Asia Pacific Education:
Diversity, Challenges and Changes
Edited by Philip Wing Keung Chan
Education in Asia Pacific countries is being transformed by globalisation and the market economy. Most economies within the region have flourished due to increased regional capital flow, trade and other forms of economic and political interaction. The Asia Pacific also has rich and unique traditions, which create cultural diversity as well as common challenges, including obstacles of language and geographical separation. While these countries are well documented in Western scholarship, there is a growing reaction to the predominance of Western social theories. This response is fuelling recognition of and movement towards theories that reference the wide range of contextual and cultural perspectives available in the East.
The contributors to this volume are currently researching contemporary education in Asia Pacific countries. They offer Eastern-oriented perspectives on teacher education, parent participation, government withdrawal, textbook content, uses of modern technology, the challenges of the migrating families and tertiary students who travel from overseas for study. These commentaries highlight the issues of equity, identity and social justice and also open up dialogue between social theories that reference East as well as West.
Divided into five parts, the book covers:
- Subject Teaching
- Early Childhood Education
- Language and Literacy
- Education Systems and Policies
- Equity, Identity and Social Justice
About the Editor
Philip Wing Keung Chan is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He has worked in course development and training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers. He was a convenor of Monash Education Research Community (MERC) and is leading a second publishing project titled ‘Asia as Method in Education Studies’ at Monash University.
John Loughran, Monash University
Jane Kenway, Monash University
Joce Nuttall, Australian Catholic University
Terri Seddon, Monash University
Ilana Snyder, Monash University
Philip Wing Keung Chan, Monash University
Liang Li, Monash University
Hai Nguyen, Monash University
Nguyen Thi Nhai, Monash University
Phan Thi Thu Hien, Monash University
John Pardy, Monash University
S M Hafizur Rahman, Monash University
Kellie Sanders, Monash University
Mahbub Sarkar, Monash University
Byanjana Sharma, Monash University
Hazel Tan, Monash University
Ekaterina Tour, Monash University
Worawoot Tutwisoot, Monash University
Pui Ling Wong, Monash University
Cunzhen Yang, Monash University
Hongzhi Zhang, Monash University
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