The collaborative and creative journey of developing this volume has been one that involved a group of hard-working and gracious individuals, who are not only achieved or tenured scholars, academics, researchers, and educators, but also young scholars, junior faculty, and recent doctoral graduates. The editors firstly wish to thank all of the contributors for their enthusiasm and persistence in developing this volume, including for the interesting and important research they are respectively doing addressing different educational and social issues while representing a diverse set of perspectives and research approaches. We appreciate all the contributors’ patience, as well as readiness to follow up on our editorial requests.
We also express our gratitude to the Brill | Sense staff who supported this book from its ideation to completion, as well as the external reviewers who provided crucial feedback to strengthen the entire work. The editors would also like to thank Alex Lilley for the technical support in reviewing manuscript drafts and providing editorial input.
We appreciate our colleagues and friends who encouraged us in our work, and look forward to reading this book. We are also indebted to the members of our respective families—especially our parents, spouses, and children (and also pets)—who provided moral support and sustained our strength when we needed to persevere in our writing, reviewing, and editing.
We consider the publishing of this book timely, as the Ministry of Education and Culture recently laid out new directions, initiatives, and reforms to change and improve the system that shapes the learning, education, and schooling experiences of the young generation of Indonesia. The chapters here frame and highlight existing opportunities as well as persisting issues in the efforts to ensure children and youth are able access quality education, and develop to become independent, able, caring, and contributing members of the society and their respective communities. It is the contributors’ and our hope that the collection of studies presented in this volume further the development of discourse and dissemination of knowledge surrounding different topics within education; and eventually provide a substantial basis for consideration for current and future policy development.