"Educating for Change"
October 19-22, 2017 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Why are we in teaching and learning if not to be able to help enrich the lives of our students? Educational institutions at all levels, and of all types, should continue to strive for social change in today’s world. Beyond the apparent simplicity of our conference theme, however, there is great scope for wide-ranging responses to the question of just how we go about educating for change, by examining the inherent challenges and responsibilities faced by educators the world over.
Education, too frequently, is the victim of politics, and, worse, sometimes ideologies. Politicians and bureaucrats devise and implement policies to effect change that range from curriculum structure and goals to manipulating budgets on behalf of interest groups and their lobbyists. Questions relating to accountability, transparent governance and community relations are too frequently avoided.
Within the classroom itself, bridging the gap between policy, theory and practice, whether traditional or virtual, teachers and professors de facto become, at varying levels, agents for change. Beyond providing students with resources for study in given fields, they also support them by often being seen as acting not merely as mentors, but also as role models.
These issues are part of the global transformation affecting all human civilisation. How can we as teachers function effectively in a very uncertain environment? How do we help to equip our students with the intellectual and existential tools they require? How do we narrow the gap between theory and practice? How do we make decisions about curriculum and course context in the face of political pressure and social norms? What is the role of interdisciplinary studies in educating for change? And, at the macro level, how can we stimulate awareness of issues such as education assisting the promotion of social justice?
This conference, part of IAFOR’s global conference series on education in its broadest sense, brings together teachers, researchers and distinguished professors from around the world to share their insights. The goal is to broaden awareness of different contexts in the pursuit of synergies and solutions.
ACE2017 Conference Photographs
Human interaction is at the root of all knowledge creation, and hence the great importance of the conference in introducing, testing and spreading ideas through challenging, rigorous and thought provoking discussion and debate. But beyond that, a conference is also a great chance to meet people from around the world, and to extend and grow ones’s professional network, and above all, to make friends.
It may be impossible to tell the story of the conference, or rather the many hundreds of interlocking stories that go to make up the conference, but the documentary photography in this slideshow aims to give a taster of the more serious academic side of the event, as well as the lighter side…
The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Education (ACE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
- Dr Adlina Abdul Samad, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
- Dr Ampapan Tuntinakhongul, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
- Dr Annie Ko, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Professional Education & Executive Development, Hong Kong
- Professor Cynthia Abella, University of the East, The Philippines
- Professor Jayson Lannu, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, The Philippines
- Dr Jose Barlis Jr., Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, The Philippines
- Dr Josephine Jim, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Professor Avelino Caraan Jr., Jose Rizal University, The Philippines
- Professor Maria Ailynn Diansuy, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, The Philippines
- Dr Pamela Chrabieh, American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dr Patreeya Kitcharoen, Mahidol University, Thailand
- Dr Sachiyo Nishikawa, National Institute of Technology, Nara College, Japan
- Dr Sonal Mobar Roy, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, India
- Dr Ying-Feng Wang, National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan
- Dr Yoshihiko Yamamoto, Shizuoka University, Japan
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the ACE Review Committee, please visit our application page.