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Keynote speakers

 Jean Clandinin  

D. Jean Clandinin is Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta. A former teacher, counsellor, and psychologist, she is author or co-author of 12 books. Four books and many chapters and articles were published with Michael Connelly. Within the field of education, Dr. Clandinin's research has had a profound impact upon the related areas of teacher knowledge, teacher education and narrative inquiry. Her research on teachers' personal practical knowledge has altered our understanding of the role that teachers play in curriculum making in their classrooms and of the need for incorporating this knowledge into teacher education programs. She has been instrumental in the development of narrative inquiry as a methodology for conducting research in the social sciences.

 Vera Caine  

Vera Caine joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in January 2009. She completed her MN and PhD (Educational Policy Studies) at the University of Alberta. Vera’s clinical practice relates to community health nursing and nursing in remote northern communities, as well as vulnerable populations within the inner city. Vera has been fortunate to engage in diverse narrative inquiries alongside D. Jean Clandinin. Her research interest’s center on epistemological and ontological commitments in narrative inquiry, visual methodologies and narrative pedagogical approaches, of particular interest are issues of relational ethics, remembering and questions imbedded in autobiography, such as identity, home and memory.

 Cheryl Craigh  

Cheryl J. Craig, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Education, University of Houston, TX, USA.  She is an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, an AERA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (Division B-Curriculum) and a recipient of AERA’s Martin Huberman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Understanding the Lives of Teachers.  Craig’s narrative inquiry research unfurls at the intersection where teaching, curriculum and school reform meet. Cheryl Craig’s keynote address will center on Nesting Understandings of Teacher Education Reforms in Context: The Story Constellations Approach to Narrative Inquiry

 Anna Lena Østern

Anna-Lena Østern is professor in arts education at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science. She has been engaged in research and development projects  where aesthetic pedagogical design has been explored in early childhood, primary and secondary school as well as in teacher education. As researcher she is working with ethnographic and narrative methodologies with a special focus on vitalizing pedagogical supervision in education.

 Portrettbilde av Susanne Garvis

Susanne Garvis is a professor of child and youth studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden within the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. She has worked within early childhood education and care at a number of Australian universities before moving to Sweden. Susanne is interested in early childhood contexts, especially with the youngest of children in care. She has worked with children, families, teachers, teacher educators and maternal and child health nurses with narrative approaches to explore the complexities of early childhood education. This has provided new insights into the lived experience of early childhood service provision and highlighted the importance of understanding cultural and contextual difference.