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Rethinking literacy and pedagogic agency
in the 4IR

30 September - 2 October 2022

Southern Sun Rosebank, Johannesburg


Abstract submission deadline | 31 May 2022
Notification of abstract acceptance | 27 June 2022
Registration deadline | 26 August 2022 (Extended to 9 September)

Recent global events have catapulted education into the digital age, requiring rapid adaptation in order for learning to continue. Teachers, teacher educators, those working in tertiary institutions and community organisations, as well as parents and learners, faced unprecedented challenges, especially in terms of their approaches to learning. Pedagogic agency, which refers to the educator's ability to make informed instructional decisions based on learning needs and reflective considerations, was transformed as conceptions of the classroom shifted. These seismic changes call on those working in the education sector to consider the future of literacy education in a world increasingly located in technology, data and the knowledge economy.

The conference theme raises another issue. A pedagogical agent - a concept borrowed from computer science and artificial intelligence - refers to an avatar that simulates the role of a teacher in a digital learning environment. The adoption of the term foreshadows an area of uncertainty within education circles: what is the future of teaching? Are we adequately prepared for it? And how can those working in literacy instruction be supported to shift from traditional approaches to methods that will meet the needs of the future?


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Full registration |  R2700  |  Members R2400
NGO registration  |  R15
00  |  Members R1200
School teacher registration  |  R12
00  |  Members R900
Student registration  |  R500  (full-time students who are not employed)
International registration (from Africa)  |  R2800
International registration (outside Africa) |  $250

The discount for members will be applied during invoicing.

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Delegates | Free


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ACCOUNT NAME | Literacy Association of South Africa

BANK | Standard Bank

ACCOUNT NUMBER | 071816100

BRANCH | Constantia

BRANCH CODE | 025309

ACCOUNT TYPE | Business Current


IBAN NUMBER | 025309071816100


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For in-person conference attendance, a 10% cancellation fee applies up to 1 week before the conference, thereafter a 100% cancellation fee will apply. No refunds will be given for non-attendance at the online conference.

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