Special Interests Groups

Theme-Based SIGs:

The Citizenship and Democratic Education SIG seeks to create an active community of educators and researchers, to share their views and encourage productive debate on various aspects of citizenship and democratic education, in the United States and around the world.

Co-chairperson: Heidi Biseth Co-chairperson: David Zyngier

The Cultural Contexts of Education and Human Potential SIG aims to make the case for the necessity of including the voices of individuals often unheard and to promote better understanding and learning between and about different groups. Moreover, it is also intended to demonstrate how the underutilization of the voices of different cultures has led to the underutilization of their potential.

Chairperson: Kassie Freeman

The Early Childhood Development SIG seeks to foster exchange & strengthen linkages between ECD research and practice; help keep members abreast of new developments in the field; build linkages among various ECD networks nationally and internationally; prepare ECD thematic sessions at the next CIES conference.

Chairperson: Rhiannon Williams Program Chairperson: Nawsheen Elaheebocus

The Education for Sustainable Development SIG promotes scholarly research and professional activities of those concerned with the intersection of education (broadly defined) and sustainable development. Specifically, the SIG explores how the discourse and practice of sustainable development affect educational institutions and how educational institutions facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes needed for sustainable development.

Co-Chairperson: Oren Pizmony-Levy Co-Chairperson: Yimin Wang Secretary Mattew Aruch

The Global Literacy SIG is organized around key issues in reading and writing instruction and assessment and larger issues and implications of literacy use throughout the world.

Co-chairperson: Babara Trudell Co-chairperson: Lesley Bartlett

The Global Mathematics Education SIG the purpose of the Global Mathematics Education SIG is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss theory, practices, and techniques related to mathematics learning starting in early childhood to tertiary education.

Co-chairperson: Deepa Srikantaiah Co-chairperson: Wendi Ralaingita

The Globalization and Education SIG seeks to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners involved in global study of comparative and international education have meaningful conversations and exchanges of ideas related to globalization and education.

Co-Chairperson: Stephen Carney Co-Chairperson: Tavis Jules

The Higher Education SIG serves as a networking hub for promoting scholarship opportunities, critical dialogue, and linking professionals and academics to the international aspects of higher education.

Co-Chairperson: James Jacob Williams Co-Chairperson: Qiang Zha Secretary: Jorge Enrique Delgado Program Chair: Esther Gottlieb

ICT4D (ICT for Development) is an outlet for members of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) to collaborate with, learn from, and create bonds that will heighten interest and research in this ever growing area.

Co-chairperson: Jayson Richardson Co-chairperson: Jeffrey Lee

The Inclusive Education SIG seeks to elicit the participation of scholars interested in educational issues specific to the multiple meanings of IE and, accordingly, to learners who are marginalized due to special educational needs. These might include: disabilities, second language acquisition, poverty, racial and ethnic discrimination, social exclusion, etc.

Chairperson: Florian Kiuppis

The Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG consists of CIES members, members of indigenous communities, and practitioners who want to dialogue about ways to develop alternative knowledge and how this can be used to interact with, and transform the academy.

Co-Chairperson: Tutaleni I. Asino Co-Chairperson: Trey Menefee

The Language Issues SIG is a network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the role of language(s) in education, as well as the role of the languages of instruction in differing, and often contentious, political and cultural contexts.

Co-Chairperson: Desmond Odugu Co-Chairperson: Zehlia Babaci-wilhite Communications Co-coordinator: Anna Farrell Communications Co-coordinator: Michelle Gaston

The Large-Scale Cross-National Studies in Education SIG is the newly established SIG with the mission to promote research related to large-scale cross-national studies in education. The SIG will provide a space within CIES for interaction between scholars who are contributing to the three aforementioned lines of research. Also, the SIG will bring together scholars and practitioners who are designing and implementing international assessments of educational achievement.

Co-Chairperson: David Rutkowski Co-chairperson: Oren Pizmony-Levy

The Peace Education SIG brings together members of the Comparative and International Education Society with common interests in the study of peace and conflict, human rights, and social justice in education.

Co-Chairperson: Hakim Williams Co-Chairperson: Ayaz Naseem

The Religion & Education SIG is a newly established SIG for the purpose to comparatively explore the links between education and religion across national, historical, and civilizational contexts. The SIG will foster an interdisciplinary dialogue and international collaboration focusing on the implications from the study of education-religion links for all fields of educational research and practice.

Co-Chairperson: Elena Lisovskaya Co-Chairperson: Robert Osburn Secretary: Bruce Collet

The Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession SIG facilitates dissemination of information and fosters dialogues about critical issues in teaching and teacher education from national and international perspectives. Teachers/teacher educators/researchers are given an opportunity and a framework for discourse on issues, concerns, and successes pertaining to teaching and the teaching profession in each country.

Chairperson: Do-Yong Park Co-chairperson: Eurvine Williams

The Teaching Comparative Education SIG brings together scholars and instructors of comparative and international education from around the world. It is dedicated to understanding and enhancing the contours of course work in the field and promoting comparative and international education in higher education.

Co-chairperson: Allison Blosser Co-chairperson: Patricia K. Kubow

CIES 2014 Program
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