Washington, D.C. - Experts for the American Institutes for Research (AIR) participated in the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), which attracts academics, researchers and practitioners in the fields of comparative education, international development, and global and regional studies.
The 2009 conference, held in Charleston, S.C., March 22 - March 26, 2009, included topics aimed at fostering cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices.
Conference participants from AIR included:
Sunday, March 22, 2009
8:00-9:30 a.m.: Peter Sampa (discussant), Parents, Communities, and Schooling: Comparative Studies
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Joy du Plessis, Peter Sampa, “Improving quality in Zambia’s community schools: Sustainable strategies or quick fixes?” Case Studies: Reports on Projects and Programs in International Education Development
Monday, March 23, 2009
8:00-9:30 a.m.: Dr. Judy Benjamin (discussant), An Analytic Framework for Education and Fragility: Expanding Evidence and Improving Practice
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Dr. Jayne Millar Wood, “Globalization and Education Reform in Uganda,” Local Encounters with Global Forces
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Dr. Jayne Millar Wood (discussant), Establishing Peace Studies and Integrating Peace Education into Universities
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Evans Mumba, “Teaching in the Window of Hope: The Problems and Possibilities of College HIV/AIDS Education in Zambia,” HIV/AIDS Education in Sub-Saharan Africa from a Comparative Perspective
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Dr. Hamid Kizilbash, “Transferring lessons learned and stakeholder-driven development models: Recent experience in Pakistan,” The Transferability of Stakeholder-Driven Development Models
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Meredith McCormac, “Education and fragility in Northern Uganda,” Comparative Studies and Current Research in Ugandan Education
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
8:00-9:30 a.m.: Jennifer Anderson, “Creating supportive environments for teaching and learning literacy: Lessons from USAID’s PSSP:SFP,” Improving Educational Quality through Literacy: Understanding the Beginning Literacy Program for Malawi in Context
10:00-11:30 a.m.: Dr. David Miller and Lauren Pisani, “Looking at U.S. student achievement through an international lens: How in the world do our kids do?” Frameworks of Comparison and International Assessment in Education
12:00-1:30 p.m.: Dr. Markus Broer, “Developing formative and summative instruments for a USAID-Nicaragua project: Results and experiences;” Dr. Michelle Chen, “Developing curriculum aligned test items to guide assessment of primary school students in Namibia;” Dr. Abdullah Ferdous, “Student assessments and teacher observation for the PAKISTAN-RISE project evaluation;” Olivia Padilla, “Developing university admissions testing in Ukraine: Applying international best practices” Best Practice Approaches in Student Assessment in USAID Projects in Namibia, Pakistan, and Ukraine
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Meredith McCormac and Dr. Nitika Tolani-Brown, “An analysis for the research and impact of ICT in education and developing country contexts;” Dr. Roy Zimmermann, “Digital data collection demonstration: A comparison of two methodologies, digital and paper-based;” Comparisons of ICT in Education: The Research Landscape and Best Practices from the Field
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Dr. Anindita Sen, “Remedial reading instruction for fourth grade students: An International Perspective,” The Politics of Literacy: Studies of Literacy and Literacy Achievement.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit www.air.org.