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  Keynote speakers: Professor Allan Luke
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Allan Luke is Professor of Education at Queensland University of Technology. His published work on literacy and language, educational policy and sociology has appeared in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, The American Journal of Education, Australian Educational Researcher and other key journals. His latest book is Struggles Over Difference: Curriculum, Texts and Pedagogy in the Asia Pacific (State University of New York Press), which received the American Educational Research Association 2006 distinguished book award. He taught at James Cook from 1984-1995, and subsequently was Dean of Education at the University of Queensland, Deputy Director General of Education in Queensland and Chief Educational Advisor to the Minister. From 2002-2005 he was Foundation Dean of the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, the largest funded educational research Centre in the Asia/Pacific at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has received honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University, Canada and Rajabhat University Thailand and was named IBM/Bulletin Australian Educator of the Year in 2003, Gold Medal Recipient of the Australian College of Education in 2002. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Reading Association Hall of Fame in 2001

   
 

Abstract - Learning to Take Asia Seriously: An Insider/Outsider Story

Beyond current 'market' relationships - what will be the shape of the medium to long term future of Australian education in Asia? This talk is a narrative. It begins from 'inside' the Australian university system, describing the cultural and economic ideosyncracies, the educational challenges and contradictions of its move into Asia in the last decade. It then turns to describe how it looks, feels and sounds to senior educational managers and strategic planners in Asia. Throughout I'll build a 'composite case' rather than concentrate on single country or 'market'. The focus is on several contradictory push/pull effects in the various relationships of Australian/Asian educational institutions - where some significant and subtle 'role reversal' is already underway in flows of intellectual resources and capital, curricular knowledge and technical expertise. My argument is that serious, multidisciplinary educational research and theory on these changing relations will be needed to scope out and build ongoing and sustainable relations with Asian institutions. Many of the intellectual and institutional, cultural and scientific prospects are being obscured and hindered by ongoing push for expanded revenue flows and student markets by Australian universities.