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11th - 14th February
University of New England, Armidale, Australia

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ISFIRE will emphasise the obligation of the global education community towards influencing policy aimed at delivering equitable and socially just outcomes for rural students. Importantly, ISFIRE will offer an international forum for sharing research findings, innovative ideas and evaluated approaches linked to positive, practical action.

ISFIRE is organised around eight themes. Papers are encouraged that address issues, and present innovative solutions, within these themes.

The official language of ISFIRE 2009 is English.

Discussion Summary from the Presentation Sessions

Participant comments that were recorded during the Session Discussion have been collated and grouped. These comments were grouped into categories based on their general emphasis or advisory content. Overall, the intent of the groupings was to provide some structure for the contributions made during discussions.

The groupings are: (1) Capacity (social and cultural dimensions); (2) Partnerships (both within and external to organizations); (3) Professional development; (4) Teaching and learning; (5) Specific programs; (6) Technology; (7) Infrastructure: and (8) Policy.

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Rural Education
The overarching theme of ISFIRE 2009 concerns innovative strategies for improving equity in rural education. International data confirm that for many countries the learning achievements of students in rural areas are often significantly below those achieved by peers in metropolitan areas. This geographical divide in student achievement challenges principles of equity in education and underscores a most significant challenge currently facing global education.

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New!Discussion Summary
ISFIRE is pleased to announce that the discussion summary is now available to download.

2009 proceedings and complete program are available for download. Click here to download the proceedings and here to download the program.

ISFIRE photographs are available to view online and download for free. Click here to go to the photobank.

Official airline announced
QANTAS is the official airline sponsor of ISFIRE 2009. For more details, please visit the Travel to Armidale webpage.

Thank you to our major sponsors:

  • Faculty of the Professions, University of New England
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of New England
  • SiMERR National Centre
  • NURI-TEIC, Kongju National University