The 4th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice

The KKR Hotel
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 1-3, 2017

Hiroshima, Japan

EQUIS 2017 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 1-3, 2017

Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, August 11, 2017

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The 4th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2017)»

Welcome to the 4th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice, which is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 1-3, 2017 at the KKR Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. All registered participants will be provided with a welcome reception, daily coffee breaks, access to the proceedings and a free, English guided tour of Hiroshima Peace Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is an international, peer-reviewed event that is being held in partnership with two other small events focusing on aspects of globalization: The 3rd Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA 2017); and The 2nd International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia (SYGMA 2017).

About EQUIS 2017

Across Asia – and indeed, around the world—the age of globalization is having both positive and negative impacts on education systems and no-where is this more evident than on the right to education and access to quality education. We as educators have a moral obligation to ensure that we support the learning of the whole student and that we provide a safe, humane and caring learning environment.

We must also consider the danger of placing too much emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests. For example, both Korea and China added English to their mandatory curriculum more than twenty years ago; however, Japan, with its declining birthrate and stagnant economy, foresees high-stakes tests such as TOEIC and TOEFL as potentials keys to maintaining a competitive edge into the 21st century and has thus added English to the formal curriculum for primary school students from 2020.

Most importantly, though, educators must actively empower students and promote social justice in education because inequality in any classroom, in any school is a social injustice. The ‘right to education’ and the effort to build an equitable education system and learning environment will never be possible as long as students are not allowed to achieve their full potential.

What does it mean to be educated? How can we ensure the right to education? How can schools promote social justice in education? How can other areas disciplines, such as English, math, science, history, art, literature and social studies promote social justice educational theory and practice? How are high-stakes standardized tests affecting recruiters, administrators, teachers and students in your school? How are high-stakes standardized tests forcing you to change your curriculum and teaching?

With the theme of Social Justice in Education, EQUIS 2017 invites proposals from students, teachers, educational leaders, activists, organizers, and all people concerned with advancing the movement for social justice.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, August 11, 2017 on any of the following EQUIS 2017 streams:

  • Administration, Policy and Counseling
  • Aging, Population, Children and Youth
  • Distance Education, ICT, E-Learning
  • Education, Curriculum and Research
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • EFL/ESL, Language Education
  • Gender, Inequality, Migration and Identity
  • Health, Sex and Physical Education
  • Human Rights Education
  • Math and Science Education
  • Politics, Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Education and Religious Freedom
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Other Areas (please specify)


Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

 Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
Program Director

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Plenary Speaker

Henry Loupias Henry H. Loupias, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Communication
University of Pasundan, Indonesia

Dr. Henry Loupias is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Visual Communication at the University of Pasundan (UNPAS), located in Badung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia, where it is one the best and most popular universities drawing students from all over Indonesia as well as many international countries. His research interests include media, social policy, criminal law and legal fundamentals. Dr. Loupias is passionately concerned about the impact of globalization on media and human rights.

Program Committee

EQUIS 2017 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the symposium.

Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the EQUIS 2017 Proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this symposium.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

EQUIS 2017 Review Committee

Henry H. Loupias, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Communication, University of Pasundan, Indonesia
Alan Brady, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Soci0logy, Kwansei Gakuin University
Susan Miller, Ph.D. Professor, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Jo Ann Oravec, Ph.D. Professor, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, USA
Robert Reuschlein, Ed.D Professor, Radio For Peace International; Founder, Real Economy Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech Lecturer, Dept. of English School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
Christiaan Prinsloo, Ph.D. Faculty of Liberal Education at Seoul National University, South Korea
I-Chia Chou, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Center for Teacher Education,Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

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