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Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education


About the Series

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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Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia Trends of student mobility and impact on education governance

Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia: Trends of student mobility and impact on education governance

1st Edition

Edited By Ka-Ho Mok, Kar Ming Yu
December 14, 2016

The rise in demand for higher education in the Asia-Pacific region is an undeniable reflection of the growing pace of globalization and the subsequent pressures imposed by it. Aspiring to become globally competitive and to position favourably in the global university league tables, governments in ...

Making Sense of Education in Post-Handover Hong Kong Achievements and challenges

Making Sense of Education in Post-Handover Hong Kong: Achievements and challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Kwan-Choi Tse, Michael H. Lee
November 08, 2016

Since 1997 when Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, a string of education reforms have been introduced to improve the quality of education and maintain Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness in the age of globalization. This book provides a ...

Policy Discourses in Malaysian Education A nation in the making

Policy Discourses in Malaysian Education: A nation in the making

1st Edition

Edited By Suseela Malakolunthu, Nagappan C. Rengasamy
November 09, 2016

Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has become a globally-recognised industrial trading partner. With a 60% Muslim population, it also enjoys the reputation of being a moderate and peaceful nation. However, with just a short time left to realising its Vision 2020 of developed nationhood, the ...

Languages in the Malaysian Education System Monolingual strands in multilingual settings

Languages in the Malaysian Education System: Monolingual strands in multilingual settings

1st Edition

Edited By Asmah Haji Omar
December 10, 2015

This book provides an overview of language education in Malaysia, covering topics such as the evolution of the education system from pre-independence days to the present time, to the typology of schools, and the public philosophy behind every policy made in the teaching of languages. The book ...

Knowledge, Control and Critical Thinking in Singapore State ideology and the politics of pedagogic recontextualization

Knowledge, Control and Critical Thinking in Singapore: State ideology and the politics of pedagogic recontextualization

1st Edition

By Leonel Lim
September 30, 2015

This book examines how critical thinking is regulated in Singapore through the process of what the influential sociologist of education Basil Bernstein termed "pedagogic recontextualization". The ability of critical thinking to speak to alternative possibilities and individual autonomy as well as ...

Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan

Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan

1st Edition

Edited By Kaori H. Okano
September 30, 2015

Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan critically examines an aspect of education that has received little attention to date: intentional teaching and learning activities that occur outside formal schooling. In the last two decades nonformal education has rapidly increased in extent and ...

Mapping the Terrain of Education Reform Global trends and local responses in the Philippines

Mapping the Terrain of Education Reform: Global trends and local responses in the Philippines

1st Edition

By Vicente Chua Reyes, Jr.
June 26, 2015

This book envisions the formulation of critical perspectives on education reform using the Philippine experience, recognizing the need to address relevant issues and challenges particularly in an increasingly globalized twenty-first century setting. A specific education reform project, the ...

A Critical Study of Thailand's Higher Education Reforms The culture of borrowing

A Critical Study of Thailand's Higher Education Reforms: The culture of borrowing

1st Edition

By Rattana Lao
May 13, 2015

This book offers a critical examination of contemporary higher education reforms in Thailand situated in the broader historical, socio-economic and political changes. Through a qualitative case study with three methods of inquiry, this book explores why different 'global education policies' such ...

Secondary School English Education in Asia From policy to practice

Secondary School English Education in Asia: From policy to practice

1st Edition

Edited By Bernard Spolsky, Kiwan Sung
April 10, 2015

Continuing on from the previously published Primary School English-Language Education in Asia: From Policy to Practice (Moon & Spolsky, 2012), this book compiles the proceedings which took place at the 2011 annual conference of AsiaTEFL which took place in Seoul, Korea. It surveys the current ...

Asia as Method in Education Studies A defiant research imagination

Asia as Method in Education Studies: A defiant research imagination

1st Edition

Edited By Hongzhi Zhang, Philip Wing Keung Chan, Jane Kenway
February 19, 2015

 Unlearning and re-inventing the theoretical frameworks of Intercultural and Asian Studies is central to this book as it is to Chen Kuan-Hsing’s evocative Asia as Method; this book’s inspirational source. Chen insists that studies of Asia move beyond their paralysing fixation on the West as either ...

Multicultural Education in South Korea Language, ideology, and culture in Korean language arts education

Multicultural Education in South Korea: Language, ideology, and culture in Korean language arts education

1st Edition

By Mi Ok Kang
November 26, 2014

This book examines the political, ideological, and socio-cultural politics underlying the 2009 National Multicultural Curriculum Reform and recent multicultural education policies in South Korea. Unlike the conservative groups in Western countries who argue that supporting cultural diversity and ...

Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Cynthia Joseph, Julie Matthews
March 27, 2014

Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia addresses the ways in which colonial histories, nationalist impulses and forces of globalization shape equity and access to education in Southeast Asia. Although increasingly identified as a regional grouping (ASEAN), Malaysia, ...

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