“Transforming and Changing Education: Individuals, Communities, Societies”

October 28 – November 2, 2014 | Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan

The Asian Conference on Education 2014 (ACE2014) and The Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology 2014 (ACSET2014) were held at the end of October in 2014. More than 350 delegates from 40 countries were welcomed to Osaka, Japan for this enlightening set of conferences that discussed avenues and solutions to transforming and changing education.

The ACE2014 Keynote Speaker Dennis McInerney, Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Co-Director of the Assessment Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Education, presented on “The Many Faces of Identity – Is identity a relevant construct for understanding and enhancing learning?” McInerney discussed how identity is constructed and how children can have their identities formed into that of learners through education.

IAFOR was pleased to welcome back Professor Keith Miller, Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and member of the Executive Council of the International Advisory Board. Professor Miller gave a timely and interested presentation on “How will communities, societies, and education change because some machines are becoming individuals?” The ACE Featured Speaker this year was Professor Haruko Satoh, from Osaka University, Japan, who presented on “Crunch Time? Real Challenges in Internationalising Japan’s Universities” — an important topic both for Japanese educators and those abroad.

We were fortunate to have a number of very strong spotlight sessions at ACE/ACSET2014. Dr. Monty P. Satiadarma, Clinical Psychologist and Former Rector, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia, discussed “The Stockholm Syndrome in Families.” Dr. Bernard Montoneri, from Providence University, Taiwan, presented on “The Impact of Students’ Participation to a Facebook Group on Their Learning Motivation and Scores.” Professor Grant Black, University of Tsukuba, Japan, gave a spotlight presentation on “The Globalizing Process for University Education in Japan” and Professor Dave Towey, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), presented on “A Flipped Classroom Failure: Insights & Reflections.”

The conference team wishes to thank the extraordinary efforts of our conference chairs — Professor Sue Jackson (Birkbeck, University of London, UK), Professor Michiko Nakano (Waseda University, Japan), Professor Barbara Lockee (Virginia Tech, USA), Dr Robert Logie (Osaka Gakuin University, Japan) and Professor Keith Miller (University of Missouri – St. Louis). We would like to also thank all the delegates and audience members for making this such a successful event.