1st Edition

Asian Education Miracles In Search of Sociocultural and Psychological Explanations

Edited By Gregory Arief Liem, Ser Hong Tan Copyright 2019
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    With a focus on Asian contexts, this book brings together knowledge on how values and practices, embedded and practised in the classroom, school, family, and the society at large, can influence students’ motivation, engagement and psychological well-being. The book synthesizes research on students and systems from culturally diverse Asian countries and economies, including Cambodia, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and beyond. The book takes special interest in applying the insights gained from understanding students’ motivation, engagement, and well-being within their sociocultural contexts. Importantly, chapters in the book are grounded on thorough theoretical reviews and sound empirical findings, which together inform practical applications to enhance the motivation, engagement, and well-being of students in the Asian region. Taken together, this book will serve as a comprehensive and authoritative source for scholars, researchers, and practitioners (teachers, school policy makers, and educators in general) who are interested in examining and enhancing student motivation, engagement, and well-being from Asian perspectives.

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    About the Authors

    1. Sociocultural and Psychological Foundations of the Asian Education Miracles

    2. Gregory Arief D. Liem and Ser Hong Tan

    3. Cambodian Students’ Motivation for Learning: The Role of Teachers and Parenting Practices

    4. Whitney Szmodis, Sothy Eng, and Chelsea Cooper

    5. Social Goal Orientation, Behavioral Engagement and Coping of Hong Kong Chinese Students

    6. Rebecca Wing-yi Cheng, Bobby Fook Hin Leung, and Dennis M. McInerney

    7. The Asian Indian Hindu Immigrant Adolescents’ Experiences of Home-School Cultural Dissonance and Achievement Motivation: Do Parenting Practices Matter?

    8. Revathy Kumar and Sarita Y. Shukla

    9. Indonesian Students’ Academic Engagement and the Role of Teachers’ Teaching Behavior in Secondary Education

    10. Ridwan Maulana, Yulia Irnidayanti, Marjon Fokkens-Bruinsma, and Michelle Helms-Lorenz

    11. Autonomous Motivation and the Need for Autonomy: Findings and New Theoretical Developments in Israel

    12. Haya Kaplan and Avi Assor

    13. Growing Up in the Walled Garden: Motivation, Engagement, and the Japanese Educational Experience

    14. W. L. Quint Oga-Baldwin and Luke K. Fryer

    15. Why Aren’t Korean Students Happy? Tracing Back to the Sources of Their Academic Distress

    16. Da-Jung Shin, Hyun Ji Lee, Jung Eun Ha, Jin Hyun Park, Elena Son, and Mimi Bong

    17. Sociocultural Dimensions of Student Motivation: Research Approaches and Insights from the Philippines

    18. Allan B. I. Bernardo

    19. Exploring the Power of Teacher Feedback in Chinese Students: Testing the Relationships between Students’ Feedback Beliefs and Student Engagement

    20. Lan Yang and Min Yang

    21. Parental Expectation and Pressure, Achievement Motivation, and Engagement of Singapore Students: A Self-determination Theory Perspective

    22. Wenshu Luo and Yenming Zhang

    23. Feedback as Implicit Motivational Incentives: Approach and Avoidant Achievement Motivated Singaporean University Students’ Responses to Success versus Failure Feedback

    24. Joyce S. Pang

    25. Effort Beliefs Count: The Predictive Effects of Effort Beliefs on Students’ Emotion, Attribution, and Behavior Toward Academic Failure in a Confucian Cultural Context

    26. Shun-Wen Chen, Bih-Jen Fwu, Chih-Fen Wei, and Hsiou-Huai Wang

    27. Expanding on the Theoretical Concept of ‘Optimization’ for Effective Learning: Establishing Empirical Evidence from an Eastern Sociocultural Context

    28. Huy P. Phan and Bing Ngu

    29. Learning Environments and Student Motivation and Engagement: A Review of Studies from Thailand

    30. Ravinder Koul, Thanita Lerdpornkulrat, and Chanut Poondej

    31. Relations among Various Motivational Constructs with Academic Achievement for Boys and G


    Gregory Arief D. Liem is an Associate Professor at the Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, School Psychology International, and The Asia Pacific Journal of Education. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, and the Asia-Pacific Education Researcher. He is the book series editor of "Research on Sociocultural Influences on Learning and Motivation" (Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina). His research interest mainly centers on understanding student motivation, engagement, and well-being through a sociocultural lens. Email: [email protected]

    Ser Hong Tan is a PhD candidate at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research areas look into motives as well as achievement motivation. Specifically, she studies achievement goals and how they guide students’ motivational and educational outcomes. She is also interested in understanding how different cultures shape individuals’ mindsets which in turn affect their motivation. Email: [email protected]