The 4th Asia-Pacific Reginal Conference on Service Learning Call for Proposal

Call for Proposal

The theme of the conference is "Service-Learning as a Bridge from Local to Global: Connected World, Connected Future". With globalization, the world gets more and more connected. Barriers to movement are being decomposed and local demographics are dramatically changing. The connected world calls for all parties to collaborate and work together for a connected future. The need for bilingual and culturally sensitive professionals and service providers urges the universities to prepare graduates with the ability to act in the world and for the world. For example, Lingnan University emphasizes a whole-person approach to education, which enables students to think, judge, care and act responsibly in a continually changing Hong Kong and wider world.

Apart from the development of well-prepared global citizens, it is also very important to explore the wise use of knowledge for the improvement of the world. The specialization and isolation of knowledge into different disciplines and departments have allowed limited dialogue between faculties. However, social problems may need to be addressed through an interdisciplinary approach from local to global. We need a platform to connect knowledge from different academic disciplines and different social sectors, to learn from each others' best practices and to apply knowledge in different settings to achieve a better world.

Service-Learning is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and sense of responsibility they need to succeed in the future world. As defined by the Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University, Service-Learning fosters students' social competence, communication skills, problem-solving skills, subject-related knowledge, research skills, and civic orientation. Let's get together to make a difference to our community, to our region and to our world.
Conference Goal

Provide a platform for Service-Learning Coordinators/Practitioners/Researchers, Professors/Course Instructors, Community Partners, Administrators, and Educational Policy Makers to share their ideas and practices on Service-Learning
Share best practices for Service-Learning and the wise use of knowledge for the improvement of the world, i.e. to see how Service-Learning can address social issues, e.g. Ageing, Health care, Social Enterprises, etc
Review Service-Learning theories and practices from an international perspective

For the 2013 conference, we are particularly interested in proposals in the following areas:

Different Modes/Models of Service-Learning

Different definitions of Service-Learning and different designs for implementing Service-Learning pedagogy
Various modes/models of Service-Learning that have been implemented in your country

Building Effective Partnerships in Service-Learning

How can partnerships enrich Service-Learning?
How to establish Service-Learning partnerships between educational institutions and community-based organizations?
Frequently encountered barriers to establishing and maintaining partnerships

Service-Learning as Civic Education

The role of Service-Learning in civic education
How Service-Learning achieves the learning objective of integrating cognition, affection, and action in civic education?
Exploring the idea that Service-Learning may accomplish the desired learning outcomes of a civic education curriculum more effectively than the traditional pedagogy

Global Citizenship and International Service-Learning

Internationalization of your Institution: Is it a way of cultivating global citizenship?
How international Service-Learning develops participants’ sense of global citizenship?

Program Evaluation and Assessment: Outcomes of Service-Learning and a Research Agenda

Learning objectives of Service-Learning and evaluating learning outcomes
Common outcome measurements of Service-Learning
How best to evaluate programs to satisfy current demands for quality assurance systems in higher education?
How best to measure students learning outcomes in order to improve the quality of the programs themselves?
The impact of Service-Learning on community development
The impact of Service-Learning on faculty development
The long-term impact of Service-Learning on students and communities

Fostering Reflection/Critical Thinking

Impact of reflection and critical thinking on student’s personal development and growth
Structures of reflection and critical thinking in Service-Learning programs
How reflection makes a difference in achieving the learning outcomes of Service-Learning?

Higher Education as a Force to Address Social Problems

Can the University be an instrument to mobilize resources to address societal problems? What are the social issues we should address?
What institutional support is required to undertake these types of activist pedagogy?
To what extent can practitioners utilize institutional mottos and value statements to elicit institutional support?
How institutions of higher education prepare mature and responsible adults for the improvement of the world?

Presentation Categories

Presenters and conference participants will be given a variety of program formats to choose. Proposals should indicate all formats within which the work can be presented. The conference secretariat will determine which format best suits each proposed presentation. The options are as follows:

Paper Presentations (20 minutes)
Presenters will conduct formal oral presentations share a session with two-to-three other presenters on similar topics. Presenters should plan for 20 minutes for their presentation. A short time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions and summarization.

Panel Presentations (60 minutes)
A group of papers on similar themes or research issues proposed as a complete session. Those presenting within this option should submit a group proposal involving up to three presentations. A recommended discussant should also be named in the proposal. A panel presentation should take 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion.

Interactive Workshops (60 minutes)
An interactive session allows active involvement of audience participants throughout the presentation. Workshops should engage the audience in sharing collaborative expertise in one or more of the Conference Themes. It maybe problem-based or have a disciplinary or cross-cultural focus. One or several individuals may participate. Participants in these sessions gain new ideas and knowledge they may apply in their own work.

Poster Presentations (90 minutes)
These sessions will provide an opportunity for the author to display information on their initiatives and achievements in the field. In this format, presenters talk informally with participants who come to their boards. Free standing poster display boards are provided for speakers. Details about poster presentations are provided to the author after acceptance of his or her poster proposal. Presenters may bring printed materials for (free) distribution.

Proposal Submission Details

Abstracts of 150-200 words are invited from interested paper presenters, to be sent to the Secretariat on or before 31st January 2013. Acceptance of abstract will be confirmed by 1st March 2013. You are welcome to send the full manuscript of an accepted paper by 1st May 2013. Selected papers from this Conference may be considered for special issue publication in the supporting journal (New Horizons in Education)

Requests for Conference Cost Subsidy
The Conference organizers have generously provided funding to support participants from South and Southeast Asia, and Mainland China. If you are requesting subsidy, please indicate in the registration form. For those who receive subsidy, full manuscript of an accepted paper has to be submitted.

Deadline: 31st January 2013 but early requests are encouraged. Please send a letter and completed registration form and abstract submission form to:

Prof. Alfred Chan Cheung-ming BBS JP, Director, Office of Service-Learning, LBY101, B.Y. Lam Building, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong