Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects

Reforming Learning

Concepts, Issues and Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region

Editors: Ng, Clarence, Renshaw, Peter D. (Eds.)

  • Discusses current educational reforms in selected countries within the Asia-Pacific region
  • Clarifies concepts, issues, and practices related to reforming learning in these countries
  • Explores how learning and teaching are affected by educational reforms in these countries
  • Highlights the importance of understanding the diverse relationships between reform, learning and teaching within specific historic, political and sociocultural contexts
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In the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, various reform initiatives, policies and programmes have been carried out in different countries within the Asia-Pacific region. All these reform efforts aim to restructure different aspects of schooling in order to promote learning and to prepare students for future challenges in globalised economies. These measures to a certain extent challenge traditional practices, established arrangements and deep-seated assumptions related to different aspects of learning. The authors in this book discuss educational reforms in different countries in the Asia-Pacific region in light of student learning, clarify their concepts, evaluate implementation and impact on the learning processes, with a hope that we can learn better from each other and develop a better understanding of "contemporary" learning and teaching processes within the region. The central argument running through different chapters in this book highlights the importance of understanding reforms and learning within their historical, political and sociocultural contexts.

Reforming learning involves changes in established cultural practices in our schools, classrooms, and other learning sites, and therefore inevitably arouses tensions and negotiations. The discussion in this book puts to the fore the disputable nature of reforming learning and the significance of contextualising the complex relationship between reforms and learning.

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"The explosion of interactive technology has provided both opportunities and challenges to educational institutions. In this volume, Ng … and Renshaw (education, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, AU) present reports from several Asian Pacific countries on how learning is being facilitated in the light of increased globalization. … Many of the proposals made will be of interest to educators in other parts of the world." (SciTech Book News, November, 2009)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Reforming Learning in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Introduction

    Ng, Chi-Hung

    Pages 3-22

  • Exploring the Linkage Between Reforms and Learning in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Activity Theory Perspective

    Ng, Chi-Hung

    Pages 23-40

  • Reforming Mathematics Education: Theorising Teachers' and Students' Use of Technology

    Goos, Merrilyn

    Pages 43-65

  • Reforming Learning and Teaching Through Online Collaborative Knowledge Building

    Yuen, Allan H. K. (et al.)

    Pages 67-86

  • Technological Barriers to Learning: Designing Hybrid Pedagogy To Minimise Cognitive Load and Maximise Understanding

    Bahr, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 87-107

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eBook $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reforming Learning
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Issues and Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region
Editors
  • Clarence Ng
  • Peter D. Renshaw
Series Title
Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3024-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-3024-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3002-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6766-1
Series ISSN
1573-5397
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 376
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