Asia's High Performing Education Systems
The Case of Hong Kong
Edited by Colin Marsh, John Chi-Kin Lee
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Education officials, specialist leaders and teachers have all been involved in different ways to bring about school reform in Hong Kong. This book is a very current and relevant analysis of this reform, highlighting the way in which agencies have cooperated in bringing about change over the last several decades. Through a process of wide-ranging decision-making, collaboration and consensus among key bodies and agencies of change, some important developments have occurred. The reforms collectively have had, and are continuing to have, a major impact upon schooling in Hong Kong.
This volume represents a range of authors and specialists involved in a number of different reforms, covering themes such as historical policy contexts, new curriculum approaches, changing pedagogies, school leadership, implementation and change, and assessment and evaluation. This is a very topical book which provides a probing analysis of how an Asian education system has been able to reach and maintain a very high performing level.
1: Introduction (Colin Marsh and John Chi-Kin Lee) Part 1: Policy Contexts 2. Historical And Socio-Political Contexts/Priorities/Issues (John)3. Example: Successful Melding of Centralized and Decentralised Curriculum Decision –Making (Marsh, Morris, Lo) Part 2: A Curriculum For New Times 4. Curriculum Design Approaches/Value Orientations/Priorities For Primary And Secondary Schools (Shirley)5. Example: "Learning To Learn" Basic Curriculum (Anthony )6. Example: Liberal Studies for Secondary School Students (John Lam/Colin)7. Example: Civic And Moral Education Under Chinese Sovereignty (Kerry) Part 3: Changing Classrooms 8. Pedagogy in Chinese Classrooms (Ko Po Yuk) 9. Example: Curriculum and Pedagogical Changes in Language Education (Wai Kwan (Alice) )10. Example: A Study of Small Class Teaching (Kc Lai, Paul Chan, John) Part 4: School Leadership 11. Transformational School Leadership/ Priorities/Issues (Alan Walker)12. Example: Curriculum Leadership Developments (Kt) Part 5: Implementation and Change 13. Initiating Change and Innovations/Approaches/Issues (Edmond )14. Example: Issues of Implementation at the Classroom Level (Jacqueline Kin Sang/Ping-Kwan Fok) Part 6: Assessment 15. Formative Assessment, Conceptions, Issues (Rita Berry)16. Example: School Based Assessment in Secondary Schools (Yan Zi)17. Example: Hong Kong Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment (Sammy) Part 7:School Evaluation 18. School Evaluation and Quality Assurance (Cc Lam)19. School Case Study (Cc Lam) Future Directions and Issues 20. Potentials/Challenges/Sustainability (John, Colin)
Colin Marsh is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He has had a wealth of experience teaching in areas such as teaching and learning, curriculum, evaluation, implementation, humanities. He has published many books in education, including Key Concepts for Understanding Curriculum (Routledge), currently in its fourth edition.
John Lee is Vice President (Academic) and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has published and co-edited many books in education, including Changing Schools in an Era of Globalization (Routledge, 2011) with Brian Caldwell.