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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Main Speakers

Keynote addresses by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field of education, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners. Visit this page again for regular updates.

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  • Michael W. Apple is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past president of a teachers union, he has worked with governments, dissident groups, unions, and educators in many countries to democratize educational research, policy, and practice. He has written extensively on the relationship between education and power.
    Among his many books are:
    • Ideology and Curriculum (1979; second edition 1990)
    • Education and Power (1985; second edition 1995)
    • Teachers and Texts (1988)
    • Official Knowledge (1993)
    • Democratic Schools (1995)
    • Cultural Politics and Education (1996)

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  • Colin Lankshear is currently a part time Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Ballarat. He is also an educational researcher and writer based in Mexico, where he has lived since 1999. Formerly a Professor of Education and Research Director, his current academic interests lie mostly in exploring emerging literacies and cultural practices associated with new information and communications technologies, and research methods in qualitative inquiry.
    His recent books include:
    • Ways of Knowing, Maneras de Ver, and New Literacies (all with Michele Knobel),
    • Teachers and Technoliteracy (with Ilana Snyder),
    • Cyber Spaces/Social Spaces: Culture Clash in Computerized Classrooms (with Ivor Goodson, Michele Knobel and Marshall Mangan),
    • and the forthcoming
    • Handbook of Teacher Research (with Michele Knobel).

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  • Michele Knobel is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Michele’s permanent home is in Mexico, where she works on a range of writing projects. Her research interests include school students' in-school and out-of-school literacy practices, new literacies and digital technologies.
    Her recent books include:
    • Everyday Literacies; New Literacies: Changing Knowledge and Classroom Learning (with Colin Lankshear),
    • El Estudio Crítico-Social del Lenguaje (with Colin Lankshear),
    • Boys, Literacy and Schooling (with Leonie Rowan and Chris Bigum),
    • and the forthcoming
    • Handbook of Teacher Research (with Colin Lankshear).

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  • Prof. Kris Gutierrez, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Her current research in the study of the sociocultural contexts of literacy development, particularly the study of the acquisition of academic literacy for language minority students. Her research also focuses on understanding the relationship between language, culture, development, and pedagogies of empowerment.

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  • Prof. Mary Kalantzis is an Innovation Research Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and is President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
    She has been a part time Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee and a member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board.
    Professor Kalantzis is the author or co-author of a number of books, including:
    • A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life (Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000)
    • Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures (Routledge, London, 2000)
    • Productive Diversity (Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997)

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  • Dr Francisco Fereira Baez, Cuban Vice-Minister of Education
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  • Maribel Gálvez Parkes, Chile
    Teresita Maribel Gálvez Parkes, Profesora de Estado en Historia y Geografía, con estudios de Post-grados de “Magíster en Historia”, entre 1983 y 1987 en la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso; Licenciada en “Licenciatura en Doctrina Social de la Iglesia y Ciencias del Desarrollo” en Ilades entre los años 1988 y 1989. Además cuento con un post-título en “Género y Políticas Sociales”, 1998 de la Universidad de Chile, actualmente soy egresada de “Magíster en Género”, me encuentro preparando la tesis, años 2000 - 2004.
    Mis actividades labores son las siguientes: En la Década 80 – 90 me desempeñe como encargada de “Talleres de Educación Popular” en el Serpaj-Chile, en Ilades, y en Infocap, institución y organismo de los jesuitas hoy la actual Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
    Durante los año 1990 y 1993 preste mis servicios en la Vicaría de la Solidaridad como encargada de “Perfeccionamiento Docente en Derechos Humanos”.
    Posteriormente, desde 1993 a la fecha, en la Vicaría de Pastoral Social como encargada de “Perfeccionamiento Docente en Derechos Humanos”, además he coordinado el programa de “Capacitación para Profesores en Derechos del Niño”. Desde la misma institución fui encargada de coordinar durante 1995 el “Foro de Instituciones de Educación y Derechos Humanos”. Desde el año 1995 he participado en la “Red de Latinoamérica de Educación para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos” del Ceaal, participando en los diferente encuentros que se han realizado.
    He tenido el privilegio de participar como docente en la Escuela de Verano, de la Universidad de Aguascalientes en México con el curso Género y Educación
    Desde 1997 a la fecha coordino el programa “Derechos Humanos y Ciudadanía” en la Vicaría de Pastoral Social.
    Desde 1998 a la fecha he sido formadora y apoyado la coordinación del programa Mujer y Biblia desde un enfoque de la teología femenina.
    Finalmente, 2003, iniciando la coordinación de la “Red Latinoamérica de Educación para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos”.

