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2019 Education Conference Call for Papers

Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Theme: Gender and the Teaching Profession: Implications for Teaching and Learning

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association in partnership with the Teachers’ College of Jamaica invites abstract submissions for the annual Education Conference to be held April 23-25 2019 at the ALL Inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

We are inviting submissions from all levels of the private and public education system: teachers, principals, teacher educators, masters and doctoral students, student teachers, researchers, educator officers, other policymakers, as well as others interested in gender issues in education in all types of schools (public and private) and at all levels of the education system (early childhood, primary, secondary, community college, university).


Gender equality in education requires not only that girls and boys, women and men, have an equal chance to have access to and participate in education, but also that there are quality, equitable learning opportunities and outcomes. In striving for quality education and in order to monitor progress on gender equality in education, a new framework is required.

Along with engaging with and expanding upon contemporary debates about educational inequalities (especially within the teaching profession), the conference will also explore different ways in which gender equality issues operate within and shape educational environments and institutions.

Consequently over the course of the conference, one of the primary aims is to move beyond discussion towards a collectively-created “call to action” to address systemic inequalities in education at the institutional and national levels.


Main topics of the Conference include (but not limited with) the following:

Theme 1 - Employment Inequalities in Education

  • Male Teachers in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Impediments to Career Advancement in the Teaching Profession – with a focus on salary disparity, deportment, promotion/appointment, hiring practices, unconscious bias, school culture etc.
  • Magnetizing Males to the Teaching Profession: challenges and opportunities


  Theme 2 – Exploring Gender and School Management and Leadership

  • Leadership in Single-sex Institutions
  • Promoting Gender Equity in Jamaican Institutions

Theme 3 – Gender, Media and Entertainment

  • Media and Entertainment and its Impact on Males and Females
  • Teaching in an Era of Social Media

Theme 4 –Gender Equity in Higher Education

  • Gender and the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Gender in Higher Education
  • Girls/Women and ICT and STEM Education
  • Perspectives in Gender and Distance Education

Presenters may address other issues and topics associated with gender and education that reflect local and national, and international perspectives and that draw on practical, professional, research or policy. Other related experience or expertise may also be used to inform relevant choices and presenters may tailor their proposal submissions to the types of sessions listed below.

Session Types

Conference sessions will be 60 minutes in length. Abstract submissions are invited for the following types of sessions planned for this conference:

  • Multi-Paper Sessions

These sessions will typically include four papers presented in 60 minute sessions,(with each presenter allotted 10 minutes and 5 minutes for questions and answers) Papers may be based on recently completed or ongoing research or may report on recent initiatives related to gender and education. A moderator will be appointed for each session, whose responsibility will include moderating and facilitating discussion of the papers presented.

  • Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss and learn about topics that require in-depth, extended engagement such as new systems, research methods, standards, and formats.

Workshop proposals should describe what presenters intend to do and how your session will meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise abstract, proposed time frame (up to 60 minutes), what you plan to do during the workshop, and one-paragraph biographies of all organizers.



  • Plenaries and Panels

These will be by invitation only.

  • Poster Sessions

This session is intended for presenters (students, teachers, principals, teacher educators) who are conducting or have recently conducted some research which they want to share. The sessions last between 5-10 minutes per individual and are particularly suited to persons who do not want to give a full length paper based presentation.

Abstract Submission and Evaluation Process

Abstracts should not exceed 275 words in length. Presenters should describe the following items, as applicable, in their submissions:

Format for Paper Presentation

Sub-Theme:  (Connection to conference theme)


Introduction:  (Objectives or purposes, Perspective(s) or theoretical framework(s), Key questions for discussion, especially for conversation sessions)

Methods:  (Design, Selection of participants, Techniques, modes of inquiry, applications, Data sources or evidence, etc.)

Results:  (Major findings & recommendations)

Keywords: (3 to 5)

Format for Paper Workshops

Sub-Theme (Connection to conference theme)


  • Overall aim of the workshop
  • Expected outcomes
  • Format and resources needed

Submissions will be considered by a committee of reviewers appointed from the Conference Programme’s Committee. Evaluation of abstracts will be based on the following criteria:

Topic: originality, significance in choice of problem, importance of issues, relevance and appropriateness to conference theme.

Contribution to education: educational importance, theoretical or practical framework articulated, contribution to the field.

Analysis, applications, and interpretations: significance of conclusions or work in progress, implications for research, practice, policy and development of ideas; relationship of conclusions to findings; generalisation ability or usefulness of findings or concepts.

Opportunities for interaction: opportunities for interactions with the audience and exchange of multiple perspectives.


Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2019

Notification of acceptance for abstracts: March 8, 2019

Deadline for submitting final versions of full-texts: March 29, 2019



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