1st Edition

Curriculum Innovation in Challenging Times Contexts, Innovations and Impacts in East Asian Schools

Edited By Huixuan Xu Copyright 2025
    432 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Following closely behind the global pandemic’s recent forced challenges to schools and teachers, Xu gives an overview of how educational researchers and schools in Asia respond to challenges in times of change.

    Her research focuses on how they adjust or change curriculum policy and practice to find a balance between developing innovation in response to fast-changing societal needs and maintaining the existing education systems that traditionally predict success for students. In this book, curriculum innovation is documented in three themes: 21st century skills and competency-based curriculum, technology-supported curriculum, and equity in curriculum. Xu includes three types of chapters: (1) case studies that provide detailed analyses of curriculum innovation at the school or country level, (2) conceptual analyses that deepen our understanding of curriculum issues using a new lens, and (3) literature reviews that provide an overview of research in particular topics. 

    The volume will be of great interest to researchers and educators interested in the role of curriculum innovation in times of change. In particular, it focuses on the ways innovative curriculum provides opportunities for individual students to maximize their potential while also acknowledging the constraints of local education systems.

    1. Curriculum innovation in East Asian schools: An introduction Huixuan Xu  Part 1: Competence-based curriculum  2. Project-based and problem-based learning in mainland Chinese schools Huixuan Xu  3. Singapore’s 21st-century competencies through the complexity lens Sotharoth Chey  4. Exploring the relationship between the implementation of a junior secondary Chinese History curriculum and the cultivation of students’ civic consciousness Ping Kwan Fok and Huixuan Xu  5. Big ideas in the Mathematics curriculum: Critical characteristics and teaching principles in an Asian educational context Qiaoping Zhang, Xixi Deng, and Yiru Chen  6. Chinese Physical Education student teachers’ knowledge of self-regulated learning Yahui Cao and Huixuan Xu  Part 2: Technology in curriculum  7. STREAM education as an innovative niche to cultivate humanistic values: A school-based curriculum exemplar in Hong Kong Suria Suet Yee Kong   8. Teachers’ perceptions of integrating digital technologies into formative assessment: Evidence from a medical university in mainland China Yuhan Xiong and Zi Yan  9. Digital divide in students’ online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of Hong Kong Xiaoxuan Fang, Lanfang Gao, and Huixuan Xu  Part 3: Equity in curriculum  10. Changes in schools under the “double reduction” policy in mainland China Yaqing Shi and Kevin Wai Ho Yung  11. The promise of the school curriculum for every student – A self-determination theory perspective Bick Har Lam  12. Towards a “caring” curriculum: Promoting cultural equity in preservice teacher education Jan Gube, Kerry J Kennedy, and Terri N. C. Chan  13. Affective-related content in the Chinese mathematics curriculum: A comprehensive review of syllabus changes in compulsory education in mainland China Qiaoping Zhang  14. Curriculum for the future in East Asia: Issues and prospects Chi-Kin John Lee and Huixuan Xu


    Huixuan Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Education University of Hong Kong. She works in the fields of curriculum studies and service learning. Her research interests include integrated curriculum, service learning, adolescents’ identity formation, and self-regulated learning.