(Column 2) The East Asian Network in the Sociology of Education
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Sociologists of education in East Asia have a long past in making personal communications and informal networks but a relatively short history in making regular contacts and formal exchanges in organizational contexts internationally. This column focuses on the cross-cultural networking endeavors commenced since the first decade of the twenty-first century by some members of the region, namely, Mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan. The author goes along with the official documents of the “sociology of education” (or educational sociology) organizations in these countries or areas, including conference programs, meeting minutes, newsletters, online messages, and so on, to delineate the current accomplishments in instituting a sociology of education community in East Asia. As far as the future development is concerned, issues about how to enhance the community’s vitality are discussed in the final part, such as involving Korea, Hong Kong, and other members of East Asia, encouraging younger generation, female scholars, and those who of sociology backgrounds to participate more and promoting international collaborative studies.
KeywordsSociology of education East Asia Network building Exchange program
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