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1st Annual National FET Conference 2013
Start Date: Sep 25, 2013
End Date: Sep 27, 2013
Venue: Central Johannesburg College, Parktown Campus
Description: In order to provide leadership and rise to the call and give practical (operational) expression to the vision of the National Development Plan, the Gauteng Department of Education Further Education and Training Directorate under the auspices of the Office of the National Ministry of Higher Education and in partnership with a range of private and public sector role-players, is hosting the 1st Annual National FET Conference - ‘Mobilising Towards Success’, from 25-27 September 2013 in Johannesburg.

The aim and objective of the event (envisaged as annual) is the creation of a platform that will allow all relationship partners over the next few years, to exchange ideas on problems and various challenges facing colleges in the sector. Among the most important of these objectives, is to allow sector partners to exchange best practice ideas on, for example, how to decrease failure and dropout rates and consequently improve pass and throughput rates in line with the vision of the National Development Plan.

The conference theme is therefore, ‘Mobilising Towards Success’. This theme underscores the strong focus on service delivery towards upliftment, skills building, poverty alleviation and economic emancipation. The conference is geared towards the FET sector partners and role-players to present their work and ideas. In so much as this conference invites academics and researchers who are requested to submit papers on ‘current research’ surrounding issues and development practices within their respective field of research, the conference also invites industry role-players to present relevant topics even if it is not backed up by formal research. We envisage that the conference must tap on the voices of experience and innovation in a dynamic fashion. These types of topics will become part of our “Learning Circles” platforms, specially created in the conference for those that can add value in other ways as well. Practitioners are requested to submit papers on “Career Guidance and Development Practices” within their respective areas of practice.

Broad Conference Themes:
• Strategic Plans and Annual Reports;
• Student Representative Councils;
• Funding of Public Colleges;
• Financial Records and Statements of Public Colleges;
• Institutional Governance, Management and Leadership;
• Dimensions of College Effectiveness;
• Quality of Teaching and Learning;
• Qualifications and Experience of Lecturing Staff;
• Learner Recruitment and Retention;
• Sociology of Learners and Learner Support;
• Transitions: From School or Unemployment to College, or School to College;
• Academic Support;
• System Support: Equipment, Infrastructure, FET College Management Information Systems;
• Research based - Session based on research paper;
• Practitioner based - Session based on experience in the field;
• Poster Presentation - Session based on series of documents and pictures pasted on walls for perusal and discussion by delegates;
• ‘Learning Circles Discussion’ - Session based on a topic of interest for discussion; and
• *Sessions are 40 minutes long: Presentation comprises 30 min presentation and 10 minutes for Q & A.
Descriptor Guidelines for Types of Sessions

Research based sessions:

These refer to scientific papers. Of particular interest will be research relating to certain occurrences or phenomena at colleges, field-testing of new or innovative interventions, creative methods for gathering evidence demonstrating the success of interventions, and solutions in developing economies. Please note that abstracts should not be limited to these suggestions only as all “cutting-edge” research will be seriously considered.

Practice based sessions:

These refer to presentations on challenges, solutions and development within your country, region or specific area of work. Subject matter relating to innovations, phenomena, ideas, challenges, funding issues, management, planning issues and the like would be very useful. Presenters for this category will be selected based on their experience in their field of practice and not necessarily on their academic experience or background. Insights into “new” practices or “best” practices relating to FET development will be useful.
Poster (or other media) presentations:

These provide opportunities for presenters to showcase new research, developments, programmes or products relating to FET development, challenges and issues. A formal time slot has been allocated in the programme for these presentations. These presentations may also take place before the daily programme begins, during refreshment and lunch breaks, and after the close of the daily programme. Poster sizes should be no larger than ‘A0’ and will be placed adjacent to the exhibition area. Presenters are to make themselves available during allotted times to answer questions for delegates. Please note that this call for poster presentations does not necessarily exclude presenters who wish to use other forms of media, such as computer or on video, as a means of demonstrating or modeling their research or new developments. Special consideration will be given to such requests.

Learning Circle Discussions

This conferencing format allows the presenter to initiate a discussion, moderated by a facilitator. The central topic submitted can be any issue which is deemed by the scientific committee as relevant to the FET sector and has immense educational value to the fraternity. In this regard, any party, regardless of qualification can be part of this discussion, provide input, and be part of these dynamic discussions. Issues and solutions are recorded and disseminated among delegates at the opportune time.

For more information or to register, refer to www.fetconference.shapingthelearner.com.
Website: http://www.fetconference.shapingthelearner.com
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: Gauteng Department of Education Further Education and Training
Participation Requirements: Open

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