Experts Gather at HKIEd to Discuss Global Curriculum and Instruction in First of a Kind in Conference for the Asia-Pacific Region
Scholars and experts from more than 16 countries or territories – including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Germany, Iran, mainland China, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, the UK and many of those in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam – gathered today (19 June) at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) for the Global Curriculum and Instruction Network (GCIN) Conference 2014.
The two-day conference is organised by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at HKIEd, and co-organised by the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, the Faculty of Education at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia, and the Faculty of Education at Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional (USBI), Indonesia. With a theme of “Rethinking Curriculum for the 21st Century”, the conference is bringing together academics, school principals, teachers and policy makers to exchange ideas and practices for quality school curriculum, student education and teacher training.
Under discussion are many of the educational issues surrounding curriculum and instruction, such as curriculum reform politics and policies, curriculum leadership, educational change, teacher learning, assessment, instructional design, knowledge management and lifelong learning.
In his welcoming address, Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) of HKIEd, highlighted the importance of this 20-anniversary signature event, noting that "Hong Kong and HKIEd are experiencing a time of considerable change and facing great challenges in driving forward development for the new era, and nurturing quality education is the key to achieving world-class success.” He believed that the valuable input from participants in this conference will bring most positive impacts to schools and students, which will ultimately benefit all of our communities.
Professor David Coniam, Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at HKIEd and chairman of conference organising committee, thanked the three partner institutions for their support, and said that the conference would be critical for developing further cooperation and synergy between them.
Legislative Councilor (Educational Constituency) the Honourable Ip Kin-yuen also highlighted that "the impacts of political, social and technological changes on curriculum and instructional development, and how they should be reformed in order to adapt to changing environment and needs, have long been the subjects of debate among education workers, academics and policymakers. Bringing together experts and academics from all around the world, this conference provides an excellent platform for exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, with a view to fostering advancement of future education in the Asia-Pacific region”.
Sixteen paper sessions, four symposiums and three workshops will be held during the conference to address curriculum and educational change in Asian countries and cities.
Keynote presenters will include Professor John Elliott of the University of East Anglia, UK, Dr Norazah Nordin of UKM, Dr Rosalina Kristyanti, Dean of the Faculty of Education of USBI University, Indonesia, and Dr Zongyi Deng of the NIE, Singapore.
More conference details are available at http://www2.ied.edu.hk/ci/gcin2014/index.html