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Asian Education Miracles

In Search of Sociocultural and Psychological Explanations, 1st Edition

Edited by Gregory Arief D. Liem, Ser Hong Tan


290 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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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 Girls in an Arabic Cultural Context
  32. Maher M. Abu-Hilal and Rashid Saif Almehrizi

  33. One Asia, Diverse Cultures, Multiple Forms of Student Motivation

Ser Hong Tan and Gregory Arief D. Liem


About the Editors

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:

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:

About the Series

Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia

The purpose of this series is to provide a comprehensive coverage of schooling issues in

Asia and a platform for exploring educational futures in the region. It also aims to:

• Locate schools in the broader social, political, economic and cultural contexts that

construct them.

• Investigate the ways schools cater for all groups of students, and in particular

disadvantaged groups, in the quest for equality of opportunity.

• Investigate the distinctive qualities of schools in Asia and the relationship of these

qualities to schooling outcomes.

• Highlight comparative issues in schooling across East-West divides including cultures,

digital technologies, socioeconomic well being and development trajectories of different


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Special Education / Gifted
EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies