During October 21-24, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign successfully held the annual Global Education Symposium online. The Symposium is a four-day event with opportunities to engage with scholars from around the world, undertake professional development activities, participate in informal networking activities, and more! Nine master and doctoral students from the ECNU Department of Education attended the Symposium (including 4 international students majoring in education policy and school reform). Now, let’s hear their feelings about the meeting.
‘Through the Symposium, I further reflected on my research. For example, as a researcher, when carrying out qualitative research, I need to reflect on my position, because this will have an impact on the research conclusion. It also inspired me to pay attention to the small parts that are easily ignored in the research samples, and made me realize that I can't simply be satisfied with what seems to agree with my assumptions and presuppositions, but I should continue to explore the possible reasons behind it in the next exploration.’
‘I feel this is one of the best opportunities I have received to conduct and present my research. I understood the expectations of an international-level symposium. I was also able to learn from other researchers and contribute to the process of knowledge sharing at a global level. It was also a great opportunity to expand my network. Taking part in such global symposiums and conferences is one of the best benefits one can obtain by studying at East China Normal University.’
‘This October 2021 I had a chance to take part in the Global Education Symposium, hosted by Illinois College of Education. It covered a range of subtopics like resilience in schools, preparing students for a changing environment, citizenship in a global era, historical depth and context, and best practices in global education. It was a great experience to e-meet many of the education researchers across the globe, listen to their diverse presentations and learn some specifics of education from their backgrounds, as well as have a chance to work through abstract to presentation myself in a fast pace.’
‘In this conference, I had the opportunity to scrutinize other people’s work and be invited to pose technical questions to help shape and contribute to fellow participants’ works. In this way, participants are supposed to be prepared in having grounded and general knowledge about each presenter’s topic to be able to contribute significantly. What I sought to do was grasp the central idea, find lacunas and seek clarification of the presented ideas. It also gave me the opportunity read widely on the topics when the final outline was published, in order to fit in the conference discussions. In all, I was educated and exposed to a cluster of research methods and how ideas are presented with different philosophies through diverse perspectives.’
The Global Education Symposium is a four-day event with opportunities to engage with scholars from around the world, engage in professional development activities, and participate in informal networking activities. Conference themes include global education and policy, global migration and education, diversity in local and global contexts, research-based practice in schools, and adult and professional education.
Since 2018, ECNU has deepened cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both sides have selected teachers and students to participate in the exchange activities of international academic week organized in turn. In the future, the two sides will continue and strengthen exchanges and cooperation.
In 2019, Professor Nicholas C. burbles and Dr. Liuwei from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign led 8 students on a visit ECNU.
Author： Xu Xincheng
Editor: Li Mengjie