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Conference on multiculturalism perspectives

To celebrate Australian, Canadian and Chinese innovation in the field of multiculturalism, as well as propose dialogue to offer ideas for the future, this Faculty of Education and Social Work is proposing a conference on November 21 and 22, 2011, where scholars can explore:

  • inclusive practices in multicultural contexts

  • social justice and equity in educational and social service offerings in our two contexts

  • issues in language offerings in our three contexts

  • how systems' and governments' policies impede or enhance each

  • society's ability to offer multiculturally inclusive opportunities

  • forge partnerships and relationships across cultures and societies.

The Call for Papers has been published, with a deadline of August 20. Members and friends of the China Education Centre are especially invited to submit a proposal.

Faculty may offer a certificate course in teaching Chinese language

The China Education Centre is investigating whether sufficient demand exists among the community of Chinese-language teachers in Sydney to develop a postgraduate-certificate in teaching Chinese as a second language. An online survey, taking only a few minutes, is available for registering interest in and offering opinions about the possible methods of delivery and content of such a course.

Chinese Language Day

Saturday, April 16, 9am–4pm

The CEC Language Day is designed for all teachers of Chinese in New South Wales. It will provide opportunities for learning about:

  • the latest developments in Chinese language curriculum and pedagogy

  • the Chinese Language Proficiency Test

  • teaching Chinese as a Community Language

  • networking to develop career opportunities

  • the latest materials in teaching Chinese.

A bookstall will offer the latest materials for teaching Chinese. Entertainment and cultural performances will be provided by a local group. Language Day is allows teachers of Chinese to interact with experts in many of the fields of Chinese language education.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion and question-and-answer session. Participants will be a mix of government and independent school teachers, private tutors, Saturday school teachers and pre-service teachers. Morning and afternoon teas will be included in registration. A certificate of attendance will be available on request for those participants registering before 12 April.

Venue: Education Building A35, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, 2006

CEC welcomes Kang Changyun as co-director

Kang Changyun

Dr Kang Changyun, a professor in the School of Education at Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai Campus, has accepted the post of co-director of the China Education Centre, as Dr Lindy Woodrow's counterpart in China.

Dr Kang has more than 10 years' experience teaching and researching at Beijing Normal University (BNU), where he has organised and facilitated a number of national-level research projects. He spent five years studying and working at University of British Colombia, Canada.

Dr Kang's broad international perspective has been nurtured by this experience. Accepting the appointment, Dr Kang said he is committed to his identity as a transcultural educational researcher and international project initiator. He is a strong advocate for international collaboration and the mobilisation of teacher knowledge and wisdom. His research interests include teacher research, curriculum reform, teaching and learning, portfolio assessment and science-museum learning.

Dr Kang has published more than 40 academic articles, books and book chapters. He has co-supervised a number of PhD and master-level students. His recent research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada, focused on the teaching practice in three educational contexts – China, Canada and Australia – with the intention of developing a comprehensive model of student and teacher learning drawing upon ‘complexity theory’. This will lead to viable and sustainable models of teacher professional development by exploring the nature of professional knowledge and how it is represented and communicated to others.

Dr Kang said he was particularly interested in researching links between western culture and educational research and Chinese traditional wisdom and current school practice in China.

Nanjing University postgraduate summer school

As in past years, Nanjing University will be hosting a postgraduate research students summer school. Students from the University of Sydney have participated in the previous two summer schools. The program, which will take place from June 16–30, is jointly sponsored by Harvard University and the University of Sydney. The CEC will support postgraduate research students who wish to attend. Application forms and further details are available by clicking on the links below. Applications for the summer school must be emailed to .

Applications close 25 February 2011.

Further information (pdf, 94kB) | Application form (Word, 66kB)

Film night

On September 23 at 6.30pm, the China Education Centre and the Confucius Institute will host a showing of the film Autumn Gem and discussion with the filmmakers.

Autumn Gem explores the extraordinary life of modern China's first feminist Qiu Jin (1875–1907). An accomplished writer, women's rights activist, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising to overthrow the Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed.

The hour-long film includes interviews with scholars, archival materials, and dramatic recreations of scenes based on Qiu Jin's original writings. It was produced and directed by San Francisco Bay Area Chinese American filmmakers Rae Chang and Adam Tow.

Autumn Gem

Congratulations to Nan Lu and Xuelai Jia

Hearty congratulations go to these two students in the faculty who have recently completed their degrees. Nan Lu, who was supervised by Dr Fran Waugh, has completed his MPhil. His thesis title is ‘Views from adulthood: a qualitative study of left-behind children in rural eastern China’.

Xualai Jia, who was supervised by Dr Hui Zhong Shen, has completed her PhD. Her thesis title is: ‘Perceptions, practices and contexts: self-construction and the transformation of English teachers from a North Eastern Chinese university’.

The China Education Centre wishes these two students good luck in their future ventures.