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Inaugural Swinburne Annual Teachers’ Conference 2019

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Date: Wednesday 31 July
Venue: Swinburne University of Technology, John Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3121

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Inaugural Swinburne Annual Teachers’ Conference

School Transition

The Swinburne Annual Teachers’ conference aims to bring together practitioners and research scholars from different sectors in education to exchange and share their experiences and research about all aspects of teaching and learning. It provides a premier forum for practitioners and researchers to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Education.

This fully-catered one-day conference promotes partnership and collaboration among early childhood, primary sectors and academic researchers.

Who should attend?

In-service teachers (early childhood and primary teachers).

You are invited to give a 10 minute presentation, sharing your stories of practices concerning school transition, focusing on one of the four themes of the Transition to School: Position Statement (Opportunities, Aspirations, Expectations, and Entitlements. You will interact and participate in discussions with other practitioners, researchers and the discussants.

Please submit a 100-word abstract of your presentation to upon registration.

At the conclusion of the conference, each attendee will be issued a Certificate of Completion with links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). 

NOTE: The number of attendees will be capped at 40 to encourage discussion and address issues arising from the presentations.

Keynote speakers

Sue Dockett is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Stuart University in Albury, Australia and Director, Peridot Education Pty Ltd. After being involved in early childhood education over many years – as a teacher, academic and researcher – Sue retired from the university sector in 2018, but remains actively involved in research both at the national and international level, and continues to publish in her key fields of expertise – educational transitions, participatory rights-based research with children, working with children and families living in complex circumstances, children’s play, and young children’s understanding of mathematics. Sue is the co-convenor of the EECERA Transitions Special Interest Group

Bob Perry is recently retired from paid university work after 45 years in higher education. He is Emeritus Professor at Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga, Australia and Director, Peridot Education Pty Ltd. His doctoral graduates and current candidates along with other projects, including educational evaluations in Queensland and Victoria, and writing and editing seem to keep him just about as busy as he used to be when working for the university. Bob’s current research interests include powerful mathematics ideas in preschool and the first years of school; ethical tensions in researching with children’ transition to school, with particular emphasis on starting school within families with complex support needs, preschool education in  remote Indigenous communities, and evaluation of educational programmes.

Dr Wendy Goff is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. Wendy has worked extensively with schools to develop a variety of intervention and support programs targeting the social welfare needs of children and families. Her research is embedded in practice and focuses on partnerships and how adult relationships shape the experiences of children. Wendy is particularly interested in educational partnerships and how the adults in the lives of young children come together to support learning, development and transition experiences.

Convenor: Dr Bin Wu, Swinburne University of Technology.

Fees and how to contact

Early Bird Fee: $150 per person (if purchased before 31 May 2019)

Conference Fee: $180 per person (after 1 June 2019)


To register, click here.


What are the transportation/parking options?

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See public transport information, here.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email with any questions or queries regarding the event.

Is there a refund policy?

If the event is cancelled, all tickets purchased will be refunded in full.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you may bring a digital confirmation of your ticket. Printed tickets are also accepted.

Can I update my registration information or transfer my ticket?

Once your booking is made you cannot update your registration via the booking system. Please contact if you need assistance updating your information or transferring your ticket. Please note: the name of the attendee muct be the same as the one on the ticket.

Contact Information: Dr Bin Wu