CIE @ CIES 2014 in Toronto


Once again CIE sent a large elegation to the national conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, held this year in Toronto. Over 45 graduates, faculty members and current students attended the conference and well over 30 were on the program.


With the editorship of the Comparative Education Review (CER) now at UMass/CIE, there were six CIE members present at the conference and in sessions organized by CER. CIE faculty members Bjorn Nordtveit, Cris Smith and Jacqi Mosselson were there along with graduate students David Epstein, Mei Lan Frame and Ben Herson in various editorial roles.


Five current students received travel awards from CIES – Mei Lan Frame from UREAG, and Sumera Ahsan, Tareque Rahman, Mahboob Morshed and Ezekiel Babagario from CIES.


In addition D. R. Evans was recognized with the 2014 Honorary Fellow award for a lifetime of service to CIES and to the field of Comparative and International Education.


Several panels were organized by CIE members. Gretchen Rossman organized a panel on Compressed Ethnography which included Karla Sarr as one of the presenters and Bjorn Nordtveit as a discussant.


A sampling of presenters and topics from the 18 current CIE students on the program:

  • Sumera Ahsan - Impact of globalization on examination policy reform in Bangladesh.
  • Ezekiel Abdullahi Babagario - Religion and Culture: What is the Hope for the Girl-Child in Northern Nigeria.
  • Kefah Barham - The Flaws of Computer Technology Integration into Palestinian Schools.
  • Stephen Richardson - Resiliency in conflict: The perceptions and reflections of NGO practitioners implementing psychosocial support in schools.
  • Hye Seung Cho - Analyzing the discourse around education strategy in conflict-affected settings.
  • Salma Nazar Khan - Microteaching Model and Practice in Pakistan: A mixed method impact analysis.
  • Natia Mzhavanadze - Collaboration under coercion or consent?: analysis of state-NGO relationships in the republic of Georgia.
  • Mindy Eichhorn - A discrepancy analysis: Math learning disabilities in India.
  • Hassan Aslami - Teacher Attrition in Fragile Contexts: Why Secondary School Teachers Leave the Profession in Afghanistan.

As has become the custom, CIE organized an informal gathering at a local pub - Quinn’s Steakhouse this time – for CIE members and friends. The event provided an opportunity for CIE graduates – more than 15 CIE graduates were at the conference - to interact with current students and connect with old friends.