4th Triennial Conference of IAACS

The Fourth Triennial Conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) was held July 2-3, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, directed by Professors Elizabeth Macedo and Alice Casimiro Lopes. It was held in the Pestana Hotel on Copacabana Beach, the beauty of which was exceeded only by the importance of the conference presentations. The fifth triennial meeting will be held in 2015 in Ottawa, Canada, to be chaired by University of Ottawa Professor Nicholas Ng-A-Fook.

Welcome to IAACS

International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) is established to support a worldwide – but not uniform – field of curriculum studies. At this historical moment and for the foreseeable future, curriculum inquiry occurs within national borders, often informed by governmental policies and priorities, responsive to national situations. Curriculum study is, therefore, nationally distinctive. The founders of the IAACS do not dream of a worldwide field of curriculum studies mirroring the standardization and uniformity the larger phenomenon of globalization threatens. Nor are we unaware of the dangers of narrow nationalisms. Our hope, in establishing this organization, is to provide support for scholarly conversations within and across national and regional borders about the content, context, and process of education, the organizational and intellectual center of which is the curriculum.