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2017 Conference

The 2017 SPERA Conference will be held at the University of Canberra

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2017 Conference

The 2017 SPERA Conference will be held at the University of Canberra

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33rd National SPERA Conference

33rd National SPERA Conference

27- 29 September 2017

Rethinking Rurality: Writing the Rural into Policy and Practice


SPERA, in partnership with the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics at the University of Canberra, invites you to join us for the 33rd National SPERA Conference.

Hosted by University of Canberra, the 2017 conference will bring together a range of education professionals, school administrators, teacher educators, academics, pre-service teachers, community members and parents who are passionate about rural education.

Keynote Speakers include:
Professor Tom Lowrie – University of Canberra.
Professor John Fischetti – University of Newcastle.
Professor Daniela Stehlik – Griffith University.
Professor Linda Shields – Charles Sturt University.
Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer – University of Canberra.

27-29 September 2017

Where: University of Canberra, Canberra

When: 27-29 September 2017

Download the full flyer here: 2017_spera_-conference_flyer (422kb)

Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline
Friday 5 May 2017 (250 word abstracts) Email your submissions to admin@spera.asn.au

Submission of Abstracts

To submit an abstract, please download, complete and return the proposal template below.

SPERA-Abstract-Proposal-Template-2017 (59Kb)

Abstracts are to be written in plain English and include clear information about the aims, nature and content of the paper and, where applicable, a brief statement of results and implications. All abstracts should be linked to the conference theme.

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts
Abstracts are subject to blind-review by members of the program committee. Notification of whether the abstract has been accepted for presentation will be sent to the presenter/s on or before Friday 19 May 2017.

Author Confirmation of Attendance and Registration
Successful presenters will be asked for their audio visual requirements at this time and instructed to confirm their attendance via paid registration no later than Friday 7 July 2017.

Please Note: Presenter/s must be paid registrants of the conference in order to present a paper. Registrations must be paid no later than Friday 7 July 2017. No refunds will be issued for any reason after Friday 18 August 2017.

SPERA would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the University of Canberra is situated and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.


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