Dr. Jae Park, Assistant Professor of IELL delivered a plenary keynote in the International Research Symposium “Other Ways of Knowing and Doing: Globalizing Social Science Knowledge in Higher Education,” which took place in New Delhi, India on 11-12 December 2017. The conference was organized and supported by The Centre for the Comparative and Global Education (CCGE), O.P. Jindal Global University, India Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES), Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES), World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), and UNESCO-Chair for Communitybased Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.
In his keynote titled “Possibility of an Asian research paradigm and its problems,” Dr. Park reflected on the fact that the majority of research done in education and its subfields, comparative education inclusive, cannot free itself of Western scientific methods. Both qualitative and quantitative empirical studies need to inextricably follow the prototypical sequence of hypothesis, thesis and synthesis that should be drawn from observed evidence or experiment.
He suggested that "there are few ways in which we Asian researchers can make our claims without any Western scientific paradigms and techniques. This presentation will discuss rather loosely and informally some of these non-empirical methods in order to explore Asian realties with an Asian outlook. Humanities with its branches such as poetry, essays, logics, axiology, hermeneutics and philosophy, seem to be a possible alternative."
In the same Symposium, Dr. Tamara Savelyeva presented a paper and participated in a research workshop Decolonizing Pedagogies. The event promoted the results of her two-year study on sustainability consciousness of Hong Kong graduates, which has been funded by the Early Career Scheme of University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.