China Conference 2013

Alliance for International Education

Venue: Yew Chung International School of Beijing China

Conference theme:  Plainly International                     

The fourth gathering of the Alliance for International Education - China Chapter took place in Beijing, China on December 6, 7, 8  2013.  The conference theme “Plainly International” focused on more down-to-earth practical issues that arise in cross-cultural international education.

Mr Norm Dean of the International AIE Board of Trustees, Mr Mo Jing Qi of the Ministry of Education, and Professor Nirmala Rao of the Hong Kong University addressed the fourth bi-annual AIE China Chapter 2013 conference in Beijing, Dec. 6, 7, 8.

The conference theme “Plainly International” generated many conversations and questions about what international education is all about and how do we reflect internationalism, international concepts and perspectives in the business and professional community and in the teaching/learning strategies in the education community from early childhood, kindergarten, primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

Mike Izzard and Martha Ross, co-authors of “Plainly International”, gave a presentation on developing the practical and positive, and Professor Nirmala Rao shared latest findings on a UNICEF project for the development and validation of the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS). Three workshops and a youth forum looked at “Plainly International” from different perspectives: “Arts and the International”, “Visions of Learning in an International Way”, and “Organizing Learning in Classrooms”. The youth forum, which has been a popular session in past conferences brought students from local schools with a Chinese national curriculum as well as those with an international curriculum, and included university students from Tsinghua and Peking universities. Our theme grew out of the last conference in Nanshan, Shenzhen when we started conversations on learning spaces and the architecture of learning. This conference continued to explore the contexts and signposts for developing international mindedness in a practical way for building a global society.
Within the workshops participants presented papers based on the themes emanating from the conference and workshop topics. 

Alliance for International Education  -  Statement of Purpose
The Alliance for International Education brings together all those who are committed to advancing international and intercultural understanding through education. It promotes collaborative ventures that enhance the learning of relevant concepts, skills and values.

Conference Summary - Norm Dean

AIE China Bejing 2013

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