Date(s) - 24/04/2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Asia as Method” in Education Studies: Two Cases
Presenter: Dr. Hongzhi Zhang, Mr. Philip Chan & Ms. Yujia Wang (Faculty of Education)
Discussant: A/Professor Mark Gibson (School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies)
It is an indisputable fact that the western academic discourses play a dominant role in the research of social science. It is a common phenomenon that most researchers outside the Western culture usually utilize western concepts and theories to interpret the socio-political issues in local contexts. The global north has been the centre of knowledge production in social science and the role of ‘Southern theory’ has been the world periphery. Inspired by Chen’s work on ‘Asia as method’, the purpose of this paper is to provide an alternative perspective to rethink educational research in China and Chinese community in Australia. Through rediscovering the traditional culture and local wisdom, we attempt to establish an arena to dialogue with western academic discourse in educational research. This presentation goes deep into the practical operational level to show the explanatory power of Asia as method by utilizing two different research cases in the field of education: (1) the role of network governance in formulating and implementing Chinese education policy, and (2) interpreting ‘Australian education’—a case study of Chinese international students in an independent school.