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2021 annual conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong

As a co-sponsor of the 2021 annual conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong, CERC welcomes comparative education researchers from around the world. The greeting message from Dr. Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko, CERC Director can be watched below.

This year’s theme is “Geopolitics of Knowledge and Education Policy”. The schedule and registration details are available at https://sites.google.com/view/ceshk-conference-2021/home (Zoom links embedded). You can still sign up!

Shadow Education SIG on Zoom, 18 November 2020

The Shadow Education SIG members met virtually on November 18, 2020 to listen to a presentation by Mr Li Jun, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, HKU.

Li Jun’s presentation was entitled: “Lessons from the Fieldwork: Researching Private Tutoring Entrepreneurs in the Context of Chongqing, China”

The SIG was well attended by current and new members.

Shadow Education SIG meeting, 30 October 2020

Dr Achala Gupta, a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey in the UK, made a virtual presentation for the Shadow Education SIG on October 27. The presentation title was: “Teacher-entrepreneurialism: a case of teacher identity formation in neoliberalizing education space in contemporary India.” The presentation was based on an article, published in Critical Studies in Education –DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2019.1708765

The SIG’s was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze and well-attended by SIG’s previous, current and new members.

Shadow Education SIG Meeting, 20 July 2020

Three of our MEd students presented at the virtual Shadow Education SIG on July 20.

Sissy Chen’s presentation title was “Parental Perspective on Private Tutoring in TOEFL and SAT in Chengdu, China”. Andrey Khojeev focused on “University Teachers as Private Tutors: Towards Multiple Professional Identities in Uzbekistan”, and finally, Eric Dong spoke about “Researching the shadows: Design and key findings of a systematic literature review on mainland Chinese private supplementary tutoring (2000–2019)”.

The SIG was well attended by regular members and guests. Please wish our MEd students all the best in writing up their dissertations.

This was the final SIG in this semester.

It will come back in September with next topics, speakers and guests. Have a great summer!

Shadow Education SIG Meeting, 14 July 2020

On July 14th, the Shadow Education SIG members gathered virtually to listen to a presentation by a PhD candidate Ms Pubali Ghosh. The presentation title was: “The influence of macrosystem interactions on the construction of private tutoring decisions among senior secondary students in West Bengal, India.”

The SIG was joined by Prof Mark Bray from HKU, Dr Steve Entrich from University of Potsdam, Dr Dr Siyuan Feng from HKU, Hugo Horta from HKU, Dr Achala Gupta from UCL IoE, and Dr Kevin Yung from the EDuHK, graduate students and many of SIG’s current and previous members. The SIG was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze from HKU.

During the meeting, the SIG members had an opportunity to ask questions and comment on Pubali’s ongoing longitudinal study on private tutoring in West Bengal, and provided her with critical and constructive feedback.

The SIG serves as a support group for graduate students and young scholars interested in shadow education and privatization of education broadly speaking. If you’d like to become a member of the SIG, please let us know.

 

 

Shadow Education SIG meeting, 30 June 2020

Ms Shalini Bhorkar, a 3rd-year PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of Education, made a virtual presentation for the Shadow Education SIG on June 30. The title of presentation was: “Power, interests and ideas: A disaggregated theoretical approach for political economy analysis of private tutoring in Maharashtra state, India.”

The SIG was joined by Prof Mark Bray from HKU, Dr Will Brehm from UCL IoE, Dr Siyuan Feng from HKU, Dr Achala Gupta from UCL IoE, Dr Rafsan Mahmud from Open University Bangladesh, Dr Vít Šťastný From Charles University Prague and Dr Kevin Yung from the Education University of Hong Kong.

Many SIG’s current and previous members joined the meeting. It was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze from HKU.

Shadow Education SIG members gathered virtually via Zoom on May 19, 2020

Shadow Education SIG members gathered virtually via Zoom on May 19, 2020 to listen to a presentation by Dr Vít Šťastný (Institute for Research and Development of Education, Faculty of Education, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic). The topic of the presentation was “Mainstream Schools as Shadow Education Providers in the Czech Republic.”

The SIG was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze from HKU and well attended by SIG members as well as guests from various locations.

The Shadow Education SIG members met virtually on 12 May, 2020 at 3:00 pm HKT.

Peter Suante (a PhD candidate at HKU) made a power point presentation on his experiences of field research in Myanmar. The title of Peter’s presentation was: Reflections on Private Tuition Field Research in Myanmar. Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze facilitated the meeting. Prof Mark Bray, Dr Ora Kwo, Dr Kevin Yung, Dr Zhang Wei, Dr Vít Šťastný, Dr Rafsan Mahmud attended the meeting together with many current PhD and MEd students, as well as past members of the SIG connecting from different parts of the world.

Panel Discussion: Gender/Diversity/Democracy: Political Activism and Higher Education in Hong Kong

Panelists: Liz Jackson (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU), Gina Marchetti (Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU), William Hayward (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU), Brenda Alegre (Lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, HKU)

 

This panel focuses on the particular challenges women and minorities face in participating in political life in Hong Kong. Panelists offer insights into the role scholars play in understanding the relationship between gender and diversity within Hong Kong’s political culture of protest and activism.

 

Date: 9 September, 2019 (Monday)

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: 4.36, 4/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

 

Background reading: Liz Jackson, “Battle for Hong Kong reverberates in universities worldwide,” University World News, 18 August 2019

 

All are welcome.

 

For enquiries, please contact Christine Vicera at viceracn@hku.hk

 

 

 

 

Experiences of Non-Local Research Postgraduate Students at HKU Teaching Development Grant Report

Team: Dr Liz Jackson, Faculty of Education, Dr Lucy Jordan, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ms Yulia Nesterova, Education, Dr Gizem Arat, Social Sciences & Dr Zhou Xiaochen, Social Sciences.

Respondent: Prof Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director, Common Core Curriculum

The University of Hong Kong attracts research students from around the world due to its international outlook, unique sociocultural and economic position, and innovative practices. Internationalization and the resulting diverse body of students, however, pose challenges in terms of curriculum, teaching, learning environments, supervision, and other activities. Little is known about the experiences of non-local (Mainland Chinese and overseas) research postgraduate students. This Teaching Development Grant project examined the experiences of non-local students at HKU, incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods in an exploratory sequential research design. The project aims to develop recommendations for on-campus activities to enrich students’ experiences and improve the multicultural community at the University.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 13:45
Venue: Room 5.33, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus