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

Learning from Shanghai

Lessons on Achieving Educational Success

Authors: Tan, Charlene

  • Offers in-depth and original analysis of the policies, people and practices that underpin Shanghai’s educational success
  • Combines both scholarly research and the author’s personal insight
  • Includes empirical research conducted in Shanghai schools and with Shanghai school leaders, teachers and students from 2011 to 2012
  • Identifies factors in educational success, using Shanghai as a case study for policymakers, academics, educators and the general public
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The Shanghai school system has attracted worldwide attention since its impressive performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009. The system ranks as a ‘stunning success’ according to standards of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Shanghai also stands out for having the world’s highest percentage of ‘resilient students’ – students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who emerge as top performers. Learning From Shanghai: Lessons on Educational Success offers a close-up view of the people and the policies that have achieved such world-class performance. Based on research and personal observation gathered during the author’s recent field work with school principals, teachers and students, this book explores the factors that explain Shanghai’s exceptional success in education. The approach combines high standards of scholarly research and analysis with the author’s unique personal insights, as evidenced by chapters entitled Education is Filling a Bucket and Lighting a Fire and Tiger Mothers, Dragon Children. Drawing on her experience as an education professional and a teacher of teachers, Charlene Tan thoroughly examines and analyzes the people, the policies and the practices that distinguish Shanghai educators. The contents include comprehensive details on the Shanghai approach to quality education, from discussion of the balance between centralization and decentralization, to school autonomy and accountability, to testing policy and professional development for teachers. The book includes detailed tables on curriculum and school performance targets, sample appraisal forms for teachers and students, and dozens of photographs. The author is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the authors

Charlene TAN is an associate professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She was a visiting research associate at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. Since 2008, she has been teaching a Master’s course on educational policy making to Shanghai school leaders.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • The Beginning: Shanghai, PISA and Globalisation

    Tan, Charlene

    Pages 1-18

  • A Conversation with a Shanghai Principal

    Tan, Charlene

    Pages 21-31

  • The Chinese Teacher as a Chess Master

    Tan, Charlene

    Pages 33-41

  • ‘Education Is Filling a Bucket and Lighting a Fire’: The Shanghai Teacher

    Tan, Charlene

    Pages 43-51

  • Tiger Mothers, Dragon Children

    Tan, Charlene

    Pages 53-65

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-981-4560-85-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learning from Shanghai
Book Subtitle
Lessons on Achieving Educational Success
Authors
Series Title
Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-981-4021-87-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-4021-87-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-4021-86-9
Softcover ISBN
978-981-4560-85-6
Series ISSN
1573-5397
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 246
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