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Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education


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In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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School Leadership in Malaysia Policy, Research and Practice

School Leadership in Malaysia: Policy, Research and Practice

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Tony Bush
November 19, 2021

This new book provides a comprehensive overview of school leadership in Malaysia, at a time when effective leadership is widely recognised to be an essential component of successful schools. It is also timely because leadership is regarded as a vital element in the Government’s ambitious ...

Families, the State and Educational Inequality in the Singapore City-State

Families, the State and Educational Inequality in the Singapore City-State

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Charleen Chiong
September 30, 2021

Focusing on Singapore’s education system from an equity perspective, Chiong’s book describes the often unheard perspectives of socio-economically disadvantaged families in Singapore. The performance of Singaporean students on international education benchmarking tests has been widely recognised. ...

Tamils, Social Capital and Educational Marginalization in Singapore Labouring to Learn

Tamils, Social Capital and Educational Marginalization in Singapore: Labouring to Learn

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Lavanya Balachandran
July 23, 2021

Labouring to Learn examines academic mobility pathways among ethnic minority Tamil youths in public secondary schools and vocational institutions in Singapore. The book qualitatively examines the interactive effects of race and class on the educational performance of Tamil youths through the lens ...

The Privatisation of Higher Education in Postcolonial Bangladesh The Politics of Intervention and Control

The Privatisation of Higher Education in Postcolonial Bangladesh: The Politics of Intervention and Control

1st Edition

By Ariful H. Kabir, Raqib Chowdhury
May 17, 2021

This book problematises contemporary realities of the political dimension of the privatisation of higher education in Bangladesh. By exploring the complexities of neoliberalism as an economic and ideological doctrine, a mode of governance, and as a policy package, it considers the ‘post’ ...

Education and Social Justice in Japan

Education and Social Justice in Japan

1st Edition

By Kaori H. Okano
December 10, 2020

This book is an up-to-date critical examination of schooling in Japan by an expert in this field. It focuses on developments in the last two decades, with a particular interest in social justice. Japan has experienced slow economic growth, changed employment practices, population decline, an aging ...

Internationalization of Teacher Education and the Nation State Rethinking Nationalization in Singapore

Internationalization of Teacher Education and the Nation State: Rethinking Nationalization in Singapore

1st Edition

By Rita Z. Nazeer-Ikeda
October 30, 2020

The relationship between teacher education and internationalization is often regarded as one that has just begun, sparked by globalization and its knowledge economy. This book questions such an assumption by arguing that although contemporary demands on teacher education have intensified the need ...

Students' Experiences of Teaching and Learning Reforms in Vietnamese Higher Education

Students' Experiences of Teaching and Learning Reforms in Vietnamese Higher Education

1st Edition

By Tran Le Huu Nghia, Ly Thi Tran
October 30, 2020

Located within the global changing contexts of higher education in the 21st century, this book examines the reform of the teaching and learning practices in Vietnamese universities under the Higher Education Reform Agenda and the influence of internationalization on the higher education sector. ...

Localizing Global English Asian Perspectives and Practices

Localizing Global English: Asian Perspectives and Practices

1st Edition

Edited By Hikyoung Lee, Bernard Spolsky
October 21, 2020

English is the most widely taught and learned language in the world and is used for communication among speakers from different language backgrounds. How it can be effectively taught and learned, what English means to, and how it can be "owned" by, non-native speakers of English in Asia and ...

Is It Time to Let Meritocracy Go? Examining the Case of Singapore

Is It Time to Let Meritocracy Go?: Examining the Case of Singapore

1st Edition

By Nadira Talib
July 21, 2020

Despite meritocratic claims of equal opportunity, official statistics released by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, reveal that a large segment of the Malay population has sustained the lowest academic achievement from 1987 to 2011. This statistical representation raises the possibility of a ...

Building Teacher Capacity in English Language Teaching in Vietnam Research, Policy and Practice

Building Teacher Capacity in English Language Teaching in Vietnam: Research, Policy and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Van Canh Le, Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen, Thi Thuy Minh Nguyen, Roger Barnard
August 08, 2019

This timely volume opens a window on issues related to English language education in Vietnam. The authors consider that teacher quality is the key factor to be considered if the national English language curriculum outcomes are to be achievable. Aiming to shed light on key issues recently observed ...

The Governance and Management of Universities in Asia Global Influences and Local Responses

The Governance and Management of Universities in Asia: Global Influences and Local Responses

1st Edition

Edited By Chang Da Wan, Molly N.N. Lee, Hoe Yeong Loke
April 03, 2019

This volume seeks to identify and explore the dynamics of global forces on the development of higher education in Asia, in particular, how neoliberalism has affected reforms on university governance and management in the region. It includes a set of country-specific studies on how various countries...

Teacher Education for English as a Lingua Franca Perspectives from Indonesia

Teacher Education for English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives from Indonesia

1st Edition

Edited By Subhan Zein
November 26, 2018

This edited collection responds to a gap in the literature by presenting a much-needed examination of both the theoretical and practical aspects of teacher education for English as a lingua franca in Indonesia. Through a series of extended research-based and conceptual chapters written by experts ...

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