Competition, Competence and Educational Reinstitutionalization in Confucian Cultural Countries

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 47 (Main Building)
RC04 Sociology of Education (host committee)

Language: English

To face the challenge of competition in a global world, the need for the creation of competence based on the developmental characteristics of knowledge society or knowledge economy is underscored by educational reform policies in many countries. Key (or core) competence has been used as a legitimization concept for discourses and policies in the reinstitutionalization of schooling, educational knowledge, curricula and pedagogies, assessment and evaluation, school governance, and so on. New educational proposals in the geo-cultural regions of East and South Asia, just like those of their Western counterparts, see nothing but good benefits (e.g. greater material progress and access opportunities) accruing from the evolving global economy and the concomitant global market place.
The tendency to raise competition and to build competence, however, stimulates growth and prosperity on the one hand, but strains and fragments the traditional social order based on Confucian values and ethics on the other. This session, therefore, invites discussions concerning the controversial issues over the global “competition and competence” theme of the reinstitutionalization of education systems in Asian Confucian cultural countries.
Session Organizers:
Feng-Jihu LEE, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan and Jason Chien-chen CHANG, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
A Review of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the United States and Its Relevance in Taiwan
(Kent) Sheng Yao CHENG, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan; W. James JACOB, University of Pittsburgh, USA