'Small States' conference draws international audience
16 November 2010
Delegates from member states in the Commonwealth of Nations were among a large international audience at the University’s Graduate School of Education, which recently hosted a conference on ‘Educational Policies and Priorities in Commonwealth Small States’.
Professor Michael Crossley, Director of the Education in Small States Research Group, and colleagues Steve Packer and Terra Sprague presented the initial findings from a research project funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat that addresses the challenges faced by Commonwealth small states.
They considered contexts such as climate change, global economics, and the impact of information and communication technologies, and explored the implications for educational policies and priorities in education, and for future international collaboration and research.
Panellists from several small states, including government figureheads and practitioners, responded with insight and candour about what this research means for their contexts. This provoked perceptive contributions and questions from the audience.
The full research report, ‘Educational Policies and Priorities in Commonwealth Small States’, will be published in book form by the Commonwealth Secretariat later this year.