Equity and Diversity

Submit a proposal

If you are a practitioner in youth education or youth issues, we encourage you to share your knowledge by presenting at the Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education conference.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday 28 June.

Conference themes

The conference will address four key themes:

  1. Beyond Barriers to Education: addressing the barriers identified by young people and progressing the conversation
  2. Meaningful Engagement: sharing experiences in connecting with young people, schools and the wider community
  3. Research Past Present and Future: exploring current research on engagement strategies for aspiration, access and achievement in education and identifying further research needs
  4. Best Practice Models: sharing success, reflections on best practice, acknowledging the gaps and breaking through the barriers for aspiration, access and achievement.

Presentation types

All presentation sessions will be conducted over 40 minutes. Proposals for presentations at the conference may be submitted as one of the following presentation types:

Featured session
This type of session is best suited to special-interest topics that appeal to a broad spectrum of the conference participants. 

Discussion session
This type of session is best suited for position papers, reviews of theoretical or conceptual frameworks, works-in-progress, policy analyses, or topics that generate, or benefit from, extended discussion. It may begin with you presenting a synopsis of your work, to generate interactive discussion. You are encouraged to distribute copies of your papers and/or a short handout summarising your work.

Panel session
In this type of session a facilitator introduces the panel of up to five panel members with expertise or informed knowledge on a specific topic and manages the interaction of delegates with panel members.

Workshop or interactive presentation
This type of session is ideal for teaching or demonstrating particular procedures, skills or techniques. These sessions should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is provided, with ample time for audience interaction, participation and involvement.

Poster or exhibit display
This format is ideal for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. Each display should include a brief abstract of the purpose and procedures of the work; handouts or copies of written material may also be available. Space for the poster or exhibit will be provided, however you must organise all materials, including posters, displays, handouts or other appropriate materials.

Submit your proposal

Please send your proposal to sae@deakin.edu.au by Friday 28 June, including the following information:

  • title of proposal
  • conference theme: which of the four themes above does your proposal relate to?
  • presentation type (e.g. presentation, panel, workshop)
  • specific topic to be discussed (short description, 50 words or less)
  • currency of information (specify when your research, program or project was undertaken)
  • why this is interesting to the audience - describe what benefit the audience will gain from attending this session
  • description of the specific implications for youth from your proposal
  • audio visual equipment requirements.

Submissions are also welcome for poster or exhibit displays.

You will be contacted by the Program Committee prior to being scheduled in the program.

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21st June 2013