Association of Women Educators (AWE)conference

Lesley McFarlane (
9/15/98 12:14 PM

Dear friend of AWE. Below is all the information about our first biennial
national conference to be held 2-4 October 1998 in Surfers Paradise. THIS
IS VERY SOON! The program is fabulous! Could you help us to publicise the
conference by emailing this on to your women's networks. Thanks.

The AWE website gives a better formatting and allows for online responses.
It is found at:

An invitation to attend
the Association of Women Educators
Inaugural Biennial National Conference

to be held in
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
on 2 - 4 October 1998
at Legends Hotel
Cnr Laycock Street & Pacific Highway

Women, Education & the Community :
G l o b a l I s s u e s, L o c a l C o n c e r n s

Sponsored By:

Australian Centre for Work Education
Brisbane Catholic Education Office
Queensland Teachers' Credit Union
Queensland Teachers Union
Queensland Independent Education Union

The Conference strands match the three foci of the Association of Women
a Education as a career path for women.
a Issues which affect the quality of education available to girls.
a Societal attitudes/actions which perpetuate a stereotypical view of
and create a barrier to the full participation of women in education and
in society generally.

Keynote Speakers

Strand 1: Community Issues for Women
Day 1: 2 October 1998
Senator Margaret Reynolds
Title: Global Issues: Local Action - Women's Role in Implementing a Human
Rights Agenda

In 1998, the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
it is timely to consider the role of women as initiators of reform in the
global community. Over the past fifty years women have considerably
influenced the intellectual debate which has highlighted human rights as
central to social policy development. While opportunity for change at the
global level may seem beyond the reach of many of us, local action and
commitment to a human rights agenda can incorporate a response to our
immediate domestic situation within a broader framework of international

Perhaps the most significant contribution any educator can make is to
ensure that students value their role in civil society. As women educators
we must inform ourselves about the international debate so that we can
translate its relevance to national policy setting and guarantee that
government policy is monitored in accordance with their global commitments.

Day 2: 3 October
Susan Halliday, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights
Equal Opportunity Commission

Title: The playground revealed - the need to educate our children about
human rights and tolerance.

Although society has come a long way, there is still a significant lack of
tolerance, understanding and sensitivity that is not necessarily
generational. People of all ages, and often young people, lack a thorough
understanding of human rights issues.

It is the view of the Commissioner that there is a need to place greater
emphasis on prevention and the development and usage of early intervention
strategies, especially in the areas of gender discrimination and gender
vilification. Gender vilification, unlike racial and homosexual
vilification, is an accepted norm from a very young age and is often an
issue of concern raised with the Commissioner by parents of both primary
and secondary school students. Educators can play a major role when it
comes to creating an understanding for young people that indiviuals have
both rights and responsibilities. Educators are also in a pertinent
position to encourage young people to value difference, in order to achieve
respect for all. It is the view of the Commissioner that it is essential
that awareness raising around human rights issues is initiated with young
people when they are members of the school community. This grounding in
turn prepares them for participation in the broader community and the

The Commission will also provide insights into the latest complaint
statistics and discuss some of the more complex systemic discrimination
issues, such as pay equity, that impact upon women of all ages.

Strand 2: Quality of Education for Girls
Day 2: 3 October 1998
Associate Professor Jane Kenway
Title: The feminisation of the labour market and males' "new disadvantage":
implications for girls' education for work.

This paper will critically consider the popular arguments about the
feminisation of the labour market and males' 'new disadvantage' with
particular reference to the education of girls. Firstly, it will bring to
bear upon the argument recent feminist theories which point to the gender
paradox of restructuring which involves both gender intensification as well
as to gender convergence. For instance, it will offer a feminist analysis
of the post-Fordist notions of flexibility and enterprise exploring the
current imperative for workers to be flexibly and enterprisingly gendered.
It will show what all of this means for girls and the ways in which such
matters are or are not being addressed in schools.

Secondly it will point to the importance of local labour markets in
interpreting the notion of the feminisation of the labour market. Amongst
a variety of matters here it will consider the gendered dimensions of local
cultures and geographies and their implications for gendered participation
in local labour markets. In this context the paper will seek to theorise
the ways in which the micro markets of education intersect with local
labour markets in gendered ways. Overall it will show the ways in which
gender is being both de and retraditionalised at the same time. It will
make the case for a new approach to the vocational education of girls in
the light of the above arguments.

