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Fighting Future Terrorism via Sense of Belonging at School: Evidence from China and 46 other Countries

April 2, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Ming Ming Chiu
Chair Professor of Analytics and Diversity
Education University of Hong Kong
Baldy 555, UB North Campus
Cosponsored by the UB Confucius Institute and Graduate School of Education
Free and open to the public

Terrorism has multiple causes at the country, terrorist group, and individual levels, with poor sense of belonging contributing at each level. Hence, this study examined antecedents of sense of belonging at school (SOBAS), which portends a child’s entrance into broader society.  Specifically, multilevel analyses of survey responses of 369,552 fifteen-year-olds in 12,393 schools in 47 countries yielded the following results. Egalitarian cultural values, higher job status of parent, more educational resources at home, better school or classroom discipline, and warmer teacher-student relationships were linked to greater SOBAS. In contrast, immigrants, foreign language spoken at home, and being bullied were linked to less SOBAS. These results inform teacher training regarding: egalitarian classrooms, prevention of societal status replication in classrooms, attention to potential bias/discrimination, clear and universal rules for students’ classroom behaviors, building relationships with each student, anti-bullying programs, and greater learning opportunities for immigrant students, those speaking a foreign language at home, and those with parents with lower job statuses.

Ming Ming CHIU is Chair Professor of Analytics and Diversity (Honor) and Director of the Assessment Research Center at The Education University of Hong Kong. A graduate of Columbia (BS, computer science), Harvard (EdM, interactive technology) and UC-Berkeley (PhD, education), he advises Qatar’s Ministry of Education and China’s Ministry of Education’s National Evaluation of Primary and Secondary Schools. He invented (a) statistical discourse analysis to model online and face-to-face conversations (one of the best 50 learning science ideas –International Society of the Learning Sciences), (b) multilevel diffusion analysis to detect corruption in the music industry and how ideas/behaviors spread through populations, (c) artificial intelligence Statistician, and (d) online detection of sexual predators. His 40 grants (US$9.4 million) yielded 195 publications (109 journal articles; 6,000+ citations), 3 television broadcasts, 17 radio broadcasts, and 149 news articles in 21 countries. He studies automatic statistical analyses, inequalities, culture, and learning in 65 countries.


April 2, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


555 Baldy Hall
University at Buffalo North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260
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