CFP: Philosophical perspectives on teacher education: East meets West
Deadline: Aug 30, 2017
Across the world, teacher education is in a state of flux. While in some countries, investment in teacher education continues apace, with particular reference to its academic dimension, in other countries it is being downsized and its academic dimension fragmented. Private tutoring, long used in Asian societies, is becoming a worldwide trend, alongside related movements of educational privatization and marketization. Yet it is unclear how soundly these trends are thought through and/or rooted in evidence in relation to various goals of education.
Anticipating the value of a philosophical contribution to thinking through such matters, the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) in association with the University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong are sponsoring a symposium to foster dialogue across cultural and theory-practice divides about the potential of philosophies of education positioned in both ‘Western’ and Confucian Heritage Cultures (CHCs). The focus of the dialogue would be thinking about ‘best’ teaching and teacher education practice in the future for the Asia-Pacific region.
We are looking for contributions under two headings:
1. Broad analysis of the role philosophy might play in teacher education from a range of perspectives.
2. Philosophical analysis of specific issues stemming from the question ‘What makes a good teacher?’
This could be concerned with professional/practitioner knowledge: e.g. what do good teachers need to know? Or pedagogy: e.g. by what means does professional/practitioner knowledge develop? What role does experience play in teacher formation? What knowledge do those who teach teachers need to have? Is it distinctive to the role of the teacher educator?
Contributions might also be made on the theme of the role that values play in the development of teachers’ professional knowledge: e.g. What values ought teachers to acquire and by what means?
Small, informal and organised to promote a collegial and mutually supportive environment, the symposium will involve whole-group discussions of previously circulated papers in addition to a small number of keynote and other presentations. Participants will remain together in conversation for the duration with no parallel sessions.
A post-symposium publication of 5-8 contributions is envisaged. The main cost of the event will be borne by the sponsoring bodies with most meals provided.
Accommodation and some travel expenses may also be reimbursed at a subsidised rate for some participants.
Submitting your proposal
Abstracts should include a title and detail the question or questions as well as the particular philosophical and cultural perspective driving the paper’sargument.
Works in progress and proposals for workshops and presentations with alternative formats are also most welcomed.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation and a contact email address at the bottom of the abstract.
Proposers will be notified of decisions by 30th September 2017.
Draft 2000-word papers will need to be submitted by 1st November 2017 so they can be read by participants in advance of the symposium itself and in order to maximise discussion time.
We hope very much that you will be able to join us in Hong Kong in November and look forward to hearing from you.
With best wishes,
The Symposium Committee
Dr Liz Jackson, University of Hong Kong (Chair)
Dr Shu Fun Fung, Education University of Hong Kong Dr Raymond Kong, Education University of Hong Kong Dr Janet Orchard, University of Bristol