The NAEC hosted the 1st National Educational Conference, “International Educational Research in Georgia – Reality and Initiatives” on August 16, 2008. The conference was held at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel. Education experts, representatives of higher educational institutions, non-governmental, international organizations, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and teachers took part in the conference. Among other major issues, the Conference covered the outcomes of international research and future recommendations.
The conference had two parts. The first was an academic-style workshop where NAEC experts presented their research and exchanged feedback. The second was a policy-oriented discussion wherein panels with senior representatives of policy institutions, as well as prominent academics, discussed key topics.
The deliberations of the conference included:
The importance of international research in education policy;
The results of international research in literacy;
The practice of teaching reading in Georgia and modern methods of reading;
The results of international research in teaching and learning mathematics and science;
The results of TIMSS 2007 according to cognitive skills;
International research in mathematics education.
The conference ended with remarks from participants on the need for professional networking events in Georgia.