always been about how to teach mathematics better. Her PhD research is in the field of mathematics education for engineers, she explores understanding of Differential Equations of undergraduate engineering students.
Margaret Carr works at Stonehill College in Easton, MA as Assistant to the President. She works to develop and implement college-wide initiatives. She also works with the President on development activities and other special projects. She is a member of the President’s Cabinet. Prior to joining Stonehill, she held management position in sales, marketing, public relations and development roles in several area hospitals and non-profit organizations.She holds a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a M.B.A. from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Drexel University.
Nikoleta Chadou is in progress of completing a MEd in Education Sciences with Concentration in Special Education from the University of Nicosia. She holds a MSc (2009) in Models of Designing and Planning Educational Units from University of the Aegean-Rhodes and BSc (2007) in Pre-school Education and Educational Design from University of the Aegean-Rhodes. She has completed Annual Training Programs in Special Education (2010) and School Counseling (2011). She holds a Certificate of Adequacy in Writing and Reading Braille (2010). She is in 2nd year of training in learning Greek sign language at Hellenic Federation of the Deaf (HFD), aiming towards Certification of Adequacy in Sign Language. She works as a Special Education Pre-school Teacher at 54th Public Kindergarten School Piraeus. Over the past four years she has worked as a Kindergarten teacher in public and private sector. Her main research interests are Life-long learning, Continuing education, Professional development, Inclusive education, Strategic marketing for schools. She has attended several seminars, workshops and participated with oral and poster presentations in some of the scientific conferences attended (published in relevant proceedings).
Eva Soroniati is studying Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. Her work has in the last years focused on holistic systemic approaches to the design of products and services. She is primarily interested in applying design principals for environmentally and socially sensitive applications. She has participated in several seminars and competitions in the field. Her most recent work --in collaboration with Roxani Skiada and Gardeli Anna-- has been the creation of an application for dyslexic kids in order to help them learn mathematics and language in a playful and interactive way. The application was submitted to 2013 Microsoft-Imagine Cup competition where it won second place.
Katia Hildebrandt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Toronto in 2003; she then earned a Masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University while teaching middle and high school English in Baltimore, Maryland. Katia currently works as a research assistant and instructor at the University of Regina, where she teaches pre-service educators in the area of educational foundations. Her dissertation research is focused on teacher narratives of school reform; she is interested in the ways in which teachers working in increasingly standardized learning environments maintain a sense of agency in their practice while attending to both the externally imposed narratives of schooling and the educational narratives brought into the classroom by diverse student populations.
Shaohua is originally from China. She did her master in Hospitality and Business management at Birmingham University. After graduating, she had been working at an educational group and was assigned to be a teacher and then program manager. In 2010, she started her PhD in Education at the University of Manchester, UK, specifying at Chinese Parents’ Perspectives on Early Years Education. She is interested in how parents’ perspectives are formed and what influences will be involved in their choice making process. The main method used to do her research was narrative. After conducting a series of interviews and analyzing chronologically, she found that narrative was so important to people when making choices as well as experiencing the choices.
Liene Kvedere is a third year doctoral student at Daugavpils University in Latvia studying in the program "Pedagogy". She has been working as a teacher at school and adults’ teaching centre for seven years. She is writing her doctoral thesis in the sphere of mathematics education investigating interconnection between teaching approach used by mathematics teachers and 9th grade students' mathematical self-efficacy, self-concept and anxiety. She has taken part in more than 15 international conferences and she has several publications included in internationally recognised journals, conference proceedings and database www.sciencedirect.com You can contact her by email email@example.com
Tatzia Langlo is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. She studies in the focus of Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education. Research interests reach into the development of global learning-teaching communities and the need for increased communication, cultural, and contextual competencies involved with interacting as global citizens on the stage of the global world. Educational background includes BA in Communication with a research focus of cultural communication in education, a minor in education, and an additional degree in Early Child Education. As a scholar and researcher she works with a non-profit organization based on principles and practices of civil participation, service-learning, and education assistance through development of local and global relationships. She maintains emphasis in Global Studies and Language Interaction and Social Organization. As a hobby she writes and facilitates the publication of children's books, stories, and anthologies. In her work she has a passion for story telling as a means of sharing ideas and information. Ms. Langlo practices principles of teaching and learning in collaboration with students, colleagues, families and communities. She approaches learning through the process of exploration and discovery in ways that meet interests and needs effectively and with purpose.
Laczkó, Mária is a teaher and researcher from Hungary. She is teaching in the secondary school Hungarian Grammar, Literature and the second languge, English, and at the university some linguistic subjects like psycholinguistics, phonetics, communication, speech . Her research work is focused on the mother tongue acquistion process of little children, schoolchilden and teenagers, the second language acquistion process and applied linguistic and phonetic research including the speech understanding pocess, and the reading comprehension and reading difficulties (diagnose and therapy). Her special interest is the analysis of spontaneous speech of young children and teenagers both in mother tongue and in foreign language in phonetic aspects (speech tempo, melody patterns, stress and role of them, slips of the tongues) and in semantic aspects including the size and operation of their mental lexicon in spontaneous speech.