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    Teresita Maribel Galves Parkes, State Teacher in History and Geography, with post-graduate studies in "Master in History" between 1983-1987 in the Catholic University of Valparaiso, BA in Social Doctrine of the Church and Development Science in Ilades, between 1988-1989. As well as this she has a Post Graduate degree in Gender and Social Politics, 1998, in the University of Chile. Currently she is graduating in a "Masters in Gender" and is working on her thesis 2000/2004.
    Her work experience includes the following: during the 80’s she was in charge of the "Popular education workshops" in the Serpaj-Chile, in Ilades, and in Infocap, a Jesuit institution which nowadays is called University Alberto Hutado.
    During 1990-93 she worked in a church environment for 'The Perfect Teaching in Human Rights'. Since 1993 until currently she has worked in the 'Pastoral Social Vicarage' in the same duties. As well as this she has co-ordinated the program 'Qualification for teachers in children's rights'. From this same institution, she co-ordinated in 1995 'Educational Institutions and Human rights Forum'. Since 1995 she has been involved in the 'Latin American Network of Education for Peace and Human Rights'. She has had the opportunity to teach in the Summer School in the university of 'Aguascalientes' in Mexico, in a course called Gender and Education.
    Since 1998, she co-ordinated the program 'Human rights and Citizenship'. Since 1997, she has been working in the program 'Women and The Bible'. Finally in 2003, she started co-ordinating 'The Latin American Network of Education for Peace and Human Rights'.

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  • Lic. Benedicta Nydia González Rodríguez, Profesor de Nivel Superior. Especialidad: Español. Master en Ciencias.
    Cargos que ocupa: Actualmente es Presidenta de la Junta Directiva Nacional de la Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba y dirige el Proyecto Educativo "Colectivo de Investigación Educativa" (CIE) "Graciela Bustillos" que impulsa la Educación Popular y la Investigación Acción Participativa (IAP) entre los educadores cubanos.
    Es autora de 5 textos: "Para mejorar nuestras prácticas Educativas" 2003; "Memorias de un taller de Género" 2002; "Memorias del IV Encuentro sobre Investigación y Acción Participativa"; "Memorias sobre el II Encuentro de CIE Estudiantiles". Edicuba 2003; y Elaboración de un texto sobre categorías Pedagógicas, aún sin editar.
    Dirige tres líneas de investigación dentro de la APC: 1) Los estudiantes como protagonistas de los procesos de desarrollo de sus comunidades, a través de 36 Colectivos de Investigación Educativa Estudiantiles; 2) La participación democrática de las comunidades. Grupo de 15 investigadores en todo el País; 3) El enfoque de género, un reto del trabajo comunitario en Cuba, investigación conjunta con el Instituto de Filosofía.

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    Benedicta Nydia Gonzalez Rodriguez, Institute of Philosophy, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba
    Dr Gonzalez is a University Teacher and Master in Sciences. She is the president of the National Directive of the Pedagogic Association of Cuba and she directs the Educational Investigation Collective. 'Graciala Bustillos' that promotes Popular Education and the Participative Action Investigation among Cuban teachers.
    Nydia Gonzalez has been main speaker in multiple international events of a Political and Pedagogic nature. She ahs given summer workshops in different universities and has taken part as a project evaluator. Since 1996 she is The National Coordinator of Education for adults in Latin America, and General Fiscal of the Committee of education of Latin America, 2000-05.
    She has taken part in bi-lateral interchanges of experiences with other countries in meetings, in international workshops, in forums, and she is a member of The International Forum Paulo Freire. She has produced more than 80 workshops about Popular Education methodology as well as directed 72 projects in the same subject (1993-1997) and community investigative work (1993-2003).
    She is author of five texts:
    "In order to improve our educational practices"
    "Memoirs of a gender workshop"
    "Memoirs of the fourth meeting about investigation and participative action"
    "Memoirs of the second meeting of CRE students."
    and she is working on a text about Pedagogic Categories, which is not yet published;
    Dr Gonzales directs three lines of investigation:
    1) The students as protagonists of the developing process in their communities
    2) Democratic participation in the communities
    3) Focus on Gender, a challenge of community work in Cuba.

