Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Ming Fang He

Dr. Ming Fang He is a curriculum and pedagogy tenured professor at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. Although He teaches in the United States, her education was completed internationally. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, He then received her Master of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada. Due to her background in China, He’s research in curriculum studies primarily focuses on life in-between the eastern and western schools, transnational and diasporic studies, and the education of minority and disenfranchised individual and groups in Asia (particularly China). She uses her work to analyze and improve traditional curriculum models from eastern and western countries by integrating activism and cross-cultural education while still employing techniques and theories of Confucius, Makiguchi, and Dewey.

In addition to research within the College of Education, He has also been the President, Chair/Organizer, and Advisor for the Association of Chinese Scholars and Students at Georgia Southern University. He also had the opportunity to work with the Centre for the Study of International Schooling where she served as the Advisor, Treasurer, and an Invited Chair presentation during their Colloquium series on International Schooling.

Her awards include the American Educational Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice award (2010), The American Educational Research Association’s Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education (2009), and numerous research grants from the Georgia Southern University.

Some of her publications:

He, M. F., & Phillion, J. (Eds.). (2008). Personal~passionate~participatory inquiry into social justice in education. In M. F. He & J. Phillion (Series Eds.), Research for social justice: Personal~passionate~participatory inquiry. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

He, M. F. (2003). A river forever flowing: Cross-cultural lives and identities in the multicultural landscape. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Connelly, F. M., He, M. F., & Phillion, J. (Eds.). (2008). The SAGE Handbook of curriculum and instruction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Li, G. F., & He, M. F. (2011). Cultural overview of education in Sinic civilization. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), International handbook of Asian education (Chapter 1 of Part I: Sinic Education; pp.3-6). New York: Routledge.

He, M. F. (2009). A life-long inquiry forever flowing between China and Canada: Crafting a composite auto/biographic narrative method to represent three Chinese women teachers' cultural experiences. In T. Huber-Warring, & A. Joshi (Series Eds.), Storied inquiries in international landscapes: An anthology of educational research. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (Reprinted from Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum & Instruction, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 5-29, by M. F. He, 1999, Wichita, KS: Wichita State University Press)