The International Conference on Educational Reform for the Social Justice

(ICER 2015)

May 26-28  , 2015

 Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel Chiang Mai Thailand


          The United Nations created an instrument in making educational rights which are significant widely concerns about human rights, international educational rights, and child rights, and so on.  For the right in education, it can be traced back to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 which Article 26 proclaimed that all people have the right to education and that elementary education be compulsory and free (UN, 1948).  Therefore, the greater educational equity is supported the right to education by defining discrimination as efforts to diminish equality of treatment in education, based on race, gender, language, religion, political or other beliefs, geographic location, national or social origin, or economic condition (UNESCO, 1960).  Thus, each country has to response to develop policies that promote equality of opportunity and equal treatment in education was an important tenet of this accord.

          In 2015, all South East Asian countries will become Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN community in economy, politics and security, and socio-culture.  Therefore, the ICER 2012 will be a panel to discuss this issue in order to seek for the best resolution for the slogan of ASEAN “One Vision, One Identity, One Community.” 

          In the last 10 years, Thailand had had an Educational Reform campaign.  But until this day, the outcomes of Education in Thailand are still dissatisfied.  In addition, the ICER 2014 will conclude the best practices for Thai Educational Reform.   The resolutions and conclusions will be the best resources for Thai educators.    

I hope that the themes covered in this conference will focus not only on improving the quality of education but also consider  how to best adapt and reform our education systems to best meet the needs of communities that are changing and becoming increasingly diverse.

          I am therefore honored to welcome so many distinguished guests from many parts of the world, and from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, and hope this time together provides a perfect opportunity to share our knowledge, insights and experiences.

This conference has been set up as a platform to provide a forum for international educators to share theories and practices and present their research on educational reform, and to investigate innovative approaches so as to ensure the achievement of educational reform objectives.

It is hoped that this conference will promote collaboration among educational institutions on a regional, national and global basis. To this end, we are looking to establish an International society for Educational Reform, to enable us to work together to strengthen our ties and our teacher training and research programs.

Besides, the world on the eve of the 21st century is characterized by globalization with the attendant risk of standardization, and by growing interpretation in all areas: economics society, culture and ecology, social, cultural and ecological. Yet, beneath this reality lurks a wide variety of strikingly different situations. There is no longer one south but many, and the north is beginning in some ways to resemble the south. The world, in short, is in transition and in search of new points of reference and sources of stability. "What kind of education is needed for what kind of society?" The debate on this subject shows that it is difficult to offer meaningful advice to educators throughout the world who work in an extraordinary diversity of situations. The resources that will count most will be intelligence, creativity, adaptability and ready access to the accumulated knowledge of humanity.

Education will be needed in many forms and for many purposes: to ensure that schools and colleges provide complete respect to all people,  allocate the necessary resources (material & human) for all people to learning at the highest level, and to be proactive in eliminating any forms of educational empowerment. 

Faculty of Education, Naresuan University, has reorganized the importance of having a very special opportunity for face-to-face exchanges of views, ideas, and information on the state of educational reform.  For the reason, this conference will have been formed with the purpose that it will be an event that covers the whole of education in an exciting social environment that extends our knowledge, improves on our practice, and widens our friendship networks. 

Faculty of Education, Naresuan University is one of the government’s leading institutions for education, particularly serving the people of Thailand. With the collaborative efforts of the Faculty of Education of Naresuan University Thailand, Mahasarakham University Thailand, National   University of  Laos, Laos PDR ,Hue University  Vietnam, Myanmar ,Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, the United of America, England, France ,Germany, Ghana, Hungry, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Pakistan, Srilanka, India,and Education Deans Council seek ways to improve learning society.  The collaborators are committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about teaching, learning and researching. For this conference, the main theme is Education Reform for the Social Justice , through partnerships, we reach out to schools and communities to offer the help in forms of academic services to the local society, such as organizing seminars and conferences, as well as giving special lectures, etc. In order to meet the requirements of the 21st century and to promote national education reform, Faculty of Education had already organized4 international conferences on education reform.  There were in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ,2013 and  2014.  The forum therefore will be a venue where both international and Thai participants exchange views, ideas as well as lessons learnt. Moreover, for sustainability strategies of education reform will be explored and adapted to serve on going programs being implemented. It would indeed be a success if this forum provides concrete measures in cooperation for education reform to benefit participating individuals, organizations, or even countries.

The  social justice of educational opportunity have long dominated debates about the goal and purposes of educational in Thailand system. Once we accept the view that education is access to that which is worthwhile in a culture or an opportunity to develop one’s intellect and extend to one’s scope, if the state is to finance educational provision, it should do so for the advantage of all children or only for those who will offer it some return for its investment (Kelly, 1991, p.40). The social justice in term of equality of opportunity, or equality of access, asserts that there are superior forms of human activity. Education involves initiation into physical activities. Within such a context of physical education tends to function either to support and ape the actions and ambitions of high-status subjects by stressing selection, competition, performance and reward in selected physical activities. The next is about educational opportunity, by contrast. Contends that every child is entitled to the fullest educational provision from which he or she is capable of profiting. Those children whose potential contribution to society seems minimal are regarded nonetheless as having the same entitlement to education as any others. As we know that working towards for social justice of opportunity in physical education not only involves widening and ensuring access. It also involves understanding of the range of students’ responses to femininity, masculinity and sexuality, to the whole range of ability and disability, to the ethnic, social and culture diversity, and the ways in which these relate for children to physical education. This will require both the initial and in service training of teachers to promote a critical review of prevailing practice, rigorous and continuous appraisal and often the willingness to question long held beliefs and prejudices. These requirements should be shared by the whole school and relate to all aspects of the curriculum, not just physical education. They are the basic not only of commitment to providing equal opportunities, but also of the senility needed for good and effective teaching (DES, 1991, p.60)

