The Comparative and International Education Research Network uses innovative methodologies in cross-cultural research, critical policy studies, critical discourse analysis, and postcolonial critique to investigate issues relating to education. We provide a collaborative space for research partnerships, encourage interdisciplinary connections and hold joint activities.
Our work represents a wide geopolitical reach encompassing nations Asia and the Pacific – including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Vanuatu – as well as Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.
We have strong ties to other Australian and international research institutions. Our members engage in pragmatic and policy-oriented work, including building partnerships with numerous government and non-government agencies. We investigate the effects of policy in practice and the practicalities of cross-cultural education.
The network has three main aims:
The network comprises a number of academics from the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work, as well as external academics and higher degree research students.
30 March 2017
Demonstrating how digital education aids can reproduce rather than reduce educational inequalities in low-income countries.
Keynote speaker: Dr Donella Cobb, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
12 April 2017
Unpacking changing white identity and the defence of whiteness in higher education and American society, along with equity advocacy for Asian Australians and Asian Americans.
10 May 2017
Contending that the primary reason for mathematical prowess in East Asian students is the cultural inculcation that impels them to value achievement and nurture the will to excel.
Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah, The University of Melbourne
7 June 2017
Discussing the rise of international expertise within American universities and colleges in the 1920s and its relationship to the expanding networks of diplomacy, capital and conquest.
Keynote speaker: Dr Tamson Pietsch, University of Technology, Sydney
6 July 2017
Exploring how to produce a broader and more diverse range of information about schools (beyond standardised test scores), a model that may be adopted in the US.
Keynote speaker: Assistant Professor Jack Schneider, College of the Holy Cross, US
3 August 2017
Analysing food and nutrition signs/texts around two Indonesian school communities to judge impact on school-age children who need to learn about good food and nutrition.
Keynote speaker: Professor Lesley Harbon, University of Technology Sydney
4 August 2017
Revealing previously under-reported data about effective ways to resist homophobia and transphobia in Catholic schools, and empowering sexual and gender minorities.
Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Tonya Callaghan, University of Calgary, Canada