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  • Prof. Fernando Guzman Martinez, Rector of the Instituto Superior de Tecnologías y Ciencias Aplicadas (INSTEC), Cuban University of Science and Nuclear Technology (CITMA), Cuba.
    Académico. Doctor en Ciencias Físicas. Licenciado en Física Nuclear. Profesor Titular. Tutor de tesis de licenciados, masters y doctores en física nuclear. Más de 50 publicaciones en revistas nacionales e internacionales.
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  • Dr Francisco Lacayo, President of the UNESCO Office, Cuba
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  • Raul Pizzaro, UNESCO, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
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  • Dr Carlos Ruiz Gonzalez, Learning Specialist, Director del Programa de Master para Ejecutivos, Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresas (IPADE), Universidad Panamericana, Mexico. He is the Dean of the Executive MBA, at the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE);at this Mexico’s Business School he is also chair of the department of Business Policy (Strategy and General Management). He has been at IPADE since 1985.
    Dr Ruiz Gonzalez is a Civil Engineer (Universidad Iberoamericana) and gained his MBA at IPADE and has a DBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in France.
    He has been Lecturer in many Mexican Universities (Universidad Panamericana, UNAM, Universidad Iberoamericana, Tecnológico de Monterrey, etc.) and in some foreign universities (Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, Tufts University in Boston, USA, INALDE in Bogotá, Colombia, IDE in Ecuador and IE in Rio de Janeiro Brazil). He has presented papers in conferences of the Strategic Management Society, The Academy of Management and the International Project Management Association.
    Mr. Ruiz has written many cases, research papers and articles in Magazines and journals, He is coauthor of two books.

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  • Prof Luis Salas, Environmental Education Specialist, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain.
    Brebe Biografía: Licenciado en "Geografía e Historia" por la Universidad de Cantabria; Doctor en "Geografía e Historia" por la Universidad de Zaragoza; Master en "Desarrollo Territorial" por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Profesor de "Geología Ambiental" en Fac. Geografía e Historia; profesor de "Medio Ambiente" Fac. Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales; Profesor de "Conocimiento del Medio" en la Fac, de Educación. (todas las facultades señaladas de la Universidad de Cantabria).

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    Brief Biography: Graduate in "Geography and History" from the Universidad de Cantabria; Doctorate of "Geography and History" from the Universidad de Zaragoza; Master in "Territorial Development, " from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid:Professor of "Environmental Geology" in the Faculty of Geography and History; Professor of "Environment", Faculty of Science Economics and Management; Profesor of "Environmental Knowledge" in the Faculty of Education. (all these faculties are in the Universidad de Cantabria).

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  • Dr Hector Valdéz Veloz, Director, Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, Cuban Ministry of Education.
    Nació en Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba, el 27 de noviembre de 1955. Actualmente se desempeña como Director del Instituto Central de Ciencias Pedagógicas y miembro del Consejo de Dirección del Ministerio de Educación de la República de Cuba. Es además el Coordinador Nacional del Laboratorio Latinoamericano de Evaluación de la Calidad de la Educación (LLECE) importante foro regional que dirigido por la OREAALC / UNESCO, ha realizado estudios internacionales comparados de rendimiento académico de escolares primarios en Matemática, Lenguaje y factores asociados al mismo.
    Es Licenciado en Educación en la especialidad Matemáticas (1979) por el Instituto Superior Pedagógico “Enrique José Varona” de Ciudad de la Habana, y Máster en Investigación Educativa (1996) por el Instituto Central de Ciencias Pedagógicas. Actualmente está concluyendo sus estudios de doctorado en Ciencias Pedagógicas.
    Dentro del sistema educativo cubano ha ocupado diversos cargo tales como director de un Instituto Preuniversitario, Jefe de un departamento de asesores de las enseñanza primaria, secundaria básica y preuniversitario de un territorio del país, Jefe nacional de la enseñanza media y director nacional de la educación general (incluía las enseñanzas primaria, secundaria básica y preuniversitario).
    Ha publicado 4 libros y más de 20 artículos en Cuba y en otros países de América Latina y de Europa, en Español, Inglés y Portugués, sobre diferentes temas relativos a la evaluación de la calidad de la Educación. Ha participado como ponente en más de 100 eventos nacionales e internacionales donde ha presentado diversas ponencias sobre los principales resultados de sus investigaciones educativas.
    Es profesor de varias disciplinas de una Maestría en Investigación Educativa que se ha desarrollado en varios Estados de México y en Colombia. Ha sido tutor de varias tesis de Maestría las que se han defendido exitosamente.
    Ha sido Consultor Internacional de la UNESCO en varios proyectos desarrollados en Argentina y Colombia, así como conferencista y Consultor Internacional de la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación (OEI).
    Fundó y dirigió en Cuba durante cinco años el Sistema de Evaluación de la Calidad de la Educación (SECE).
    Ha desarrollado múltiples actividades académicas en México, Colombia, Brasil, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia y República Dominicana.

