Country: Vietnam / USA
Organization: Michigan State University (USA)
About the candidate
My name is Cuong Nguyen. I am a Vietnamese graduate student doing Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University (USA). My research interests include pedagogical engagement and contemplation in education.
Why would I like to attend?
I have been inspired by what I read about the Summerhill School. My dissertation, which maps out alternative approaches to pedagogical engagement, is affected by Rousseau’s Emile and Lucas’s After Summerhill. At a personal level, I am really curious about A.S. Neill’s philosophy of education and want to meet those who are directly involved in it or other similar projects, including the children. I am excited to know that Zoe Readhead, Sugata Mitra, etc. will be at the conference. At a professional level, I believe that this conference will bring a new shape to my philosophy of education, my dissertation project and my academic career in the future. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation at the moment.
I can bring to the conference my diverse experience as a student, teacher and teacher who was born and educated in communist Vietnam and has been educated in the U.S. I was not very happy with my schooling and wanted to imagine a different world where schooling would be different. My world view is strongly influenced by Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism, which I can share with those interested in it. I can also share with other participants my intercultural experience as an Asian student in the West. In particular, I bring to the conference a burning question that has been with me for so long a time: How to turn education/schooling into an experience of pleasure?