The Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies
Schools for the Knowledge Society
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Changing Role of Schools in Asian Societies by Kerry J. Kennedy
Book DescriptionWalk 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 Societies is 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415412001
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kerry J. Kennedy
Citizenship Education in China, Hardback (October 2013)
This title analyzes the citizenship education issues under discussion within China and aims to provide a voice for its scholars at a time when China's international role is becoming increasingly important.
Citizenship Pedagogies in Asia and the Pacific, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Kerry J. Kennedy
This volume focuses on citizenship pedagogies that are promoted by governments in the region, advocated by scholars, and adapted in the schools and classrooms where citizenship education takes place every day.
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Author Biography - Kerry J. Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy is Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Professional and Early Childhood Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. John Chi-kin Lee is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Dean of the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for University and School Partnership.
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