University of Malaya

About us

The Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE) embodies a focus on research in international and comparative issues in education that affect educational policies and practice, broadly defined. Some prominent issues may include, among others, education in the knowledge economy at all scales from global to local; education provision issues such as efficiency, effectiveness, access/equity, gender, culture and religion as well as teaching and learning. The Centre focuses on, but not be restricted to, South East Asia. It is envisioned that the Centre will help overcome the relative dearth of research in this field in South East Asia. Globally there is a realisation that Interdisciplinary study and research is the way forward. Consequently the Centre will also examine how related and contributing disciplines to educational studies (such as history, economics, geography and sociology) help to analyse and explain education systems and contribute to their improvement.

Three external advisers support the Centre through their advice and experience, namely Professor Richard Pring and Dr. Colin Brock, both of the University of Oxford and Professor Michael Crossley of the University of Bristol. Dr. Colin Brock is one of the 15 UNESCO Chairs in the UK and a former Chair of the British Association of International and Comparative Education, and editor of its journal 'Compare'. Dr. Brock has field experience in over 40 countries. Professor Pring is one of the foremost educators in the UK and former Director of the University of Oxford Department of Education (1988-2003) of which he is still a member. He has a keen interest and expertise in religion and education, including Islamic contexts, with extensive research experience in Pakistan, West Central Asia and the Middle East. Professor Pring has also recently concluded a major national research project in England into education in the 14-19 age group, spanning different forms of educational opportunity. Professor Crossley is Director of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies at the Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Education in Small States Research Group at the University of Bristol. He was Editor of the journal 'Comparative Education' from 2004 to 2009 inclusive, and was Chair and Vice Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education from 2000 to 2004.

Prime Objectives of CRICE
  • To promote research capacity in Malaysia in international and comparative education.
  • To investigate issues that affect educational policies and practice, broadly defined.
  • To advance research of this kind especially in relation to South East Asia

Members

Lorraine Symaco (Director)
Education and development; Higher education; Education in developing countries/South East Asia
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
lorraine@symaco.org

Azirah binti Hashim
Academic and professional genres; English in Malaysia (and South East Asia); Language and the law
Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Malaysia
azirahh@um.edu.my

Colin Brock
Teacher education and training; Gender, education and development; Curriculum development and educational planning
Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK
drcbrock@hotmail.com

Chang Lee Hoon
Teacher education; Moral and values education
Faculty of Human Sciences, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
changlh@fsk.upsi.edu.my

Michael Crossley
International transfer of educational policy and practice; Evaluation capacity and international development cooperation; Educational development in small states
Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK
M.Crossley@bristol.ac.uk

Esther Gnanamalar Sarojini A/P A Daniel
Teacher education; Environmental education; Research and technology in science education
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
esther@um.edu.my

Maya David
Cross-cultural communication; Discourse analysis; Language maintenance and language shift
Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Malaysia
mdavid@um.edu.my

Terence Gomez
Political economy of education, Public policy and administration
Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia
etgomez@um.edu.my

Low Wah Yun
Education and counselling; Behavioural science
Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia
lowwy@um.edu.my

Mohd Asri Mohd Noor
Educational policy and practice; Educational management and leadership; Language in education
Faculty of Management and Economics, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
mohd.asri@fpe.upsi.edu.my

Richard Pring
Philosophy of education; Faith-based schools; Religion and education (including Islamic contexts)
Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK
richard.pring@education.ox.ac.uk

Saedah binti Siraj
Curriculum and instruction; Curriculum design and instruction
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
saedah@um.edu.my

Moses Stephens Gunams Samuel
Curriculum and pedagogy; Applied linguistics; Literacy
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
mosess@um.edu.my

Shahrir Jamaluddin
Educational testing measurement and evaluation
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
jamaluddinshahrir@um.edu.my

Siow Heng Loke
Education and work, Human resource development, Curriculum and instruction, Science education
School of Graduate Studies, Asia-E University, Malaysia
hengloke.siow@aeu.edu.my

Tee Meng Yew
Knowledge building/construction; Teaching and learning processes; Learning environments; Action research; Naturalistic inquiry
Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia
mytee@um.edu.my