ECR Connect invites all Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be part of a collaborative research project in 2017-2018 titled: Integrating local wisdoms/theories into educational research in Oceania.  This program aims to establish an academic alliance of ECRs to investigate transOceania educational issues through examining and incorporating local wisdom and theories. It also helps us to de-centre ourselves from an obsession with the West and Western knowledge, culture, theories and epistemologies.

Upcoming research activities:

Monash-OCIES Symposium, 26 June, 2017 (Monday) One-day symposium  at Faculty of Education, Monash University (Clayton Campus), Melbourne, Australia.

• 8 Abstracts will be selected through external peer review by the program mentors.

• Two keynote speakers (programme mentors: Professor Bob Teasdale and Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea)

• The flight cost of one OCIES member participant from a Low Income Country will be provided (maximum AUD$1,000).

• Two-night accommodations and meals at Monash University (Mannix College) will be provided to all participants (Maximum 7 people).

Important dates:

Call for Abstract: 27 Feb, 2017

Deadline for submitting Abstract (250 words): 27 Mar. 2017

Notice results of Abstract: 17 Apr. 2017

Monash-OCIES Symposium Day: 26 Jun. 2017

Please contact the project conveners if you are interested participating in this initiative

Dr. Hongzhi Zhang; email:

Dr. Philip Chan; email:

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