7th Biennial Conference: Gwangju

Theme: Diversity, Co-existence and Challenge of Multicultural Education in Asian Countries

The 7th Comparative Education Society of Asia(CESA) Biennial Conference was held from November 11th(Thursday) to 13th(Saturday), 2010 at Gwangju National University of Education(GNUE) in South Korea. GNUE is located in the Gwangju Metropolitan City, which is well known as holly city of Korean democracy, South Western part of Korean Peninsular. For the latest information, please visit our website:
http://www.2010cesa.org
Date: November 11-13, 2010
Venue: Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE)
Host: Gwangju National University of Education, Comparative Education Society of Korea, Research
Center for Elementary School Culture
Co-sponsor: Korea Research Foundation, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Gwangju Metropolitan Education
Office, Jeonnam Education Office, Chunjai Education
Organizer: Organizing Committee of GNUE
Enquiries: Prof. Dr. Jeong Seon Lee, Conference Organizer, Co-president of CESA
e-mail: jslee@gnue.ac.kr
Phone: +82-62-520-4302
Fax: +82-62-520-4325
Address: Dept. of education, Gwangju National University of Education, 93 Pilmunro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, Metropolitan City, 500-703, South Korea

Purpose
The main topic of the 7th conference is “Diversity, Co-existence and Challenge of Multicultural Education in Asian Countries”, which is to provide an opportunity for professionals from Asian countries and all over the world to understand cultural diversity and to give them the way of coexistence through multicultural
education.
The topic was chosen mainly by the current situation of Korean society, recently becoming of a kind of multicultural country. As a result of influx of foreign laborers and the increase in interracial marriages, Korea has recently become a diverse society in terms of race, language, and culture. However, foreigners face a lot of difficulties with adaptation in the new environment, and various social and educational problems have
followed. These would be common in other Asian countries. Confronted with these situations, Asian countries have taken necessary actions, mainly focusing on multicultural education. However, the most important thing is to see the phenomenon with a balanced view of the two sides: immigrants and native people. For the immigrants, one of the alternatives is to adopt a policy of multiculturalism. Instead of one-sided assimilation, mutual adaptation, in which both sides adjust to
each other, is necessary. For native people, we need to provide the multicultural perspectives, too.
Students need to be educated as citizens of the Global Era: adequate recognition of international problems, global attitudes, equality, and democratic values; the overcoming of heterogeneity and mutual understanding and cooperation with different people. For mainstream people, education to shed such prejudices as racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, religious intolerance,
and xenophobia is also required.
As a result, we expect all people of different skin color, language, race, religion, age, sex, residency and class to live in harmony under the motto ““e pluribus unum”” (one consisting of many).
In this sense, we are expecting academics and professionals from various educational fields to come together and learn from each other. This conference is to provide a place for them to discuss these matters and to learn more from others.

Topic Areas
・Multicultural education in general
・Globalization and education
・Gender, sex, and race
・Indigenous education
・Identity and cultural diversity
・International understanding education
・Language education (bilingual education)
・Curriculum and instruction
・Special education
・School management and administration
・Student affairs
・Subject matter education
・Educational policies and reform
・Computer education
・Teacher education
・Elementary education
・Secondary education
・Higher education
・Theory and practice of comparative education
・Comparative research method (the topics will be re-organized later)

Further Information
Please visit our website at: http://www.2010cesa.org
Organizer:The 7th Comparative Education Society of Asia(CESA) Biennial Conference 2010
Dept. of Education Gwangju National University of Education,93 Pilmunro BuK-gu, Gwangju City, South Korea.