Pluralism in Society: Peace, Higher Education And Economic Growth



This is an exploratory track to find out more about the relationship between “Pluralism”, evolution and growth of higher education globally, and economic growth.

The term “Pluralism” is defined here basically as the capacity to see those from different backgrounds as equals.  It implies listening to the others, not necessarily agreeing with what they say, and accepting the fact that there is a need to tolerate differing points of view in most aspects of life and living, in education as well as in business.

“Education” is the attempt to transfer knowledge from the culture to the individual (Pea, 1987) and this transfer is a problem stemming from both the individual and the cultural. As per Cox (2001) one of the hallmarks of pluralism is this two-way approach to knowledge transfer.

Key words/phrases relating to pluralism are:

  • The quest for identity
  • A value that must be taught
  • Not an in-born skill
  • Must be acquired through education
  • Central challenge for educational leaders
  • Lack of pluralism leads to defining ourselves less by what we stand FOR and more by who we are AGAINST

This track is, therefore, an attempt to explore concepts of pluralism and tolerance and how these impact education and business, and growth in general.

Papers investigating linkages between pluralism and tolerance in the promotion of higher education and business and growth, as well as those identifying barriers and facilitators are invited for presentation and discussion purposes.

Initial research indicates that extensive works has not been done in this area; this, therefore, is an added incentive to explore and study the impact of practicing pluralism and tolerance on education and business.


September 21, 2015 – Proposals/ Paper drafts

October 10, 2015 – Comments on completed papers

October 16-17, 2015 Paper presentation at the conference

November 30, 2015 – completed/ revised papers

January 2016 – submission for printing of special issue.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Jamaluddin Husain, Purdue University Calumet, jhhusain@PURDUECAL.EDU, 1-773-531-4000 Mobile/Cell