Andi Suwirta, as Chairperson of ASPENSI (Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education) and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Studies Education UPI (Indonesia University of Education) in Bandung, will participate in an International Conference on Comparative Education in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 2012.
“Comparative education is a must”, Suwirta said and added that sharing in knowledge and experience with scholars of Southeast Asian countries is very critical for Indonesian scholar for understanding the development of nation-states in historical perspective in one hand and for building the networking in academic society in other hand.
According to Suwirta, the working paper will be discussed is entitled “Development of Social Studies Education and Civic Education in Indonesia: Historical Perspectives”. By analyzing the topic, he wants to describe, compare, and contrast about the subjects in primary and secondary schools in Indonesia from time to time, especially since 1970s to 2000s.
“There are some subject matters, especially for primary and secondary schools’ student, to develop the good citizen in Indonesia. One of them is Social Studies Education (PIPS, Pendidikan Ilmu Pengetahuan Sosial) and Civic Education (PKN, Pendidikan Kewargaan Negara). Until recently, those two subject matters are still separated, although they have similar main objectives, i.e. building the Indonesian citizen to become smart and critical thinking; fair, honesty, and responsibility in attitudes; and their behavior referred to Indonesian’s custom, religion, and law”, Suwirta said.
Added also by Suwirta that his working paper is not only trying to elaborate the development of Social Studies Education and Civic Education in Indonesia since before and after Indonesian independence (1945), where those subjects were definitively developed and learned by students in primary and secondary schools since 1970s to 2000s with some changes in its contents; but also, in the context of one ASEAN community, the problems and prospects of those subjects in Indonesia will be discussed respectively.
Congratulation, sir. Hopefully, the ASPENSI will also be known by academic society of Thailand and others Southeast Asian countries. [MAS]