[Provided by Institute of Education (IOE), Center for Teacher Education, and International Graduate Program of Education and Human Development (IGPEHD)]
National Sun Yat-sen University hosted this year’s TERA International Conference 2021 on November 12-13, 2021, held virtually due to the global pandemic. The Conference welcomed the participation of scholars from the U.S.A., Germany, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan, about 200 online participants, and included presentations of almost 160 papers, 17 sessions of oral presentations, and 4 sessions of poster presentations. In response to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, to Taiwan's plan to become an English-Mandarin “bilingual nation” by 2030, and the launching of White Paper 2.0 on International Education for Primary and Secondary Schools, TERA 2021 adopted “Educational Reform, Global Citizenship, and Sustainable Future” as the theme of the Conference to discuss important educational topics in the context of standard education and informal education.
President of NSYSU Dr. Ying-Yao Cheng, who is also the current President of Taiwan Education Research Association (TERA) and current President of the Global Association of Chinese Creativity (GACC) stated that 2021 is also the 41st year of NSYSU, and the University is honored to be selected as one of the 4 key cultivation schools of “The Program on Bilingual Education for Students in College (BEST)” by the Ministry of Education (MOE). NSYSU will strive to build a bilingual campus and promote global exchange for the students. Through the boundary-less and far-reaching online conference, TERA 2021 served as an excellent platform for academic exchange that gathers scholars, experts, teachers, and students from home and abroad, and issues such as educational reform, global citizenship, sustainable development, and imaginations to future education were discussed.
The TERA International Conference 2021 included four keynote speeches: by Dr. Ingrid Gogolin from Hamburg University, Germany, who gave a talk on “Literacy in Diversity Settings – a Commons for a Sustainable Future”; Dr. Felice Levine from American Educational Research Association (AERA) who spoke on “COVID-19 and the Impact on Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars – Worldwide Implications”; Dr. Charles Hopkins and Katrin Kohl, MBA, of York University, Canada, who gave a speech entitled “Engage with Educational Research for Transformative Action in Light of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable”; and Dr. Lawrence Zhang from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, who gave a talk on “Enhancing Efficacy of Learning English as a Second/Foreign Language: The Role of Metacognitive Scaffolding”.
In addition, Dr. Hiroki Fujii from Okayama University, Japan, gave an invited speech at the Conference on “Teacher Education for Climate Change Education in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities”. There were four plenary forums, including “Forum I: Multicultural and International Education” hosted by Assistant Professor Dr. Wei-Lin Chen from NSYSU, “Forum II: Bilingual Education Teacher Training and Practice” hosted by Professor Dr. Hsueh-Hua Chuang of NSYSU and Assistant Professor Dr. Hui-Hsien Feng of NKUST, “Forum III: Education Innovations and Social Innovations” hosted by Professor Dr. Hsueh-Chih Chen of NTNU, and presented by the Alumni Association of the Institute of Education and Center for Teacher Education of NSYSU “Forum IV: Interdisciplinary Transition in Sizihwan” hosted by Dr. Ying-Hsien Chao of Kaohsiung Mintsu Primary School. In response to the development of distance learning during the pandemic, TERA 2021 was held online for the first time, with both English and Chinese presentations, exhibiting diversified and rich linking with the international community. The participants expressed that they have gained a lot from the conference.
TERA International Conference 2021: Educational Reform, Global Citizenship, and Sustainable Future was co-organized by the Taiwan Education Research Association, the Global Association of Chinese Creativity, the Institute of Education, Center for Teacher Education, and the International Graduate Program of Education and Human Development of NSYSU, and was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology.