Education Reform and Education Policy in East Asia

Education Reform and Education Policy in East Asia

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This book assesses the impact of globalization on the education systems of key East Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the "tiger economies" of South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, examining how the increasingly interdependent economic system has driven policy change and education reform.

It discusses how policy makers have responded to changes required in educational outcomes in order to equip their societies for new global conditions and explores the impact of new approaches and ideologies related to globalization, such as marketization, privatization, governance changes, managerialism, economic rationalism and neo-liberalism, making comparisons across the region.

Based upon in-depth research, fieldwork, literature analysis, policy document analysis and personal reflections of academics serving in the education sector, this volume recounts heated debates about the pros and cons of education restructuring in East Asia. The discussions on national responses and coping strategies in this volume offer highly relevant insights on how globalization has resulted in restructuring and draws lessons from comparative public policy analysis and comparative education studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 544g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21 Line drawings, black and white; 20 Tables, black and white
  • 0415368146
  • 9780415368148

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Part One: Education systems, policy change and education reforms

1. Globalization and structural adjustments: changing policy

2. Instruments and regulatory arrangements in education

3. Education systems and policy change in East Asia

4. Education in East Asian Tigers: regulation, provision and funding

5. Higher education in East Asia: common challenges and emerging trends

Part Two: Globalization and national responses

6. China's response to globalization: educational decentralization and marketization in Post-Mao China

7. Hong Kong's responses to globalization: questing for entrepreneurial universities

8. Singapore's responses to globalization: marketization of education

9. Taiwan's responses to globalization: changing governance in higher education

10. South Korea's responses to globalization: internationalization of education

11. Japan's responses to globalization: corporatization and changing university governance

12. Discussions and conclusions: globalization and education


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About Ka-Ho Mok

Centralization and Decentralization: Educational Reforms and Changing Governance in Chinese Societies (Kluwer, 2003)

Globalization and Marketization: A Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and Singapore (Edward Elgar, 2004).
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