She has studied at the Medical College and the University of philosophy.She has passed her PhD studies and got her PhD degree. In her PhD studies she examined the interrelation of the reading process and spontaneous speech in semantic aspects both in mother tongue and in foreign languagee She has written a lot of articles and studies regarding her results of her rerearch work including them publishing in English at the international conferences. She is a member of some associations including the international ones.
Rishabh Kumar Mishra is currently pursuing his doctoral research at Department of Education, University of Delhi, India. He has done his Masters in Geography as well as in Education. He has taught at Vasant Valley School, which is one of the most progressive schools in India. He was awarded Junior Research Fellowship by University Grants Commission, India. His research interests include 'Culture, Cognition and Pedagogy'. He has presented several papers in International and National forums. He has been associated as Consultant with International organizations such as UNFPA, CARE-INDIA, Save the Children and so forth.
Umut Oğur was born in Antakya-Turkey in 1980. Completed his BSc. in 2002 and MSc. in 2004 at Electronics Engineering Dept. of Ankara University and continuing his PhD. on Community Education at Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Dept. of Ankara University. He is member of Chamber of Electrical Engineers and working at ‘Training’ and ‘Library’ commissions at Ankara branch of the Chamber. He has responsibilities at ‘Adult Education and Adult Educators Association’ as a member and at ‘Contemporary Women and Youth Foundation’ as a member of Directory Board. He has been developing and managing project based training programmes, with the support of various national and international donors including United Nations and European Commision, in a wide range of topics including ‘energy and technology’, ‘promoting science in society’ and ‘women’s empowerment’. He is married and has two children.
Elias Stouraitis is currently a PhD Student in Didactics of History at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. He completed his undergraduate studies in History and Archaeology at the University of Athens in Greece and undertook a Master Degree in Modern Greek History at the University of Athens. He teaches History at private education in Greece. His main research interests are: History Education, Historiography, Memory Identity and History, Design of Educational Softwares for History with the use of Information and Communication Technology.
Wynand J van der Merwe is a final-year D.Ed student in mathematics curriculum studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He received his M.Ed degree also from Unisa. He holds a BA degree from the University of Pretoria and a Diploma in Education from the University of the Free-State SA. His research interest is on handbook authors and teachers interpretation of the mathematical curriclum in SA. He has forty-five years experiece as mathematics teacher and School Principal at various schools in SA. He also has hands on experience of teaching mathematical concepts to teacher students and was a mathematical lecturer at Pretoria College of Education. He is highly skilled in planning effective classroom instruction and is currently a training instructor for the Department of Education in Gauteng for presenting OBE and FET to mathematics teachers. He is also a freelance facilitator for Macmillan Treacher Campus SA helping mathematics teachers in practical presentation of mathematics in the classroom, evaluation, methodology, class-organisation, group-work and learning theories. He wrote audiovisual material for mathematics education, mathematics programmes for the SABC and mathematics study guides for the Department of Education (SA).
Eunice Miguel-Aclan is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Universiti Utara Malaysia. She has a BA in English, MA in Education and has completed her academic requirements for MA in English Language and Literature Teaching at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. A lecturer at the Center for International Languages of University of Malaysia Perlis handling international students who have rare opportunities practicing their English in their home country and in Malaysia, Eunice enjoys teaching English courses especially All-Asians and British Parliamentary Debate. It is her way of not only dramatically improving her international students’ language skills but also their critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as research and other important soft skills as evidenced by the researches she has conducted. From her over 10 years of teaching debate, she believes that the best way to teach language is by letting the students learn it in a context, in a challenging, meaningful and fun way. Seeing her students wanting to learn more even outside her classes makes her teaching life fulfilling as it is her constant desire to develop students’ life-long learning skills and for them to become critically thinking individuals who are able to effectively communicate their ideas whether they are in the engineering, business or any field. Her dissertation on program evaluation is a real challenge to her as she wishes to significantly contribute to the improvement of her own program which is still in its infancy or developmental stage. For her, using mixed methodology – quantitative and qualitative- is the best approach that suits her particular context to find out the effectiveness of her program as well as its overall quality by identifying its strengths and weaknesses for well-informed decision and policy making for the improvement of the program. By joining in the 20th International Conference on Learning, Eunice believes that her research skills will be more enhanced and she is grateful for being chosen as one of the Graduate Scholar awardees to serve as a facilitator and paper presenter. Her research interests include Program Evaluation, SLA, Teaching and Learning Strategies, World Englishes, Language and Educational Policies and Curriculum and Syllabus Design. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Honghua Wang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include second language acquisition, translator and interpreter training, etc. She has published in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas. Apart from teaching English as a foreign language and translation between English and Chinese for many years, she has edited a series of textbooks on Business English.