Prof. Kerry J. Kennedy, Ph.D., of The Education University of Hong Kong facilitated a three-day lecture on Equity and Quality in Education: Concepts, Contexts, and Contentions at the UST Graduate School from September 27 to 29, 2018.
The lecture-series, a brainchild of the GS Education Cluster headed by Dr. Fe A. Hidalgo, was attended by graduate students from various degree programs such as Education, Development Studies, English Language Studies. Faculty members Dr. Marcela J. Leus, Dr. Amelita Gaerlan, Dr. Manuel Morga, Dr. Eric de los Reyes, Dr. Alejandro Bernardo, Dr. Emily Tan, Dr. Belinda de Castro, and Dr. Nancy Eleria were also present at the lecture.
Kennedy emphasized that equity and quality are now seen as the two preconditions for creating knowledgeable, productive and tolerant citizens for the future. He underscored that the challenge is how to do this across different sectors of education with a focus on desired outcomes, while at the same time providing engaging learning processes, giving space for individual growth and development, and building a capacity for learning that will go far beyond classrooms and extend throughout the life cycle. The series of lectures and workshops sought to address this challenge in both theoretical and practical terms and also provided the opportunity for follow-up projects.
Currently, Kennedy is Advisor for Academic Development and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at The Education University of Hong Kong and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. He is the Series Editor of Routledge’s Schools and Schooling in Asia Series, the Asia- Europe Education Dialogue Series and the newly established Perspectives on Education in Africa Series.
He is also co-editor of Springer’s Governance and Citizenship in Asia Series. His most recent co-edited book is Young People and Active Citizenship in Post-Soviet Times – A Challenge for Citizenship Education published by Routledge, 2018). He co-edited with Professor John C.K. Lee the Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia which was launched in May 2018. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Life Member of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association. In 2012, he was a co-winner of the Richard Wolf Memorial Award for Educational Research awarded by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).