1st Edition

Indonesian Education Past, Present, and Future

    256 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Offering an overview of the history, perspectives, and developments of education in Indonesia since the country’s independence in 1945, in this book the authors raise awareness of education's impact on national development in this unique context.

    With more than 50 million students, three million teachers, and 300,000 schools, Indonesia's most significant challenge for education is not only to improve access but also to improve the education quality to face the fast-paced world we live in today. The book traces the development of Indonesian education since 1945, highlighting its successes, failures, and responses to social, political, and economic changes. It addresses key issues such as legislation, school systems, education management, national policies, quality versus expansion, equity, curriculum, assessment, and unemployment. This book offers a nuanced understanding of the history of education in Indonesia and serves as a comparative reference for studies with other countries.

    The book will be a valuable resource for researchers, students and scholars of comparative education, educational history and Asian studies.

    1. Historical Perspective of Indonesia Education 2. Changes in National Education Policy in Indonesia 3. Decentralization and Autonomy in Indonesian Education 4. Education Issues and Challenges in Indonesia 5. Pathways, Types, and Levels of Education: The Evolution of Education Practice in Indonesia from Pre-Independence to Independence 6. Basic Education in Indonesia: The Historical Records and the Current Regulations 7. The Development of Vocational Education in Indonesia 8. Higher Education Development 9. Bridging the Gap: Exploring Access to Education in Indonesia 10. Quality and Equity of Student Performance in Indonesia 11. The changes in attitudes of 15-year-old Indonesian students towards mathematics, science and reading and their impact on student performance 12. Roadmap towards Improving Sustainable Education Quality 13. Free and Compulsory Basic Education leading to the Revised National Education Law 14. Vocational & Technical Education leading to the Revised National Education Law 15. Suggested Changes to Education Law on Vocational & Professional Education


    I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Adelaide, Australia. His most recently completed research project, funded by South Australia’s Department for Education, focused on the evaluation of the Brightpath program in public schools across South Australia.

    Ace Suryadi is a Professor in Economics of Education at the Indonesia University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia/UPI). His position as advisor to the Indonesia University of Education has enabled him to continue working on research-based policy analyses.

    Dasim Budimansyah is a Professor in Sociology of Citizenship at the Indonesia University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia/UPI). He has extensive experience in curriculum development and learning.

    Susilo Susilo is a Professor of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Mulawarman University (Universitas Mulawarman/UNMUL), Samarinda, Indonesia. He was a Fulbright research fellow at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.