V Anniversary International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» (ECCE 2016)

On May 12-14, 2016, the Lomonosov Moscow State University hosted the V Anniversary International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» - the major event dedicated to preschool psychology and pedagogy in the Eurasian region.

Partner-Country of the 2016 Conference— People’s Republic of China 

Conference Languages: Russian, English (simultaneous interpretation)

Online streaming: Plenary sessions were streamed live all over the world

Conference Organizers: Lomonosov Moscow State University and Moscow Pedagogical Academy of Preschool Education; co-organizers: Federal Institute for Development of Education; Institute for Childhood, Family and Education Studies of the Russian Academy of Education; Moscow City Pedagogical University.

The Conference is organized annually, with support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Russian Psychological Society, Civic Chamber of Russia, World Bank. The 2016 Conference was included in the Major Events Plan of the Eurasian Association of Universities and the Year of Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States.  

The 2016 Conference was welcomed on behalf ofthe Chairman of the State Duma S.E. Naryshkin; Minister of Education and Science of Russia D.V. Livanov; Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China; Civic Chamber of Russia; Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States; Russian-Chinese Committee for Peace, Friendship and Development; Russian-Chinese Friendship Society.

The opening ceremony of the Conference included welcome speeches from:

  • Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee, Rector of the Lomonosov Moscow State University V. Sadovnichiy
  • Minister Plenipotentiary, Education Advisor for the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Russia Zhao Guochen
  • Head of the “Rosobrnadzor’s” Department of the General Education Quality Assessment E. Semchenko
  • Chairman of the Commission for Development of Science and Education of the Civic Chamber of Russia L. Dukhanina
  • First Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Education N. Malofeev
  • Advisor for the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States L. Savvina
  • President of the Russian Psychological Society Y. Zinchenko
  • Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of the Conference, Rector of the Moscow Pedagogical Academy of Preschool Education N. Veraksa

Eventful three-day program of the Conference included lots of activities, in particular:

  • Scientific Program (May 12-13)
  • Open Education Program (May 14)
  • Specialized international exhibition «Preschool Education Today»
  • Contest for young scholars
  • Nationwide contest of children’s drawings
  • Exhibition of the works by the winners of the contest for the best architectural designs for preschool institutions in the High North and Far East regions
  • Awarding of the winners of the international contest «Project Activities in Preschool Institutions - 2015»

Among the Conference participants were leading Russian and foreign researchers of preschool childhood, representatives of the federal and regional ministries and departments, administrators and experts working in the preschool education system, higher education administrators and professors, graduate and post-graduate students, as well as practicing teachers and parents, who attended the Open Education Program. 

Altogether, more than 1900 specialists from 61 regions of Russia and 27 foreign countries (China, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, CzechRepublic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan) took part in the Conference activities.  

Representatives of 83 Russian and 28 foreign Universities (Institutes) took part in the Scientific Program of the Conference (May 12-13, more than 700 participants). 2 plenary and 15 section sessions were dedicated to numerous issues, including state policy in preschool education; current international trends in preschool education; training of education staff; preschool children’s progress in mastering the curriculum; cognitive, speech, physical development and health of children; preschool education for children with special needs; development-friendly object-space environment; and others. The problem of preschool education quality assessment attracted particular interest. All in all, the Conference included 111 presentations, of which 32 were made by the foreign colleagues; apart from that, the Poster section included 41 presentations, of which 7 were made by the foreign colleagues. All Scientific Program sessions were provided with simultaneous interpretation; foreign colleagues acted as co-chairs at 14 sessions.

Plenary sessions included presentations by such prominent scholars as Alexander Asmolov -  Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director of the Federal Institute for Development of Education (Russia);  Joachim Quintino Aires – Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director of Vygotsky Institute (Portugal); Debby Cryer – PhD, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA); Tatyana Volosovets – Professor, Director of the Institute for Childhood, Family and Education Studies at the Russian Academy of Education (Russia); Limin Hou– Professor, Guangxi Zhuang Pedagogical University (China); Mary Young – Director of the Center for Childhood Development at the Chinese Scientific Research Foundation (USA); Ljudmila Obukhova – Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Age-Related Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology at the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University (Russia); Roger Säljö — PhD, Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

More than 1300 preschool education specialists and parents took part in the Open Education Program (May 14). It included 19 activities, such as workshops and tutorials for parents, master classes and lectures for specialists, presentations, meetings with the authors of preschool education programs, round table for young scholars.

The key event in the framework of the Open Education Program wasthe round table «Development of common civic identity in preschool children with regard to the differences between national and cultural traditions of family education»,organized by theChairman of the Commission for Development of Science and Education of the Civic Chamber of Russia L. Dukhanina, with participation of the Moscow Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism. This round table made clear the importance and complexity of the discussed issue, as well as the urgent need for further analysis, discussions and optimal solutions.

International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» is one of the major events for Russian and foreign professionals in this field. This Conference is a unique event, which, due to the active citizenship of the professionals, convinced that development of preschool education is necessary for prosperity of their country, active participation of the leading scholars and universities, information and organizational support from the Government, illustrates that it is possible to hold international forums of such importance and scale without state funding.  

The participants emphasized that the Conference was extremely eventful, interesting and beneficial, it promoted their professional and personal growth, let them take a fresh look at their work, boosted their creativity, gave them a chance to learn about experience of their foreign colleagues. It is obvious that this Conference, all of whose sessions are provided with simultaneous interpretation, is the only opportunity for many Russian specialists, who do not speak English well, to meet their foreign colleagues in person. 

Extensive participation of foreign colleagues makes it clear that international cooperation in the field of preschool education is getting wider and closer year by year, and the International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» contributes significantly to that process. 

The participants and organizers of the Conference are convinced that such events are necessary and hope that the VI International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education», which will be held in May 2017, will be supported by the Government, non-governmental organizations and professional community on yet a larger scale.

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