32nd National SPERA Conference 2016

Rural Education: Place, Pedagogies, Partnerships and Possibilities

Hosted by CQUniversity Australia’s Ooralea Campus and supported by the University of Tasmania, the 2016 conference will bring together a range of national and international teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, academics, pre-service teachers, community members and parents who are passionate about rural education.

Where: CQUniversity Australia: Ooralea Campus (Mackay)

When: 28-30 September 2016

Download the full flyer here: 2016 SPERA-ISFIRE Conference Flyer (2Mb)

Early Bird Registrations are now open!

Sub Themes

While this conference invites a wide range of submissions that address the general theme, we encourage submissions that speak to one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • Community and Development
  • Place and Space
  • Social Justice
  • Environment
  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Rural Futures

Confirmed speakers and guests include

  • Details coming soon!

Submission of Abstracts

SPERA, with the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England, invites you to submit abstracts for the 32nd National SPERA Conference and 4th International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education.

To submit an abstract, please download, complete and return the proposal template below.

2016 SPERA Conference Abstract Proposal Template (52Kb)

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts are to be written in plain English and include clear information about the aims, nature and content of the paper and, where applicable, a brief statement of results and implications. All abstracts should be linked to the conference theme or sub-themes.

Evaluation of Abstracts

Abstracts are subject to blind-review by members of the program committee. Notification of whether the abstract has been accepted for presentation will be sent to the presenter/s on or before Thursday 19 May 2016. Successful presenters will be asked for their audio visual requirements at this time and instructed to confirm their attendance via paid registration no later than Friday 3 June 2016.

Please Note

Presenter/s must be paid registrants of the conference in order to present a paper. Registrations must be paid no later than Friday 10 June 2016. No refunds will be issued for any reason after Friday 19 August 2016.

Call for Submission Deadline: Extended to 13 May 2016

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: 24 May 2016

Presenter Registration & Acceptance: Extended to 17 June 2016

2016 Conference Date: 28 – 30 September 2016

For those attending, information on travel, accommodation and dining in and around the Mackay region will be available here soon.

SPERA would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the CQUniversity Ooralea Campus is situated and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.