The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies
Schools for the Knowledge Society
Routledge – 2007 – 228 pages
Walk into a classroom in Tokyo, New York, London or Rotterdam, and the similarities in structure, activity, purpose and style will outweigh differences in language, dress and ethnic characteristics. Learning is regulated and rationed, teaching is a process or one-way transmission of knowledge, students need to be docile and conformist, assessment needs to sift and sort the bright from the not-so-bright, and rewards will be given to those who successfully negotiate this regime. But are these the kinds of places that can meet the needs of the ‘net generation’?
The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societiesis concerned with the debate about the nature of modern schooling in Asia. Traditionally schools are historical constructions reflecting the social, economic and political needs of the societies that invest in them. As Asia faces the challenges posed by the ‘knowledge economy’, its schools have taken on a new and quite different importance. This informative book outlines the broad policy contexts in which these transformations are taking place and the practical strategies that are needed to meet this objective.
The authors argue that the future of Asian societies depends on a transformation that requires a fundamental restructuring of schools as we know them while maintaining their long-held cultural values. This valuable insight:
It should be of interest to all those working in education policy and comparative education.
1. Introduction - Schools for the 'Asian Education Century': Priorities and challenges Section 1: Cultures and Contexts Influencing Schools in Asia 2. Schools for the 'NET' generation in a diverse Asia 3. Schools and the Economy: A human capital perspective 4. Policy Contexts for Life-long Learning 5. Global Imperatives and Local Values: negotiating change in traditional societies 6. Creating Citizens for Globalized states: Traditional values for new times 7. Examination and Assessment Cultures Section 2 Strategies for Change in Asia's Schools 8. Curriculum Reform: School Based Curriculum Development as a Strategy for Asia's Schools 9. Teaching and Learning: Interaction Between East and West 10. Leadership for School Development 11. Teacher Development: Issues and Challenges 12. Evaluation for Educational Improvement 13. Partnerships for School Development 14. Conclusion - Schools for an 'Education Century' in a Divided Asia
Kerry Kennedy is Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Education Studies and Associate Vice- President (Quality Assurance) at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is an Honorary Professor at South China Normal University, a Visiting Professor at the Management and Science University in Malaysia and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Sydney. He is the General Editor of the Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia and the Hong Kong Teacher Education Series produced by Hong Kong University Press. His co-edited book with Lee Wing On and David Grossman, Citizenship Pedagogies in Asia and the Pacific (Springer and Comparative Education Research Centre) will appear in 2010. The 4th Edition of his Curriculum Construction (Pearson Education Australia) will also appear in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education and a Life Member of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association.
John Chi-Kin Lee is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Dean of Education and Director of Centre for University and School Partnership at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was Visiting Chair Professor at National Taichung University in Taiwan, Visiting Professor at National Taiwan Normal University, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University and La Trobe University and has been adjunct professor, guest professor and researcher of more than a dozen universities in Mainland China including Beijing Normal University and Nanjing University. His recent books are Schooling for Sustainable Development: Chinese Experience with Younger Children (co-edited with Michael Williams, Springer, 2009), Educational Evaluation in East Asia: Emerging issues and challenges (co-edited with Samuel Peng, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009) and Improvement of Classroom Teaching and Learning: Teacher development, partnership and professional learning communities. (co-edited with Derek Cheung, Beijing: People’s Education Press, in Chinese, 2009). His forthcoming books are Changing Schools in an Era of Globalization (with Brian Caldwell, Routledge) and New Understandings of Teacher Effectiveness: Emotions and Educational Change (with Chris Day, Springer).