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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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Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan

Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan

1st Edition

Kaori H. Okano
September 15, 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

Vicente Chua Reyes, Jr.
July 01, 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

Rattana Lao
May 20, 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

Bernard Spolsky, Kiwan Sung
April 09, 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

Hongzhi Zhang, Philip Wing Keung Chan, Jane Kenway
February 05, 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

Mi Ok Kang
November 21, 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

Cynthia Joseph, Julie Matthews
March 24, 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, ...

Muslim Education in the 21st Century Asian perspectives

Muslim Education in the 21st Century: Asian perspectives

1st Edition

Sa’eda Buang, Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
January 23, 2014

Muslim Education in the 21st Century reinvestigates the current state of affairs in Muslim education in Asia whilst at the same time paying special attention to Muslim schools’ perception of educational changes and the reasons for such changes. It highlights and explores the important question of ...

Creating Multicultural Citizens A Portrayal of Contemporary Indonesian Education

Creating Multicultural Citizens: A Portrayal of Contemporary Indonesian Education

1st Edition

Raihani
November 28, 2013

Despite the largest-scale decentralisation of education since 1999, which broadly led to the marketisation of education, it is not clear how school education responds to the multicultural realities of Indonesian society and ethno-religious conflicts. Creating Multicultural Citizens presents a ...

Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts

Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts

1st Edition

Mark Baildon, Kah Seng Loh, Ivy Maria Lim, Gül İnanç, Junaidah Jaffar
July 19, 2013

This book examines both history textbook controversies AND teaching historical controversy in Asian contexts. The different perspectives provided by the book’s authors offer numerous insights, examples, and approaches for understanding historical controversy to provide a practical gold mine for ...

Primary School English-Language Education in Asia From Policy to Practice

Primary School English-Language Education in Asia: From Policy to Practice

1st Edition

Bernard Spolsky, Young-in Moon
July 26, 2012

In Asia, English is no longer a foreign language but a key resource for education, government, business and the general public. Whereas thirty years ago, British and American experts believed that the best way to improve the quality of English teaching was to cancel any programs below the secondary...

A Critical Ethnography of 'Westerners' Teaching English in China Shanghaied in Shanghai

A Critical Ethnography of 'Westerners' Teaching English in China: Shanghaied in Shanghai

1st Edition

Phiona Stanley
October 26, 2012

Tens of thousands of Western ‘teachers’, many of whom would not be considered teachers elsewhere, are employed to teach English in public and private education in China. Little has previously been known, except anecdotally, about their experiences, about the effect they have on education in the ...

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