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About EQUIS 2018

Welcome to the 5th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice, which is being held on Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Hotel Clio Court Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan. EQUIS 2018 is being organized in partnership with the 3rd International Conference on the Globalization of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (G-SLATE 2018).

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About EQUIS 2018

Across Asia – and indeed, around the world—the age of globalization is having both positive and negative impacts on education systems and no-where is this more evident than on the right to education and access to quality education. We as educators have a moral obligation to ensure that we support the learning of the whole student and that we provide a safe, humane and caring learning environment.

We must also consider the danger of placing too much emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests. For example, both Korea and China added English to their mandatory curriculum more than twenty years ago; however, Japan, with its declining birthrate and stagnant economy, foresees high-stakes tests such as TOEIC and TOEFL as potentials keys to maintaining a competitive edge into the 21st century and has thus added English to the formal curriculum for primary school students from 2020.

Most importantly, though, educators must actively empower students and promote social justice in education because inequality in any classroom, in any school is a social injustice. The ‘right to education’ and the effort to build an equitable education system and learning environment will never be possible as long as students are not allowed to achieve their full potential.

What does it mean to be educated? How can we ensure the right to education? How can schools promote social justice in education? How can other areas disciplines, such as English, math, science, history, art, literature and social studies promote social justice educational theory and practice? How are high-stakes standardized tests affecting recruiters, administrators, teachers and students in your school? How are high-stakes standardized tests forcing you to change your curriculum and teaching?

With the theme of Social Justice in Education, EQUIS 2018 invites proposals from students, teachers, educational leaders, activists, organizers, and all people concerned with advancing the movement for social justice.

Final Deadline for Submissions: we welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, July 13, 2018 on any of the following EQUIS 2018 streams:

EQUIS 2018 Submission Application

EQUIS 2018 Streams

  • Aging and Population
  • Children and Youth
  • Distance and Open Education
  • Education Administration and Counseling
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Education, Curriculum and Research
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Human Rights Education
  • Health, Sex and Physical Education
  • Higher Education and Further Education
  • Language Education
  • Math and Science Education
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

EQUIS 2018 will focus on the intersections between education and social justice. It will be an ideal event for educators, academics, researchers, students, non-profit and non-governmental professionals, social workers and human rights activists.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

The program committee supports the review and editorial committees, such as assigning submissions to be reviewed, inviting featured speakers, nominating papers for awards, reviewing applications for scholarships, preparing acceptance and invitation letters and other ad hoc tasks. In addition, this committee is responsible for the onsite management of the event.

Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Takayuki Yamada
Chairperson,
INTESDA, Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2017 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Michael Sasaoka
Program Director, INTESDA,
Japan

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Harry-Carley-73x85Featured Speaker
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech,
English Department, School of Humanities,
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Review and Editorial Committee

  • Hui Yueh Hsieh, Ph.D., Visual Communication Design, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Lucas Kohnke, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • James Harry Morris, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Susan Oguro, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Judith Britt McNeely, Ph.D., Writing/Literature, Collegiate Traveling Faculty, University of Maryland University College, Japan