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Biography

Dr Hongzhi Zhang is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His main research interests are educational equity, education policy, Asia study, and curriculum and pedagogy. Drawing on educational philosophies of Asian traditions, Hongzhi’s research about ‘Asia as method’ is innovative and influential. He has established ‘Asia as method’ as a researchable concept, and contributed influential theoretical and empirical developments in research about ‘Asia as method’ in educational studies, particularly how it can be developed in multicultural, postcolonial democratic Asia countries and for it to be culturally expansive in Western education systems as an ideal and as a practice across cultures. His particular foci have been in researching an overall ‘Asia as pedagogy' to help to cultivate a new research imagination in Australian cross-curriculum priority ‘Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia’.

Hongzhi has a sustained track record of publication of his work about ‘Asia as method’ in educational studies (an edited book with Routledge - Asia as Method in Education Studies: A Diafiant Research Imagination, published 2015). This is a unique and ground breaking book project and promises to start a new movement in the field of education research. In one of his edited books - Equality in Education: Fairness and inclusion (Sense Publisher, 2014), Hongzhi put together a diverse, informative, and interesting account of equality and fairness that transcends international borders.

Hongzhi has evolved different research projects in last three years. He is currently leading a research project Internationalization of Australian independent schools: The influences of Confucian heritage culture on pedagogy (2017-2019, AU$200,000). This 3-year project will mainly focus on the international student programs in Victoria independent school. It will construct the legitimate theoretical base for the incorporation of Confucian Heritage Culture in Australian independent school, and examine the effects of Confucian pedagogy on teaching and learning styles.

He was also leading the Dragon’s Den Project - Engaging China: Strategies for the Faculty of Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University in 2015. This project has provided market intelligence that will inform a set of strategies for making the most of the opportunities presented by China’s growth and for overcoming identified challenges that can limit the faculty’s engagement with China. This project has significant impact on the faculty’s strategies to develop the China’s partnership. Hongzhi helped the faculty to establish initiative collaborations with the Chinese counterparts, provided specialist consultant in various engaging China activities, and successful organized professional development services to Chinese clients since 2016. 

Monash teaching commitment

EDF4610

EDF4611

EDF5614

EDF5663

Community service

Engaging China: Strategies for the Faculty of Education

Keywords

  • Education policy
  • Educational equity
  • Higher education
  • Asia study
  • Asia as Method in Education
  • Teacher education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Education

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2009 2018

Acknowledging the legitimacy of local practices: a study of communication challenges between Chinese and Australian university students

God, Y. T. & Zhang, H., 2018, In : International Education Journal. 17, 3, p. 108-122 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Engaged but ambivalent: A study of young Indigenous Australians and democratic citizenship

Walsh, L., Zyngier, D., Fernandes, V. & Zhang, H., 14 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Intercultural challenges, intracultural practices: how Chinese and Australian students understand and experience intercultural communication at an Australian university

God, Y. T. & Zhang, H., Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Higher Education. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: dialogues about the local and the global in education

Chan, P. W. K., Zhang, H. & Teasdale, G. R. B., 2018, In : International Education Journal. 17, 3, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

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Researching and theorising the local in education: perspectives from Oceania and Asia

Zhang, H., Chan, P. W. K. & Teasdale, G. R. B., 2018, In : International Education Journal. 17, 3, p. 5-14 10 p.

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Activities 2017 2018

  • 4 Consultancy
  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

International education journal: Comparative Perspective (Journal)

Hongzhi Zhang (Editor in chief), Wing Keung Chan (Editor in chief), Bob Teasdale (Editor in chief)
Oct 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

MONASH-ZHEJIANG EARLY CHILDHOOD PRINCIPALS PROGRAM (莫纳什—浙江早期教育领导者培训项) (Event)

Hongzhi Zhang (Advisor)
9 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

MONASH-ZHEJIANG SPECIAL EDUCATION PRINCIPALS PROGRAM莫纳什-浙江特殊教育校长项目 (Event)

Hongzhi Zhang (Advisor)
6 Nov 201717 Nov 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

MONASH-ZHEJIANG SCHOOL PRINCIPALS PROGRAM (莫纳什-浙江学校校长项目) (Event)

Hongzhi Zhang (Advisor)
21 May 20172 Jun 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Monash-OCIES Symposium 2017

Wing Chan (Organiser), Hongzhi Zhang (Organiser)
26 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference