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Unlearning and re-inventing the theoretical frameworks of Intercultural and Asian Studies is central to this book as it is to Chen Kuan-Hsing’s evocative Asia as Method; this book’s inspirational source. Chen insists that studies of Asia move beyond their paralysing fixation on the West as either a positive or negative referent and that they develop their own standpoints, reference points and research agendas. Asia as Method in Education Studies, is therefore, a provocative and suggestive exploration of educational ideas imported from the West. Chen’s challenge provokes the writers in this collection to consider the implications of colonial and imperialist forces for education systems, policies and practices as well as for educational research itself. The writers offer examples of what it means to rethink and re-examine education in Asia beyond both the Western imperialist eye and the post-colonial ‘politics of resentment’. Asia as Method in Education Studies combines the diverse research of scholars from various countries of Asia as they consider, for example:
Highly anticipated for its novel contemporary perspectives, this book offers researchers specialising in educational studies and policy-making fresh practices of thought.
It’s a unique and ground-breaking project and promises to start a new movement in the field of education research. Angel Lin, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
In conclusion, Asia as Method in Education Studies: A Defiant Research Imagination is a unique reference, presenting the hard work of opening up to readers the possibility that Asia as method is an attitude and epistemological orientation for arguing how Asia can generate knowledge. Van-Trao Nguyen, Hanoi University
Preface: Can a Spider Weave its Way out of the Web that it is Being Woven into, Just as it Weaves? Angel M.Y. Lin 1. Introduction: Struggles to Construct New Research Imaginations in Response to Chen’s Challenges Philip Wing Keung Chan, Hongzhi Zhang & Jane Kenway 2. ‘Asia as Method’: Chen’s Conceptual Openings Jane Kenway 3. East-West Dialogue: Three Cases in Chinese Educational Research Hongzhi Zhang, Philip Chan, Yujia Wang & Cunzhen Yang 4. A Japanese Perspective on the Implications of Silence in Education Dat Bao 5. “Asia as [a] method” of Complexity and Dialogue Bin Wu 6. Generalizing the Self? Asianizing Perspectives on International Education and the Formation of Self Nhai Nguyen & Peodair Leihy 7. Revisiting ‘Local Wisdom’: Efforts to Improve Education Quality in Indonesia Paulus Kuswandono, Isti Gandana & Siti Rohani 8. Problematizing ‘National Identities’ and the ‘East-West Dichotomy’ through the Language Practices and Values of English Language Teacher Trainees in Vietnam Thuy Linh Le & Hai Ha Vu 9. Doing Educational Research in Asia: Contextualizing Western Methodology in Bangladesh Mohammod Moninoor Roshid, Mohammad Nure Alam Siddique, Md. Mahbub Alam Sarkar, Foez Ahmed Mozumder & Hosne Ara Begum 10. Against Asia-centric Methods: Australia-China Theoretic-linguistic Knowledge Co-production Michael Singh 11. A Collaborative Postscript: Imagination, Aspiration, Anticipation and Hesitation Hongzhi Zhang, Philip Wing Keung Chan & Jane Kenway
In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.
The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.