UNESCO is pleased to announce the co-publication with CERC of Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications, by Mark Bray, Nutsa Kobakhidze and Ora Kwo.
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.
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.
CERC is pleased to announce the co-publication with UNESCO of the book entitled Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications.
The book, written by Mark Bray, Magda Nutsa Kobakhidze and Ora Kwo, presents the first detailed empirical study in Myanmar of a phenomenon that is of increasing visibility and significance in high-, medium- and low-income countries across the world. Private supplementary tutoring is widely called shadow education because it reflects curriculum changes in schools.
The study results from a partnership with the UNESCO office in Yangon and with colleagues from the Yangon University of Education (YUOE). Among the students sampled for this study, over 80% were receiving shadow education; and among the teachers sampled, nearly half were providers. Other tutoring was received from informal providers and through registered companies.
The study exposes the significance of this phenomenon for the lives of students, the work of teachers, and the broader society. It has far-reaching implications for the educational reforms on which the Myanmar government has embarked. The study also has much of interest for international comparative analysis.
The book is available for free download HERE(M13-Jun2020-whole), and paper copies may be acquired from the CERC office with a small charge to cover mailing costs (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Global Higher Education Bulletin (Hong Kong)
Vol. 3, No. 1 November 4, 2019
Editor: Anatoly Oleksiyenko
Greetings from Hong Kong!
The first semester of the current academic year has been turbulent in the city. Nevertheless, we persevered to make our program professionally magnetic and engaging on many important issues related to social, political and educational dilemmas in Hong Kong and beyond. Our Higher Education cohort this year includes students from China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA, and we are excited to have them collaboratively contributing to higher learning in the community (tonight, four teams will be making their final presentations in the Comparative Higher Education Policy Studies course on stakeholder perceptions of (dis)advantages within a selection of higher education systems, and if you are interested to attend send me your email). Meanwhile, our former MEd graduate Mr. Stone Li Xiaoshi joined our PhD student cohort in September and is working now under supervision of Dr. Jisun Jung. We are happy to have him as part of our research team. We also know that a good number of our alumni are preparing PhD and EdD proposal submissions these days (deadlines December 2, 2019 and February 13, 2020 respectively). We wish them all good luck.
Also, we have been privileged to host international visitors who continue to contribute to our projects of inquiry and learning in higher education. Among others, it was a pleasure to see on our campus Dr. Michael Lanford, 2010-11 class, who is now Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia in the US. We are awaiting more visits from friends and colleagues in the future, and here are some current updates from us:
1. On Nov 7, 2019, Dr. Riyad Shahjahan from Michigan State University will speak “On ‘Being for Others’: Time and Shame in the Neoliberal Academy”. This talk will be held at 12:45-14:00 in Runme Shaw Building, Room 204.
2. On Nov 11, 2019, Dr. Yangson Kim and Dr. Machi Sato from Hiroshima University will make presentation on “Exploring Academics in Socio-cultural Contexts: Focusing on Experiences and Challenges of Junior Female Academics (JFAs) in Japanese Universities”. This talk will take place at 12:45-14:00 in Runme Shaw Building, Room 205.
3. You can also connect with these visitors as well as with other colleagues (e.g., Dr. Ryan Allen, Prof. Simon Marginson, Prof. Joshua Mok Ka-Ho, Dr. Anna Lin, Dr. William Lo Yat Wai, Prof. Adam Nelson, Prof. Deane Neubauer, Prof. Rui Yang, and others) at the upcoming Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER), held on Nov 8-10, 2019 at Lingnan University. Our Faculty’s community members: Ms. Cathy Huang, Dr. Jisun Jung, and Dr. Anatoly Oleksiyenko will also speak there at the end of the week. More information can be found under this link: https://cher-hongkong.iafor.org/cher-hongkong2019/
4. Our colleagues from the Comparative Education Research Centre (Dr. Liz Jackson and her team) are moving forward with preparation of the 49th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). HKU will host this conference on December 7-11, 2019. “Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West” will address a range of challenges in higher learning and education in general. If you are keen to understand the complexity of contextual interpretations in the following conference themes: truth and harmony, individual rights and social responsibility, analytical and holistic thinking, wisdom and knowledge, contemplation and action, reason and reality, transformation and Ideology, self and others, freedom and community, you should explore more about this conference at https://pesa.org.au/conference
Meanwhile, if you are an avid reader in the field of higher education, we would recommend the following most recent publications from our community (June-October 2019):
Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Academic Collaborations in the Global Marketplace. Cham: Springer.
