The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies: Schools for the Knowledge Society by Kerry J. KennedyThe Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies: Schools for the Knowledge Society by Kerry J. Kennedy

The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies: Schools for the Knowledge Society

byKerry J. Kennedy, John Chi-kin LeeEditorKerry J. Kennedy

Hardcover | January 7, 2008

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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:

  • provides an overview of educational issues in Asian societies
  • establishes a broad theoretical framework in which these issues can be understood
  • contextualizes issues by providing country case studies
  • acknowledges the important role of culture influencing educational priorities.

It should be of interest to all those working in education policy and comparative education.

Kerry Kennedyis Professorand Dean inthe Faculty of Professional and Early Childhood Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education.John Chi-kin Leeis Professor inthe Department of Curriculum and Instruction atthe Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Dean of the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for University and ...
Title:The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies: Schools for the Knowledge SocietyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:January 7, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415412005

ISBN - 13:9780415412001

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Table of Contents

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