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GUST First Student-Led Conference in Education 2017


The Education Program at GUST is pleased to announce the first GUST Student-led Conference in Education 2017 which brings together scholars, researchers and Higher Degree Research students in an engaging environment that fosters dialogue and debate on issues, trends and challenges currently present in educational research and practice. It also provides the opportunity for future teachers to share their experiences and ideas. This will also foster discovery learning when students discover new educational experiences as they try to find their ways to effective learning.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Shahad AlShammari from the English Department at GUST as the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Shahad's presentation will address:

Preparing future teachers to be innovative motivators.

Abstract: The value in education is that it can take students beyond training and instruction such that they are inducted into knowledge in a manner that makes their behavioral outcomes unpredictable. In other words, the good’ of education is that it goes beyond producing individuals who will be limited, predictable and uncreative. To achieve such a ‘good’, however, requires also that future teachers are not just ‘trained’ but ‘educated’ to be innovative motivators. The presentation will elaborate on this by arguing that teachers, both at pre-service and at the level of continuing professional development need to be prepared according to three principles. These are as follows: teachers should have a very good command of the subject matter of their teaching areas; they should know how to motivate students in an innovative way; and they should engage in reflection not just in relation to their work at the classroom level, but also in relation to education more broadly. These principles need to be followed in order for future teachers to be considered innovative motivators, and for students to be motivated to learning for the sake of learning.


While the breadth of the first GUST student-led conference focus, Innovative Trends in Teaching, allows most research students and scholars to present their latest findings, projects that focus on the contemporary significance of their case studies are strongly encouraged.

Conference Abstracts

We encourage you to share your case study and projects with us and we look forward to productive and robust presentations on the issues that you raise. All participants will benefit from a supportive collegial environment and the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in the field.




Abstracts Guidelines

Please follow the abstract submission and project presentation guidelines as below:

Your abstract should be no more than 250 words. Please describe the focus of your project or case study and list any other co-authors. You should also include 4 to 5 keywords.

You should also provide your name, email address, mobile / phone number, title of your presentation, and theme of no more than 50 words.

Click here to download the template.

Click here to submit your paper in word format, no later than 30 November, 2017.

Click here to register for the conference:

There is a maximum of 65 places reserved for presenters and 50 places for General Attendees.

Your presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussions and questions.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you on 11 & 13 December 2017. 

Light snacks will be provided on the day.  Please specify any special dietary requirements you may have when you register.

For more information, please contact CTLR Committee Members:

Dr. Cathy Daniel

Email: daniel.c@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Florentina Halimi

Email: halimi.f@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Iqbal AlShammari

Email: shammari.i@gust.edu.kw