10th Biennial Conference: Manila

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The Comparative Education Society of Asia
10th Biennial Conference: Manila,  28th-30th January 2016

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Theme: Diversity in Educational Policy and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities
Host: Henry Sy Bldg., De La Salle University.

Educational policy and practice across Asia, as elsewhere, vary hugely both between and within different national settings. And policies and practices are experienced in diverse ways by various social groups – defined in terms of socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, religion or other dimensions of difference. What challenges, then, does diversity present for policymakers, educators and other social actors – and for comparativists trying to understand the history, politics and sociology of education? Or to what extent should the educational community think of diversity as a problem to be overcome, or a reality to be embraced?

These sorts of questions have preoccupied many scholars in the Comparative Education field in recent years. In particular, they relate to disputes between advocates and opponents of ‘World Systems Theory’ in its various forms. Proponents tend to argue that – for better or worse – diversity is being swept away by the rising tide of ‘globalization’. Critics, on the other hand, see diverse social realities as persistently subverting, refracting or otherwise transforming the impact of superficially homogenising forces – global or national.

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