A number of educational institutions in the province of British Columbia offer undergraduate and graduate programs to early childhood educators and practitioners working with young children. In addition, various public and private organizations have become key in the developments that have been occurring in the field. As a diverse group of graduate students engaged in working with children, we are keen to establish a biennial student conference where educators and practitioners of diverse backgrounds in the field may come together.
This year’s conference theme is “Coming together: Celebrating Diversity Around Young Children”.
In that spirit, our conference welcomes presenters engaged in research with young children in any discipline, such as, but not limited to, education, psychology, health, sociology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work to submit proposals. Practitioners from the field are also encouraged to contribute so that we may bridge research and practice.
We envision this conference as a hub to share and enrich the range of research in early childhood that has been nourished by many approaches, including Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing.
To that end we have planned a range of different activities as part of the sharing and learning:
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Friday, April 28 (2:00 – 7:00 pm)
- Pre-conference tours, $10
This pre-conference will include a select group, on a first-come-first-serve basis, (limited to 40) of those who register to participate in two different tour experiences, culminating in an exciting discussion with an expert panel. The first tour will be at the UBC Childcare Centers and will offer the group a chance to observe and experience some innovative ideas in practice. This will be followed by a presentation at UBC’s Infant Studies Centre that is internationally renowned for its work related to young children’s language acquisition. The evening will come together with an expert panel discussion, with Dr. Peter Moss, about the learnings from the tours. Light dinner will be provided.
Saturday, April 29 (9:00am – 5:30pm)
- Keynote talk: Dr. Peter Moss
- Concurrent sessions (Paper presentations, workshops, sharing circles, and posters)
- Book launch: “Gamma Suzy Can’t Go Hunting” by Harlan Pruden (First Nation Cree/Nēhiyaw) and Sharon Shorty (First Nation Tlingit)
- Children’s art exhibition
- Silent auction
- Closing workshop