The Pacific Rim Center for Research on Special Education and Disability at UC Santa Barbara is organizing the 2012 Pacific Rim Special Education Research Consortium (PR-SERC) conference under the auspice of the UC Pacific Rim Research Programs and the Division of International Special Education and Services of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, the largest national professional organization of special education in U.S.). This event will take place on February 9-10, 2012 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. Registration for the conference is open now; for information see: http://education.ucsb.edu/pacrimctr/ or email us at email@example.com. In addition, prior to the PR-SERC conference, there will be a one-day planning meeting for the PR-SERC collaborative research projects held at the Gevirtz School of Education of UCSB on February 8, 2012.
PR-SERC is a consortium involving researchers from over 20 universities in a dozen Pacific Rim countries including Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, U.S., and many Asia-Pacific countries and territories (e.g., China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Marco, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has taken a strong role in initiating and founding the Pacific Rim Special Education Research Consortium. Associate Professor Mian Wang, director of the Pacific Rim Center for Research on Special Education and Disability, is the first acting chair of the consortium and the co-chair of the 2012 PR-SERC conference. Professor Michael Gerber has been part of the consortium from the beginning and is also the co-chair of the 2012 PR-SERC conference.
At this point the consortium has three major goals, according to Wang: “First, collaborative research is our primary focus. Many of us have already been doing so, but the consortium creates anetwork and better platform to take us to the next level. Second, we strive for knowledge dissemination, eventually establishing a consortium website in multiple languages. Third, we want to provide for scholarly exchange and professional training. Many partners expressed the need not just to do research together but to help train future special education researchers and practitioners, at both doctoral training and teacher training levels.”
Fees for the conference are: $100 Early Registration (registration form postmarked before January 15); $125 Advance Registration (registration form postmarked before February 8); $150 On-Site Registration (February 9); $50 Single Day Registration (day of February 9 or 10).
[Mian Wang is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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