Strand 3: Education as a Career Path for Women
Day 3: 4 October 1998
Kathy Corbiere
Title: Equity, Democracy and Social Justice: Where are they now? The
impact of restructuring on equitable practice in administration

'Devolution, school-based management, or site-based management is an area
that is rapidly becoming a tangled web of misunderstandings, distortions,
half-truths, and downright lies. We need to start unravelling some of the
complex issues, some of the undisclosed interests, and some of the
manipulation that is masquerading under the rubric of devolution' (Smyth,

Devolution broadly refers to the move to schools of a wide range of
decision-making activity. While ostensibly a form of organisation which
enables more input and decision making at the workplace level, many authors
(Smyth, 1994, Blackmore, 1993, Porter, 1993) have questioned the hidden
agenda behind such changes and have signalled serious consequences for
principals, teachers, students and social justice and equity agendas.
Smyth (1995a:169) suggests a direct link between the promotion of
devolution in education and the political climate of the time. It is
within this changed context with its emphasis on competition, that
devolution and practices within the devolutionary model, must be understood
(Lingard and Rizvi 1992:111). The agenda of restructuring promotes
'localisation, marketisation and individualisation of education' with
significant cultural and value shifts towards an economic base for
educational decisions (Kenway, 1995:32-33). Market ideology is forming the
'new morality' of schools. "The market, as a policy alternative to 'public
monopoly education', is clearly education policy flavour of the decade
across the western world" (Ball, 1994:102).

A critical question for education at the present time is whether principles
of representation and equity, have been sufficiently embedded at the local
level to ensure school-based management reflects democratic and equitable
choices made by socially critical participants. This paper documents the
understanding and commitment to these agendas using parts of Queensland
education as a case study and draws conclusions for the position of women
in education, equity in employment practices and, more broadly, for
socially just and democratic practice.


Legends Hotel, in the heart of Surfers Paradise is a new hotel, purpose
built for conferences. One hundred metres from the surf beach, the hotel
guest rooms feature a private balcony with panoramic views of the beach, or
the mountainous bush hinterland.

Indulge yourself in the hotel saunas (wet & dry), pool or gym before a
drink at the relaxing 'Tables Bar' before dining at the 'Fables Restaurant'
on sumptuous Asian Pacific and Australian seafood dishes.


Accommodation cost is $125 per room per night for a shared room and $112.50
for a single room. This cost includes a full buffet breakfast.

Conference Presentations
Call for Workshops and Papers IS NOW CLOSED.
Guidelines for Presentations

PAPERS - Papers should address one or more of the conference foci. A
one-hour time slot will be available - 30 minutes for the paper
presentation and 30 minutes for questions and discussion. It is most
important to adhere to these time limits particularly to allow time for
discussion. A copy of the paper should be made available to the conference
secretariat prior to or at registration, both in print and on disk in
computer readable format, IBM compatible. Paper should be no more than
3500 words, printed in 12-point type, ideally Times Roman.

WORKSHOPS - Workshops should address one or more of the conference
themes/foci. Workshops may be of two hours. The number of participants in
a workshop will be limited to 20 people to enable effective interaction.
Workshop presenters are asked to provide a brief description of the process
and content of the workshop to be used over the two hours and an indication
of the intended audience. Workshop participants are invited to write a
brief report or submit recommendations to the AWE Executive for subsequent

ROUNDTABLES - Roundtables will provide opportunities for people interested
in exchanging ideas around particular themes or topics. The person
proposing each roundtable will be expected to initiate discussion by
raising key concerns or issues although a formal presentation is not
necessary. A one-hour timeslot will be available for a roundtable.

Instructions for submitting abstracts Please submit an abstract of no more
than 200 words to the organising committee by 26 June 1998. Abstracts
should be provided both in print and on disk. This will greatly assist us
in the production of the conference program. The organising committee will
advise you whether your proposal has been accepted for presentation by 31
July 1998.
Critical dates for proposals
Deadline for receipt of Abstract: 20 JuLY 1998
Notification of acceptance or rejection: 31 July 1998
Please complete all details on the registration form which may be
downloaded from our website. Abstracts may be completed on line from our
conference website at:
and returned by email to

Cocktail Reception
The AWE conference reception will be held at Legends Hotel at 6.30pm on the
first day of the conference. All conference participants are invited as
guests of the organising committee. There is no charge for the reception.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner is to be held in the hotel ballroom. An Asian Buffet
with a choice of sumptuous Queensland seafoods will be offered.
Vegetarians will be provided for. The conference dinner costs $35. We
will be entertained by 'Red Jam'.

