International Conference - Revue internationale d'éducation de Sèvres
CIEP, 12-14 June 2014
A comparatist and pluridisciplinary approach
Organized under the patronage of the French Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, the conference aims to raise awareness and promote a better unders-tanding of the educational realities of this diverse and important region. The conference also provides an opportunity to consider how Asian countries are responding to their own educational challenges, and the relevance of these responses outside Asia.
The questions asked of Asian education systems are those that comparative specialists ask the world over, but it is also important to consider the links between education, traditions and civilizations, both within Asian countries and in comparison with others. The focus of the conference is on school education.
Bringing together 40 speakers from around twenty countries, the conference is orga-nized around the following three core strands:
- Asia’s education systems: How is school represented?
- Asia’s education systems: Organizations, strategies and results?
- Education in Asia and across the world: Towards Asian models? Towards competition or cooperation?
The conference is open by invitation to 120 French and international participants, including experts and researchers hailing from several countries and disciplines (eco-nomics, education, political science, history, sociology, geography, philosophy, arts, etc.), as well as managers from European and Asian education systems and multilateral organizations.
Which “Asias” are we referring to?
While education in Asia is based specifically around two key educational experiences, that of Chinese-influenced Asia and that of the Indian traditions, other educational traditions and contexts that are less specific to Asia, such as the Muslim tradition, will also be taken into account, as well as the historical, ideological and political develop-ments particular to each country.
The following contexts will be considered: China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The conference includes plenary sessions and workshops. The working languages are French and English. A simultaneous interpreting service is provided.
The 12 June 2014, plenary sessions provide participants with the necessary background: the cultural, political, historical, geographic, and economic contexts influencing education in Asia; Asian pupils’ results in international assessments; and comparative methods applied to education.
The 13 June 2014, 24 case studies are presented in six workshops, three of which will be held in the morning (9 a.m. - midday), and three in the afternoon (2 - 5 p.m.).
- Workshop 1: Discourse and narratives on education
- Workshop 2: Knowledge, curricula and pedagogy
- Workshop 3: Issues and conditions associated with the funding of education in Asia
- Workshop 4: Changes in school education systems as a result of socioeconomic transformations
- Workshop 5: School and society: A matter of trust
- Workshop 6: The existence and influence of Asian models
The 14 June 2014, plenary sessions and a round table will provide an opportunity to summarize and discuss the previous days’ lectures and workshops. The aim will be to anticipate how education systems in Asia may evolve in the future, as observed from the perspective of other regions around the world: Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Australia.
Publications and online content
The plenary sessions held on 12 and 14 June 2014 are broadcast live on the web-television channel Canal C2: www.canalc2.tv/direct.asp?idEvenement=756.
The 24 case studies from the workshops are published online in French and English on the website of the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres (RIES): http://ries.revues.org/.
An extensive annotated bibliography, produced for the conference by the CIEP’s Resource and Documentary Centre (CRID), and country profiles giving a broad outline of Asian education systems, are available online at www.ciep.fr.
Issue 68 of the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres will further explore the issues discussed during the conference. It will be published in April 2015.
The third conference of the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres is organized by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) in partnership with the National College for Education Management, Higher Education and Research (ESENESR)
with the support of the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (European and International Relations and Cooperation Department), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and French cultural and diplomatic offices in Asia (Hong Kong and Macao; Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Taipei) and in cooperation with Editions Didier, distributor of the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres.
Conference partner Le Café pédagogique covers the highlights on a specially created blog.