Keynote Speakers

Prof. Branislav Pupala, Ph. D. (Trnava University, Slovakia)

Prof. Branislav Pupala, PhD. – Professor of Early Childhood Education at Trnava University, Faculty of Education. He is also senior research fellow at Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava where he founded with his colleagues the Centre for Research in Education. In education, he has been working more than 25 years – at the theoretical, political and also practical level. His main focus in research is policy in the field of early childhood education and care, curriculum development, comparative/international studies in ECEC.

At Trnava University he is director of the undergraduate program in preschool and primary education and co­?director of the program Education and Health Care in Developing Cooperation. He is also director of the master’s program in Preschool Education and director of the PhD program in education (including preschool education). In 2016 at Trnava university, Faculty of Education he also founded The Kenya centre for early childhood and preschool education studies and he is the head of this centre. At international level, currently he has developed cooperation with scholars from universities in USA, India, New Zealand, Russia, Kenya etc. Selection of the contemporary published research outputs: https://www.?researchgate.?net/?profile/?Branislav_?Pupala/?publications otvárané v novom okne (obvykle ide o externý odkaz)

Prof. Dr. Prayitno, M.Sc. Ed, (Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia)

Prof. Dr. Prayitno, M.Sc. Ed. is an Emeritus Professor in Department of Guidance and Counseling at Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia. He got master and doctoral degree from Indiana University (US). He also joined the non-degree of Colombo Plan (SCAEP) in education planning and curriculum development at Macquarie University,   Sydney, Australia. He is a member of American Counseling Association (ACA). Besides writing books and journal, he has presented paper and workshop in national and international conference in Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Some of his publications are: Buku Saku Butir – Butir Nilai Karakter – Cerdas (2011); Sosok Keilmuan Ilmu Pendidikan (2011); Pembelajaran Karakter-Cerdas : Format Klasikal dan Non-Klasikal / Kelompok) (2012); Seri Pemandu Pengembangan Penghayatan dan Pengamalan Nilai-nilai Karakter-Cerdas (P3N-KC) (2012); Materi Karakter-Cerdas dalam Pembelajaran (Modul Sertifikasi Guru Dalam Jabatan) (2012); Modul Kependidikan Pendidikan Profesi Pendidik : Kaidah Keilmuan Pendidikan dalam Belajar dan Pembelajaran (JILID 1 dan 2) (2012); Kumpulan Pidato Pengukuhan Guru Besar IKIP Padang / UNP (2012); Kumpulan Pidato Rektor IKIP Padang / UNP (2012); Konseling Integritas (2013); Pembelajaran Melalui Pelayanan Bimbingan dan Konseling di Satuan – Satuan Pendidikan (2013); Keluhuran IQRA’ untuk Kehidupan (2015); Pelayanan Konseling Profesional yang Berhasil (2015); He involve in various trauma healing in Aceh after the Tsunami, West Sumatera. He has numerous publication that can be visited at Google Scholar.,

Assoc. Prof. Ikuyo Wakayama (Toyama University, Japan)

Assoc. Prof. Ikuyo Wakayama is a lecturer at Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Human Development, Toyama University, Japan. After taking M.Ed.  at Department of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University, she took Ph.D. in Education  Department of Education, Hiroshima University. Some of her publication are: Wakayama, I. (2017). A Longitudinal case study on attitudes of six-year-olds to seven-year-olds toward art activities in kindergarten and art classes in primary school. The Journal for the Association of Art Education, 38, 479-489.; Naruse, A., Nakada, H., Pastor, M.S., & Wakayama, I. (2017).The comparison of Spanish and Japanese curriculum in early childhood education and practice. The Bulletin of The Faculty of Human Development University of Toyama, 11(2), 47-56. Sumi, A., Tsuzumi, M., Kamiyama, A., Wakayama, I., Yonezaki E., Eda, N., & Hagiwara, N.(2016) The meaning of decalcomania in art education. The Bulletin of the Faculty of Human Development University of Toyama, 10(2), 43-53. Wakayama, I. (2015). Sources of errors in lesson plans by students majoring in early childhood education : using ‘thick description’ to bring the error making process to light. The Bulletin of the Japan Association of Training Schools for Nursery Teachers,33, 21-30; Wakayama, I. (2013).The effects of the Persona/scenario method on student attitudes : Child-centered teaching plans for drawings of early childhood. The Bulletin of the Japan Association of Training Schools for Nursery Teachers, 31, 47-56.; Wakayama, I. (2013).”As If” Creative Molding Activity in Kindergarten Children’s Free-play. The Journal for the Association of Art Education, 34, 469-477.; Wakayama, I. (2010). The effect of verbal support on diversification and sophistication of visual images in “as if” drawings by four-and five-year old children. Roth, R., Barreda-Hanse, C. and Hiew, Ch. ?Eds.? Families and Societies in Trasition. Proceedings of the 66th Annual Convention International Council of Psychologists, 91-101. For Detail CV Ikuyo Wakayama

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad johari bin sihes (University Technology Malaysia, Malaysia)

He is a lecturer at Department of Educational Foundation and Social Science, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, He got Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; and M.Ed. in Curriculum Construction (1988) University Of Minnesota at Duluth, Minnesota. He has published national and international journals such as, “Pengurusan Kurikulum Sekolah Kurang Murid Di Daerah Kota Tinggi, Johor”Journal of Educational Management, Volume 3 Sept 2011, Pages 89-111 / ISSN: 2231-7341; “Amalan Kemahiran Generik Oleh Guru Pelatih Aliran Teknik Dan Vokasional, Fakulti Pendidikan, UTM Semasa Menjalani Latihan Mengajar”.Journal of Social Science, Volume 3, Sept 2011, Page 52-82/ ISSN: 2231-7333; “Perlaksanaan E-Pembelajaran Di Kalangan Pelajar Fakulti Pendidikan Dan Fakulti Kejuruteraan Mekanikal Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai”.Journal of Technical, Vocational & Engineering Educational Volume 3 September 2011, Pages 33-51 /ISSN: 2231-7376; “Assessing Nursing Curriculum: Graduate Nurse Viewpoints”.Canadian Journal Of Nursing Informatics, Issue 3, Disember 2011, ISSN 1718-9438; “Confirmatory Factor Analysis toUnderstand Factors Contribute in Learners’ Differences in Language Teaching and Learning’.Wulfenia Journal, Volume 20, Issue 1, 2013. He is a member, of Science and Mathematics Education Society of Johor.; member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (Malaysia Section).; Senior Member, International Economics Development Research Center (IEDRC),  Further information click here.

Kanokporn Vibulpatanavong, Ph. D. (Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand)

Kanokporn Vibulpatanavong, Ph. D. is a lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. She is currently the Head of Master Degree and Doctoral Degree in Special Education at Faculty of Education, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand. She completed Ph.D in Education from Faculty of Education and Social Work University of Sydney. Prior to her PhD study, Kanokporn was a project officer at UNICEF Thailand Country Office, working on educational projects in the six Tsunami affected province. Her research interests include reading development in the Thai language, social inclusion of children with disabilities, and inclusive education in South East Asia. Kanokporn also writes stories for picture books, five of which have been published. Her first book “Why Elephants are Afraid of Mice?” was given an award by Thailand’ s Foundation for Children, while the series of four picture books, “Heroes” , have been translated into Chinese. For Detail click Kanokporn Vibulpatanavong