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    Dr Hector Valdéz Veloz was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. Currently he is the Director of the Central Institute of Pedagogic Sciences and member of the Committee of Management of Education Ministry of the Republic of Cuba. He is also the Nation Coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory for the Evaluation of Quality in Education (LLECE), Forum that is directed by OREAALC / UNESCO, which has conducted international studies in academic efficiency in primary school students. Brief.
    He has a BA in Education, majoring in Maths (1979). In the Pedagogic Superior Institute "Enrique Jose Varona" in Havana, and Educational Investigation Masters (1996) in the Central Institute of Pedagogic Science. Currently he is finishing his Doctorate studies in Pedagogic Sciences.
    Within the Cuban Educational System he has held different positions; for instance Director of a pre-university institute, Head of the department for "Teaching Advice", National Head of Education for high schools, National Director of National Education. (Those last three included primary, secondary school and pre-university studies).
    He has published four books and more than 20 articles in Cuba and in other countries of Latin America and Europe, in Spanish, English and Portuguese about different subjects related to the quality in education. He has taken part as main speaker in more than 100 national and international events he has presented different speeches about his main educational investigations.
    He is the teacher in various disciplines in Educational Investigation (masters), which has been developed in different states in Mexico and Columbia. He’s been a tutor in various thesis that have succeeded.
    He has been international consultant for UNESCO in various projects developed in Argentina and Columbia, as well as a conference speaker and international consultant of the Organization of Education for Iberian-American states.
    He founded and directed for five years the Evaluation of quality in Education Method, and has developed multiple academic activities in Latin American countries.

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  • Dr Consuello Viciedo Domínguez, Presidenta de EDUPAZ (Comisión de Educación del Movimiento Cubano por la Paz y la Soberanía de los Pueblos)
    Profesora Titular e Investigadora Titular. Licenciada en Historia. Doctora en Ciencias Pedagógicas. Experiencia profesionalen la formación de personal docente y control de investigaciones educativas.
    Trabajos publicados: 30, hasta el 2001, referidos a las siguientes temáticas:
    • programas de enseñanza de Historia Contemporánea para los Institutos Superiores Pedagógicos de Cuba.
    • artículos y folletos de carácter histórico y pedagógico.
    • metodología de la investigación educativa.
    • educación en valores y educación para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos.
    Participación en más de 40 eventos científicos en Cuba y en el exterior. Tutora y consultante de trabajos de curso de estudiantes, tesis de diplomados, maestrías y doctorados.
    Miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País de Cuba y de su Sección de Educación y Cultura. Colaboradora de la dirección nacional de la Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba.

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    Dr Consuelo Viciedo Dominguez, President of EDUPAZ (commission of Education of the Cuban movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the people).
    She is a Professor and Researcher, has a BA in History, a Doctorate in the Science of Pedagogy, and has professional experience teaching personal education and controlling educational investigations.
    Her published works: a total of 30, until 2001, referring to the following themes:
    • programs of teaching Contemporary History for the Tertiary Institutions of Pedagogy in Cuba.
    • articles and booklets of an historical and pedagogical nature.
    • methodology of the educational Investigations.
    • educational values of Peace and Human Rights.
    Prof. Viciedo Dominguez has participated in more than 40 scientific events in Cuba and overseas. She is tutor and consultant for students undertaking post graduate studies, including thesis, masters and doctorates.
    She is a member of the committee of “The Economic Society of Friends of Cuba”, (involved also in the section of Education and Culture), and collaborator in the National management of “The National Association of Pedagogics of Cuba”.

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  • El Dr. Ángel R. Villarini Jusino es Catedrático de la Facultad de Estudios Generales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recito de Río Piedras; Profesor Honorario de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo en la República Dominicana; Presidente de la Organización para el Fomento del Desarrollo del Pensamiento Internacional; Vice presidente para Latinoamérica de la International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology; y Director del Proyecto para el Desarrollo de Destrezas de Pensamiento y del Encuentro Internacional de Educación y Pensamiento.
    El Dr. Villarini obtuvo su bachillerato, con especialidades en filosofía, historia, literatura y pedagogía y su maestría con especialidad en filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y su doctorado en filosofía con especialidad en ética y hermeneútica filosófica del Boston College en los Estados Unidos de América. Ha publicado decenas de artículos y libros sobre temas de ética, filosofía y psicología educativa, currículo y didáctica. Se ha distinguido como asesor y promotor de innovaciones y reformas educativas en el currículo y la docencia a todos los niveles del sistema educativos y en diversos países.

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    Dr Angel R Villarini Jusino is a Professor in the faculty of General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Recito de Rio Piedras; Honorary Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Santa Domingo. He is the President of the Organization Promoting the Development of International Thought; Vice President for Latin America of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology; and Director of the Project for The Development of Thinking Skills and The International Meeting of Education and Thought.
    Dr Villarini gained his degree, with a major in Philosophy, History, Literature and Pedagogy and his masters degree majoring in Philosophy at the University of Puerto Rico, and his Doctorate in Philosophy majoring in Ethics and Philosophy of Hermeneutics, at Boston College in USA. He has published dozens of articles and books about the following subjects; Ethics, Philosophy and Educational Psychology, " Curriculum" and Didactics. He is a distinguished assessor and promoter in innovations and educational reforms in "curriculum" and teaching at every level of the educational systems in various countries.

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