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Welcome to Aussie-Sino Studies

Introduction by Dr Dacheng Zhao, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to the Journal of Aussie-Sino Studies (JASS) May 2015 issue. JASS is an Academic/scholastic journal, peer-reviewed, with open-access, and published by the Sino-Aussie Unique Collaborative Centre for Educational Studies and Services (SUCCESS), which is an international community comprising Researchers and Educators in a multitude of areas. From Economists, and people in the know in Finance, field workers in the broad field of Education and Psychology, to Journalists and Communication specialists, to those devoted to Linguistics as well as those in Applied Linguistics; the list of Collaborators goes on: they include Management and Business Specialists, Educators in Nursing and Medical Science’s field; experts working in more traditional areas such as Philosophy, older Humanities such as Political Science and Religion, and other more contemporary ones, such as Ethics, Sociology as well as interdisciplinary - for ever advancing at such giant steps, a such a rapid pace. To take on some of the challenges and keep up with an increasingly changing world, SUCCESS through its mouthpiece JASS, aims at building a bridge of Understanding and respect (based on sharing knowledge) between North and South. Echoing Beijing’s Olympic Theme ‘One world, one people’ – as local issues and global challenges melt into one, JASS aims to contribute, through interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to humanity knowledge in understanding these global challenges, as well as some of local issues; the key as they are to world progress and peace realization and happiness for the whole of Humanity.
In this Issue, 17 papers were chosen from among hundreds of articles written by researchers from across the Globe.
The first paper: ‘Determinants of Social/Educational Stratification’ addresses a global problem of inequality. Written by St. John’s University’s Allan C. Ornstein, where he chairs Professor-ship of Education and Social Policy and hailing from the U.S.A., he is the author of more than 60 books and 400 articles. His latest works are framed around the themes of excellence, equality and education. On reading Ornstein’s paper, the readers might gain new insights into the effects of poverty and deprivation on education.
In the same vein, the second paper ‘A Comparison of Mathematics Assessment in Australian and Chinese primary schools’ focuses again on inequality. It is described here, in terms of inequality in mathematics achievement between Eastern and Western countries in general, between Australia and China in particular. Unlike Ornstein who attributes excellence in education to finance and economy capitals held by families, Zhao’s empirical study investigated assessment factors, which account for observed mathematics achievement gap. Zhao hopes to impress on readers, the impression of social-cultural capital to students’ achievement in education (Zhao, 2013).
The third paper: ‘Towards Seeding a Sino-Australian education cluster’ discusses the importance of successes based on cooperation, in order to achieve excellence, emphasising Sino-Australian cooperation in the field of education. Written by an Australian scientist and Science Pedagogue, Dr Peter Collin Hill, who recommends the development of the SUCCESS and JASS, in a cooperation partnership as a sound investment in the region’s future competitiveness, in its educators and ultimately in its students.
In contrast, the fourth paper: ‘Multilingualism, Global Competency and Communicative Performance for Business’ concentrates on the theme of sustainable development, which is written by R. K. Singh, who is a Professor and the Dean of Department of Humanities and Social Science at Indian School of Mines, India. He argues that in today’s globalized business context, there is a need to use English as the common language.
Echoed with Singh’s advocating of using English as the common language, the rest 13 papers are written in English by authors whose first language is not English. The fifth and sixth papers are written by the two junior scholars, who reported their research on the teaching of Chinese at Australia schools. Taken as a whole, the rest of papers highlight some important issues and problems in the areas of housing market segmentation (Zhang’s paper entitled case study on changes in housing submarkets in Shanghai), new urbanization (Fu’s paper entitled a study of new urban cultural development mode), population problems (Liu and Yang’s paper entitled the ethical problems and remedies for population aging in China), college English teaching (Chen’s paper entitled on the current graded teaching mode of college English), government credibility (Jiang’s paper entitled theoretical basic research of the building of the government credibility of ecological turning), modern music moral spirit (B. Zhang’s entitled ethical implications of Adorno’s alterity ideas on music), ideological and political education (Zhou’s paper entitled on the energy field and political education), city apathy (Yi’s paper entitled city apathy and its ethical guidance), etc. With a strong grounding in research, I believe that anyone interested in understanding global challenges and local issues will find these pages very insightful reading.
The issues and problems discussed by the researchers here are common challenges shared by our academic/scholastics community, regardless of region or nation, and the challenges demand our focused attention to ensure there is a body of research and knowledge available to inform practice and foster research. The JASS welcomes intellectuals to become members of SUCCESS, and to ensure JASS remains Engage (engaged) or Committed (Sartres, 2007).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all editors, authors and reviewers, for your assistance in ensuring this issue emerged into the light of day.