Well Being Sessions
A special feature of the conference will be the physical and spiritual well
being sessions to pamper the body and the soul. These sessions will be
held at 4.15pm on the first two days of the conference and include;

o Aromatherapy o Dance
o Sauna (wet & dry) o Gym
o Swim (pool/beach) o Massage (foot or full body)
o Tarot Card reading (charge) o Facial (charge)

Conference Program

Day 1: Friday 2 October 1998
8.30am Registration
9.00am Conference Welcome
9.30am Keynote Address 1: Senator Margaret Reynolds
Global Issues: Local Action - Women's Role in Implementing a
Rights Agenda
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Paper Presentations
12.00 Noon Paper Presentations
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Workshops
4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.15 - 5.15pm Well Being sessions
6.30 - 7.30pm Cocktail Reception
7.30pm Own dinner arrangements.
Legends Hotel offers a complimentary drink and a $5 cash
back voucher
for those who choose to dine in the Hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Saturday 3 October 1998
9.30am Keynote Address 2: Assoc. Prof. Jane Kenway
The feminisation of the labour market and males' 'new
implications for girls' education for work.
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Workshops

1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Keynote Addres 3: Susan Halliday
3.00pm Paper Presentations
4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.15 - 5.15pm Well Being sessions
5.30 - 6.30pm AWE General Meeting
7.30 - 11.30pm Conference Dinner

Day 3: Sunday 4 October 1998
9.30am Keynote Address 4: Kathy Corbiere
Equity, Democracy and Social Justice: Where are they now? The impact of
restructuring on equitable practice in administration and teaching.
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Paper Presentations
12.00 midday Paper Presentations
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Workshops
4.00pm Afternoon Tea
Conference End

Registration Fees
Full registration includes attendance costs for three days, morning and
afternoon teas and lunch, and reception on the evening of Friday 2 October

Day registration covers the above for one day only.


Make cheques payable to: Association of Women Educators and send payment
and registration form to;
AWE National Office
PO Box 229

Convention Airline
Ansett Australia has been appointed as the Conference Airline. Coolangatta
is the closest airport with buses from/to Surfers Paradise. A bus meets
every flight.

Your conference airfare will be a 45% discount off the full economy class

If you prefer you can take advantage of one of the many discount airfares
available. These are sometimes cheaper but have stringent conditions
attached to them.

Please contact Nicky Bayley, Casuarina Flight Centre,
phone (08) 8945 3815,
fax (08) 8945 3904 and quote Association of Women Educators.

For any further information about the conference please contact;

Lesley McFarlane
Phone: (07) 3369 0088
Fax: (07) 3369 0022
AWE website:
BELOW IS THE REGISTRATION FORM. However a better formatted version may be
downloaded from the above AWE website.
Registration Form

Section A: Personal Details
Title: First Name: Surname:
Preferred name for name badge:
Address for receipt:
City: State/Territory: Postcode:
Country: Email:
Ph: Fax:

Section B: Registration Fees. Please tick.
I enclose payment for the following fees:
Full registration financial AWE member: $190 $
Full registration non AWE member: $225
Full registration full-time student: $150 $
Daily registration (date attending: __________ ) $120 $
The first 50 people to register will be entered in a draw to win free

Section C: Accommodation
Accommodation cost is $125 per room per night for a shared room and $112.50
for a single room (includes a full buffet breakfast).
Please make a reservation for me at Legends Hotel.
Number of nights: Date In: Date Out:
I will be sharing my room with:
I would like to share a room. Please allocate me a room mate.
I would like a single room.
I do not wish accommodation to be booked for me.
A $50 deposit is required by the hotel. Deposit paid:$

Section D: Reception and Conference Dinner
Reception: Friday 2 October. This reception is at no cost.
I will be attending the reception.
Conference Dinner: Saturday 3 October: Cost is $35 per person.
I will be attending the conference dinner.
Number of tickets required __________ @ $35 per person Paid:$
I require vegetarian food. TOTAL$

Section E: Well Being Activities
Well being activities will be held at the end of the day on the first two
days. Some of these activities are free; some are user-pays. Please
indicate your interest in two of the activities.
Aromatherapy Gym Body Massage (charge)
Dance Swim (pool/beach) Yoga (charge)
Sauna (wet & dry) Walk on beach Tarot Card reading (charge)
Foot Massage (charge) Water aerobics (charge)

Payment: Cheques should be made payable to: For office use only
Association of Women Educators Receipt No:
Send payment and registration form to: Date Received:
AWE National Office Amount:
PO Pox 229

Lesley McFarlane
Assistant Secretary - Research
Queensland Teachers Union
PO Box 1750
Milton BC Qld 4064

ph: (07) 3369 0088 wk
Ph: (07) 3846 2080 hm
fax: (07) 3369 0022 wk

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