International Conference
2nd to 4th June 2015

Held in conjunction with

11th International CitizED Conference &
Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference 2015

11th International CitizED Conference 2015

Citizenship, Character and Values Education for the 21st Century

  • As we march boldly into the 21st century, how will citizenship, character and values education develop? What are some things that will and must change?
  • And what are some things that should remain at the forefront of citizenship, character and values education?

The 11th International CitizED Conference, 'Citizenship, Character and Values Education for the 21st Century' will facilitate conversations on policy and politics, curriculum and pedagogy, review and reform, and different conceptions and approaches to Citizenship, Character and Values Education around the world. This conference is also a platform for discussions on developing a comprehensive Citizenship, Character and Values Education curriculum within different national contexts.

This conference will foster intercultural dialogue on diverse understandings and implementation of the following aspects of education:

  • Moral Education: To provide an opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of the individual and society.
  • Values Education: To allow discussions on values transmission in society and the process of values clarification and values formation among young people.
  • Civics and Citizenship Education: To provide perspectives of a civics curriculum that would teach civic and political institutions and knowledge of democracy as well as the process of citizenship education that would engage both formal and informal curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Character Education: To offer an opportunity to explore character development, socio-emotional learning, and personal and social education for young people.

The 11th International CitizED Conference, held in conjunction with the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015, invites scholars, policymakers and teachers to join the conversation on various issues that are critical for 21st century education.

Participants can choose to sign up for either the full three-day Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015 (2 - 4 June 2015) and indicate their desire to attend the 11th International CitizED Conference on Day 3 of the conference, OR sign up for the one-day 11th International CitizED Conference (4 June 2015). Registration fees for the three-day and one-day conferences will vary accordingly. Please register at the main conference website at from 1 Dec 2014. Early bird registration will be extended till 15 April 2015.

Format of the 11thInternational CitizED Conference

CitizED Highlighted sessions will be spread across Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 of the conference. On Day 3 of the conference, there will be two keynote sessions, a panel session, a concurrent session and a special Malay dinner.

Paper Sessions (2-4 June 2015): Each concurrent session will be 90 minutes long, presented by two or three authors and led by a chairperson. Approximately 30 minutes will be allocated per presentation. Each presenter/s will have 20 minutes to speak and 10 minutes for Q & A. The seminar sessions may be re-formatted according to response.

Keynote Sessions (4 June 2015): The keynoters will give a 30 minutes speech on the theme of the conference followed by Q & A.

Panel Session (4 June 2015):The three panelists will engage in an interactive panel discussion, led by Jasmine Sim. Each panelist will have 15 minutes to share their thoughts on their ideal 21st century citizen, followed by 45 minutes for Q&A.

Special Dinner for friends of CitizED: Following the last session on the 4th of June, a bus will take our friends to a restaurant in town for a time of fellowship.

Keynote Speakers

Carole L. Hahn

Carole L. Hahn is based in Emory University, where she is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Educational Studies. She teaches Social Studies Education and Comparative Education, and her research interests include cross national studies of citizenship education, gender issues and social studies. Her current projects are multicultural and citizenship education in selected Western democracies. She has obtained a Spencer Foundation grant for her research on "Engaging Transnational Citizens: A comparative study of civic teaching and learning". In 2005, Professor Hahn received the Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. In 2006, she was recognized by the College of Education at Indiana University as an Outstanding Alumnus. She is an editor of the 2008 SAGE International Handbook on Education for Citizenship and Democracy. Her outstanding book, Becoming Political: Comparative Perspectives on Citizenship Education, received the 1998 Jubilee Award from the Danish Secondary Teachers' Union. In 1996, Professor Hahn received the Exemplary Research Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). She is past President of NCSS and was the National Research Coordinator for the US portion of the Civic Education Study conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

Ian Davies

Ian Davies is based at the University of York, UK where he is the Deputy Head of the Department of Education, Director of the Graduate School in Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Social Justice. He is the author of numerous books and many articles in academic journals most of which explore issues related to teaching and learning about contemporary society (with a particular focus on citizenship education). He lectures and researches extensively in international contexts. He has worked for the Council of Europe as an expert on education for democratic citizenship; is a past fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He teaches and supervises undergraduate, MA and PhD students and student teachers.


Kathy Bickmore

Kathy Bickmore (Ph.D. Stanford University) is Professor in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Comparative International and Development Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She teaches initial teacher education on managing conflict, and graduate courses on democratic citizenship education, conflict resolution education, and curriculum studies from an international comparative perspective (2010 OISE distinguished contributions to teaching award). Her research addresses peace-building, conflictual issues dialogue, and educating for democracy and social justice in schools. She is guest editor of a special theme issue: peace-building (in) education: democratic approaches to conflict in schools and classrooms, in curriculum inquiry (volume 44, no.4 September 2014), and co-editor of the book comparative and international education: issues for teachers (Canadian Scholars Press 2008, 2nd edition forthcoming 2016). Other recent publications appear in Theory and Research in Social Education, RevistaIberoamericana de EvaluaciónEducativa, Educational Policy, Journal of Teaching and Learning, Social Education, and the books teaching global matters in local classrooms: inquiry into practice (OISE/University of Toronto 2014), restorative approaches to conflict in schools (Routledge 2013), debates in citizenship education (Routledge 2012), and critical issues in peace and education (Routledge 2011).

Professor S. Gopinathan

Professor S. Gopinathan obtained his doctorate in comparative higher education and education policy at SUNY, Buffalo, United States. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Initial Teacher Training (July 2000 till June 2003). In this role he had responsibility for departments involved in leadership preparation, early childhood and special needs education, and ICT. In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He has served on various MOE review committees and was a Resource Specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a Board Member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. Professor Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He has consulted widely, helping NIE establish the Emirates Centre for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, the College of Education in Bahrain and the School of Education for the Sampoerna Foundation in Indonesia. He is presently Senior Advisor in the HEAD Foundation, an education think tank. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. His two recent publications are Education and the Nation State, Routledge 2012 and Globalization and Singapore Curriculum, Springer 2013.

Dr. Thavamalar Kanagaratnam

Dr. Thavamalar Kanagaratnam is a Senior Curriculum Specialist for Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) at the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She is involved in the development and implementation of syllabuses and teaching and learning resources for CCE at the primary, secondary and Pre-U levels for all schools. Her research interest is mainly in enhancing teacher efficacy in CCE.