IRECE Conference 2014

IRECE Conference 2014

We encourage all delegates from our previous IRECE conference in Africa and from around the world generally to consider planning for this event, as it provides a wonderful opportunity to increase the profile and status of early childhood education in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world.

  • Dates: 8-10 January 2014
  • Location: Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago Chile
  • Theme: Children’s rights to early education
  • Languages: This conference will be in both Spanish and English.

Please visit the UDP IRECE website for Spanish version of the conference information.

Any offers to support the development of the conference are welcome - you should direct these to Chris Peers.

Conference topics


  • Quality, equity and public policy
  • Family, community and environment
  • Inclusivity, diversity and language education
  • The child as a global citizen


  • Teachers: initial and continuous education
  • Child development and neurology
  • Play pedagogy
  • Children’s learning and curriculum practice


  • Innovative teaching practices
  • Research methodologies in early education
  • Maternal and child health
  • Assessment practice in the early years


  • To examine innovations and challenges of policies and practices in the development of inclusive Early Childhood Education in global context.
  • To analyze evidence on how address issues of quality and equity in Early Childhood Education in different contexts.
  • To discuss about common issues in research and practice in Early Childhood Education in both developed and developing countries.
  • To analyze issues, challenges and innovation in teacher education and practices.

Keynote speaker

Professor Gunilla Dahlberg - Department of Child And Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

Professor Dahlberg is a leading international scholar in the area of social welfare policy for young children and their families. She co-wrote both Beyond quality in Early Childhood Education and Care and Ethics and Politics in early Childhood which explore a ‘postmodern’ view of children's development and provision. She is also a principal architect of Sweden's national policy concerning early childhood education and social policy.

Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford - Institute of Education, University of London

Professor Siraj-Blatchford has served as a teacher at the start of her career around the 80's and has been a researcher for over 25 years in partnership with the Universities of London and Warwick. Her research has focused on the impact of learning at home, team training, pedagogy, curriculum and learning achievement and development in children, particularly those with vulnerable contexts. Also, her work has addressed the relationship between the factors of life of children and their development and learning. She has taught in over 30 countries and has authored and co-authored more than 60 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr Sharon Lynn Kagan - Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Kagan is internationally recognized for its work in relation to the care and education of children and their families. She has been a consultant to the congress of the National Governors Association, the State Department of Education, Health and Social Services of the United States, and several foundations, corporations and professional associations. She has been president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has participated in expert panels, including President Clinton's advisory team. Professor Kagan has extensive experience in the school system, having been director of the public schools and early education office of the mayor of New York. Currently, she is co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Call for papers

The deadline for application submissions to present papers has past.