Postiglione, G. (2019). Education, Ethnicity, Society and Global Change In Asia: The Selected Works Of Gerard A. Postiglione. Routledge: New York and London.
Winstone, N., & Carless, D. (2019). Designing effective feedback processes in higher education: A learning-focused approach. Routledge. (Dr. Carless recently hosted a great book presentation).
Carless, D. (2019). Feedback loops and the longer-term: towards feedback spirals. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 44(5), 705-714.
Carless, D. (2019). Learners’ Feedback Literacy and the Longer Term: Developing Capacity for Impact. In The Impact of Feedback in Higher Education (pp. 51-65). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
Chian, M. M. , Bridges, S. M. , & Lo, E. C. (2019). The Triple Jump in Problem-Based Learning: Unpacking Principles and Practices in Designing Assessment for Curriculum Alignment. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 13(2).
Horta, H., Jung, J., Zhang, L. F., & Postiglione, G. A. (2019). Academics’ job-related stress and institutional commitment in Hong Kong universities. Tertiary Education and Management, 1-22.
Horta, H., & Shen, W. (2019). Current and future challenges of the Chinese research system. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 1-21.
Jackson, L. (2019). Protesting the identity of Hong Kong: The burdened virtues of contemporary ‘pretty’ nationalism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2019.1637730
Jackson, L., & Muñoz‐García, A. L. (2019). Reaction Is Not Enough: Decreasing Gendered Harassment in Academic Contexts in Chile, Hong Kong, and the United States. Educational Theory, 69(1), 17-33.
Jung, J. (2019). The fourth industrial revolution, knowledge production and higher education in South Korea. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 1-23.
Jung, J. (2019). Learning experience and academic identity building by master’s students in Hong Kong. Studies in Higher Education, 1-14.
Lin, C., & Jackson, L. (2019). Multiculturalism in Chinese history in Hong Kong: constructing Chinese identity. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 39(2), 209-221.
Manning, K., Kushnazarov, M., & Oleksiyenko, A. (2019). Contested Meanings of International Student Mobility in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Educational Practice and Theory, 41(1), 51-69.
Oleksiyenko, A., & Ros, V. (2019). Cambodian lecturers’ pursuit of academic excellence: expectations vs. reality. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 39(2), 222-236.
Postiglione, G., & Tang, M. (2019). International experience in TVET-industry cooperation for China’s poorest province. International Journal of Training Research, 17(sup1), 131-143.
Postiglione, G. A. (2020). International Cooperation in East Asian Higher Education. In Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions (pp. 31-39). Cham: Springer.
Please stay in touch and send us your updates to share privately or in the network.
The Shadow Education SIG members gathered again on 23 October, Wednesday, at 3:30 pm in RMS 403, HKU. The SIG had two speakers: Feng Suyuan (a PhD student) presented on “Brokers Behind the International University Admission: An Investigation on Education Agents in China” and Wang Haoxian (a guest speaker from Fudan University, China) presented on “The Impact of China’s New Private Education Policy: Observations from the Private Tutoring Industry”.
The SIG was chaired by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze and joined by Dr Hugo Horta from HKU and Dr Kevin Yung from the Education University of Hong Kong.
“The Shadow Education SIG members met on October 2, 2019 to listen to a presentation by a PhD student Pubali Ghosh on “Secondary students’ decision-making on private tutoring in West Bengal, India. The SIG was moderated by Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze and well attended by the current PhD and MEd students. Dr Kevin Yung from the Education University of Hong Kong joined the meeting”.