In the Thailand in recent years, the discourses of educationalists and politicians of the political Left, Right and Centre have often seemed to converge on the idea that social Justice: ‘equality’, ’opportunity’, ’freedom’ and ‘choice’ are all inherently good things which should be sponsored through and expressed in the organization and content of the state education system. The political message is frequently asserted that we live in an age of great consumer opportunities, in which individuals have the freedom and responsibility to create their own ‘lifestyle’, choose their own health care, their own housing, and their children’s school. The question of whether there is both equality and equity in education and physical education is more than ever a matter of considerable concern in a period driven by a discourse of injecting opportunity and choice in system expected to incorporate a number of major initiatives with little or no preparation. If notions of opportunity, choice and diversity are to be at all meaningful in a democratic system of education and physical education, then they have to be the signature of education for social justice in the Thailand on this era.

Faculty of Education, Naresuan University (Thailand) and partners hopes to provide the convenience for educators, administrators, and students to have extensive discussions on needed changes in practices and policies and to develop strategies to achieve desired changes on educational reform.  The previous conference attracted presenters and participants from diverse regions of the world this year.  There were National   University of  Laos, Laos PDR ,Hue University  Vietnam, Myanmar ,Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, the United of America, England, France ,Germany, Ghana, Hungry, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Pakistan, Srilanka, India,and Education Deans Council Thailand and Other. Faculty of Education,  Naresuan University expects more people around the world with diverse kinds of works, research, and institutions to bring collaborations, connections, and creativities in which we can build a future bond for helping our region for the Social Justice With the bringing up of  interest on educational equity, Faculty of Education, Naresuan University assures that a basic human right, the  a rights-based approach, evident in a set of international accords will bring all countries to have to pay attention to issues of educational equity.


Conference Objectives

        - To provide a forum for international educators to share theories and practices and present their research on educational reform. 

        - To investigate innovative approaches for educators to develop, adapt and apply so as to ensure the achievement of educational reform objectives.

        - To promote collaboration among educational institutions on regional, national and global basis.

        - To promote equity in education for an integral part of mainstream policy and legislation


Conference Themes

   - Main Theme:  Educational Reform for the Social Justice

   - Strands :

                * Health and Physical education for the diversity and opportunity

                      - Health Literacy

                            -  Health Education

                            - Leisure  life Education

                            - Health promotion

                            - Sport Tourism

                            - Recreation

                      - Physical Literacy

                            - Physical  Education

                            - Sport Activity / Physical Activity

                            - Sport Science

                            - Sport Management

                            - Physical Fitness

                * Curriculum, Innovation and information technology in education

                           - Education for Sustainable

                           - Education Research and Methodology

                           - Teaching and Teacher Education

                           - Education in the 21st Century

                           - Educational Resource Management

                                 - Diffusion and Innovation

                                 - System Technology

                                - Instructional System Design

                                - E-Learning

                                - Visual Learning

                * Inequity in education

                          - Education for minorities

                          - Peace education

                          - At risk and marginized

                          - Gender issue

                          - Special Education

                          - Inclusive Education and Transition

                          - Adolescence and Adulthood

                          - Parent-Teacher –Paraprofessional-Community Partnership

                          - Multicultural Education 

                          - Language, Citizenship ,Ethnicity and Border Education

                 * Administration and Leadership for Diversity  

                          - Non-formal Education

                                 - Project Evaluation

                                 - Life Long Learning

                                 - Educating Leadership

                                 - Educational Planning and Policy

                                 - Human Research Development


Conference Venue

- Lotus Pang Suan Kaew HotelChiangmai  Thailand

Conference Date

- May 26-28 , 2015

Keynote Speakers : The Educational Reform for Social Justice

Dr. Shigeo Kikuchi ,The Dean of international Studies Center , Meisei University, Japan

Guest Speaker

     1. Dr. Ung Huot Former Prime Minister of Cambodia
     2. Dr.U Nyunt Swe Former the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Mynmer
     3. Professor Dr.Robert Fitzgerald ,Director, INSPIRE center ,Faculty of Education University of Canberra Australia
     4. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Kasem Nakornkhet Director of Physical Activity Research Center – PARC Thai Health Promotion Foundation


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ICER 2015 registration
Early bird : Before March 31, 2015
Regular : April 1 - April 30, 2015 
On - site registration : May 27, 2015 
Conference Dates
May 26 - 28, 2015

Naresuan University

Dr.Omthajit  Pansri

Faculty of Education, Naresuan University

Tumbon Thapo, Muang, Phisanulok, Province, 65000

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Mahasarakham University

Proceeding Team 
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Faculty of Education - Mahasarakham University