The Third International Conference of the AQIA



Conference Theme:

Beyond Finnish Education:

South Korean/East Asian Initiatives on Teacher Education and Pedagogical Practices as new International Discourse





Theme 1: Teacher Education and Pedagogical Practices in Asia


  Internationally, the models and methods of teacher education in Finland and the United States are recognized and taught as models for teacher education, training, and pedagogy in many countries worldwide. However, recent research, influenced by postcolonial and multicultural theories, suggests that traditional indigenous models of teacher education in countries like Korea and Japan are more suitable and superior for this region than Western teacher education models. In light of this, this conference aims to provide an opportunity to introduce and explore the traditions and methods of teacher education and training in Korea and other Asian countries and regions. Through this, it examines what constitutes Asian, non-Western, or cross-cultural forms of teacher education and pedagogical practices, moving beyond the uncritical acceptance of Western-centric models. The conference hopes to attract the attention of scholars researching models and practices of teacher education and educational strategies in Asia, including K-12 education and various models and practices in higher education. The sub-themes for this conference are as follows:


Reassessing Pedagogical Traditions in Asia - This theme invites research on the   historical   development and contemporary practice of teacher education in   countries like Korea and Japan, highlighting their unique characteristics and   effectiveness compared to Western models.


Postcolonial Perspectives in Educational Practice - This area seeks papers that explore   the impact of postcolonial theory on educational practices in Asia, examining   how indigenous pedagogies align with or diverge from Western educational   models.


Postcolonial Perspectives in Educational Practice - This area seeks papers that explore   the impact of postcolonial theory on educational practices in Asia, examining   how indigenous pedagogies align with or diverge from Western educational   models.

Multiculturalism and Diversity in Asian Teacher Education - This theme encourages   contributions that address the role of multiculturalism and diversity within Asian educational systems, focusing on how these elements are integrated into teacher training and classroom practices and bringing forth comparative studies between Western (especially Finnish and American) and Asian   approaches to teacher education

Innovations in Pedagogical Strategies in Asian K-12 and Higher Education - This theme seeks papers on innovative teaching strategies and educational practices in K-12 and higher education settings across Asia, particularly those that   present a clear divergence from or integration with Western educational   practices.

Theme 2: Qualitative and Cultural Research in Asia


We also welcome research to advance the realm of qualitative research with a focus on various aspects of Asian contexts. This conference is dedicated to fostering an environment where scholars, researchers, and practitioners can thoroughly examine and discuss theoretical, methodological, and empirical research rooted in Asian experiences and perspectives. AQIA's mission underscores a commitment to developing and promoting qualitative inquiry that resonates with the unique historical, philosophical, and cultural landscapes of Asia. In this endeavor, the conference invites a broad spectrum of research topics, each intertwining with the others to present a multifaceted view of Asia's past, present, and future.


Asian History, Philosophy, and Values: This theme encourages exploration into the rich tapestry of Asian history and the diverse philosophical underpinnings that have shaped Asian societies. It seeks to understand how traditional values continue to influence contemporary life in Asia.
Asian Life, Culture, and Ethnography: This area focuses on the everyday experiences of people living in Asia, capturing the essence of Asian cultures through detailed ethnographic studies. It aims to provide insights into the social fabric and cultural practices that are distinctly Asian.
Children, Family, and Development in Asia: This topic addresses the dynamics of family life and the development of children within various Asian contexts. It explores how familial and social structures impact child development and education.
Schooling, Shadow Education, Trans-boundary Learning Culture: Here, the focus is on educational systems in Asia, including formal schooling and the phenomenon of shadow education. It examines how education transcends boundaries, both within and beyond Asia, shaping learning cultures.
Migration, Multiculturalism, and Changing Identities in Asia: This theme delves into the complexities of migration and its impact on cultural identities in Asia. It explores how multiculturalism is reshaping societies and individual identities within the continent.

Women, Race, and Subaltern Studies: This area focuses on issues of gender, race, and the experiences of marginalized groups in Asian societies. It seeks to highlight the voices and experiences of those often overlooked in mainstream discourse.

Asian I and Autoethnography: Emphasizing personal narratives and self-reflection, this topic encourages researchers to explore their own identities and experiences within the context of Asian cultures, using autoethnographic methods.
Fieldwork, Representation, and Politics of Writing: This area critically examines the methodologies, challenges, and ethical considerations inherent in conducting and representing qualitative research in Asia.
Ethnic Studies, Post-Orientalism, and Post-Western Research: This theme invites a critical examination of ethnic diversity in Asia, challenging orientalist perspectives and advocating for a post-Western approach to research.



Conference Date: October 18-19, 2024

Venue: Chinju National University of Education, Jinju-si, South Korea