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Science Education in East Asia

Pedagogical Innovations and Research-informed Practices

Editors: Khine, Myint Swe (Ed.)

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  • Helps readers develop their understanding of teaching and learning approaches in science education in the East Asian region
  • Presents an overview of educational reforms and pedagogical innovations in science education in East Asian countries
  • Discusses emerging research on the cultural and educational practices that lead to the successful learning of science amongst East Asian students  
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This book presents innovations in teaching and learning science, novel approaches to science curriculum, cultural and contextual factors in promoting science education and improving the standard and achievement of students in East Asian countries. The authors in this book discuss education reform and science curriculum changes and promotion of science and STEM education, parental roles and involvement in children's education, teacher preparation and professional development and research in science education in the context of international benchmarking tests to measure the knowledge of mathematics and science such as the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and achievement in science, mathematics and reading like Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Among the high achieving countries, the performance of the students in East Asian countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and China (Shanghai) are notable. This book investigates the reasons why students from East Asian countries consistently claim the top places in each and every cycle of those study. It brings together prominent science educators and researchers from East Asia to share their experience and findings, reflection and vision on emerging trends, pedagogical innovations and research-informed practices in science education in the region. It provides insights into effective educational strategies and development of science education to international readers.

About the authors

Myint Swe Khine is Professor and Program Chair of Assessment and Evaluation Centre at the Emirates College for Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates. He obtained Masters Degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and Doctor of Science Education from Curtin University, Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Science and Mathematics Education Centre at Curtin University, Australia. He has published widely and edited books on science education. Recent books published by Springer include Advances in Nature of Science Research (2012), Perspectives on Scientific Argumentation (2012) and Critical Analysis of Science Textbooks (2013).

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In the twenty-first century, science is seen as a global enterprise. Similarly, science education is recognised as a priority in educational systems throughout the world. Yet even when there is widespread commonality in the science set out to be learnt in national curricula, it is necessary to pay attention to local context when planning - or seeking to understand - science teaching and learning. Contextual factors such as the language of instruction, cultural norms, shared epistemological commitments, and local value systems impact upon the perception and enactment of different pedagogies and on a learner’s understanding of taught concepts. Yet many influential texts on science teaching are primarily based upon research in a limited range of cultural contexts (often Western Europe, North America and Australasia). This book offers a wide spread of studies looking at different aspects of science education from East Asia. This collection will be of great value to science educators in that region and to scholars in comparative education. It will also be illuminating to all those working in science education who are interested in teasing out the way cultural influences overlay and complement universal features of human cognition in determining how learners respond to science teaching.

 

Keith Taber

Faculty of Education

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Research and Development in Science Education: East Asian Perspectives

    Pages 3-9

    Khine, Myint Swe

  • Effective Classroom Pedagogy and Beyond for Promoting Scientific Literacy: Is There an East Asian Model?

    Pages 13-40

    Lau, Kwok-chi (et al.)

  • Confucianism, Chinese Families, and Academic Achievement: Exploring How Confucianism and Asian Descendant Parenting Practices Influence Children’s Academic Achievement

    Pages 41-66

    Huang, Grace Hui-Chen (et al.)

  • The Chinese Classic Philosophy of Learning and Teaching: Exploring Insights of the “Essay on Learning”

    Pages 67-91

    Zhang, Yenming (et al.)

  • The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Engaging Parents in Their Children’s Science Learning in Informal Contexts: Theoretical Perspectives and Applications

    Pages 93-121

    Lee, Ai Noi (et al.)

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $159.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-36469-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science Education in East Asia
Book Subtitle
Pedagogical Innovations and Research-informed Practices
Editors
  • Myint Swe Khine
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-16390-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-16390-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-16389-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36469-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 637
Number of Illustrations
71 b/w illustrations
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