Morning Keynote – Yong Zhao, Friday, 24 March 2017

Perils or Promises: Education in the Age of Smart Machines

The world needs globally competent creative and entrepreneurial talents to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization. But schools are pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of the traditional education paradigm. Zhao proposes a new education paradigm needed for the new world.

Born in China’s Sichuan Province, Yong Zhao is a Foundations Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and a professor in Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University, and an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. In 2003, he received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association. His work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. An award winning author, he has published more than 100 articles and 20 books. 

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