Conference 2016

Conference 2016

Education as a public good

2016 ESAI Annual Meeting ‘Education as a Public Good’
Thursday 31st March-Saturday 2nd April 2016
National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Raddison Blu Hotel, Galway City

In ESAI’s 41st Year and the 40th anniversary since the establishment of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, the Annual Meeting will celebrate and revisit the progressive aspirations that gave rise to our professional community in 1976: hope and determination that research can strengthen education, society’s most democratic institution. To mark this anniversary, the 2016 Meeting will interrogate the idea of education as a public good, and ideas around public scholarship and public service, and illuminate research conducted in this area.

Education is defined by its role and relationship to/in society, and so we are interested in the following:

  • processes relating to teaching and learning
  • the practice and organisation of teaching and learning across sectors, stages and ages
  • the ethos underpinning education across sectors, stages and ages and how this relates to ideas around education as a public good
  • the relationship between the practice of teaching and public service, and educational research
  • the role of education in and for society: education for the public good, and education as a public good across the life course
  • issues pertaining to the funding of education over the past forty years and post-recession, including rising costs of attending higher education, as well as approaches to funding education at all levels, stages and ages
  • educational researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in Europe and around the globe.

Consistent with ESAI’s mission to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good, the 2016 Annual Meeting will interrogate the idea of public education and public scholarship. We encourage all researchers, divisions, and newly created special interest groups (SIGS) to propose innovative, thoughtful papers and sessions that focus on and deliberate about ‘Education as a public good’ as a necessary and reflexive component of education research. We also invite papers and sessions that offer concepts and examples of how researchers across the broad range of ESAI’s interests are creating knowledge that engages policymakers and publics to meet the challenges of education in an increasingly diverse society. In addition, we especially welcome proposals that incorporate compelling new strategies, media, and formats that combine academic rigor with the broader-audience demands of public scholarship.

We welcome abstracts aligned to the theme of ‘Education as a public good’, encompassing a wide range of questions, and all disciplinary perspectives are welcomed and encouraged. The theme of our conference is deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of educational researchers and practitioners and stimulate lively debate. The aims of the conference are to showcase the latest educational research; to provide a forum in which to discuss education and the professional practice of facilitating learning; to facilitate debate, networking, and professional development opportunities. Our annual conference can provide opportunities for everyone connected to educational research.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to MONDAY 15th FEB 2016

All abstracts should be completed using the relevant abstract template and sent by email to

View further details about the Call for Abstracts, possible presentation formats and to download abstract templates. 

We hope to see you at ESAI 2016 in Galway.