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Education Reform and Education Policy in East Asia

1st Edition

By Ka-ho Mok


272 pages

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This book assesses the impact of globalization on the education systems of key East Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the "tiger economies" of South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, examining how the increasingly interdependent economic system has driven policy change and education reform.

It discusses how policy makers have responded to changes required in educational outcomes in order to equip their societies for new global conditions and explores the impact of new approaches and ideologies related to globalization, such as marketization, privatization, governance changes, managerialism, economic rationalism and neo-liberalism, making comparisons across the region. Based upon in-depth research, fieldwork, literature analysis, policy document analysis and personal reflections of academics serving in the education sector, this volume recounts heated debates about the pros and cons of education restructuring in East Asia. The discussions on national responses and coping strategies in this volume offer highly relevant insights on how globalization has resulted in restructuring and draws lessons from comparative public policy analysis and comparative education studies.

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Part One: Education systems, policy change and education reforms

1. Globalization and structural adjustments: changing policy

2. Instruments and regulatory arrangements in education

3. Education systems and policy change in East Asia

4. Education in East Asian Tigers: regulation, provision and funding

5. Higher education in East Asia: common challenges and emerging trends

Part Two: Globalization and national responses

6. China’s response to globalization: educational decentralization and marketization in Post-Mao China

7. Hong Kong’s responses to globalization: questing for entrepreneurial universities

8. Singapore’s responses to globalization: marketization of education

9. Taiwan’s responses to globalization: changing governance in higher education

10. South Korea’s responses to globalization: internationalization of education

11. Japan’s responses to globalization: corporatization and changing university governance

12. Discussions and conclusions: globalization and education



About the Author

Centralization and Decentralization: Educational Reforms and Changing Governance in Chinese Societies (Kluwer, 2003)

Globalization and Marketization: A Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and Singapore (Edward Elgar, 2004).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies

The Asia Pacific has seen great social, environmental and economic change. The region is now the focus of considerable attention by the academic community. This series brings together the best of the current research from right across the social sciences and humanities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General