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Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To OvercomeTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome by Wan Chang-Da & Benedict Weerasena

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To KnowTests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know by Soh Kaycheng

Assessment, mainly in the form of tests and examinations, plays a critical role in the schooling of Singaporean students. This book is written with school leaders, teachers, and parents in mind, with the view of helping them to better understand the processes and products of assessment via tests and exams. It is written in simple terms, using minimal technical terms, and introduces school leaders, teachers, and parents to essential concepts and principles of educational measurements which are relevant in the school context in Singapore.

Speaking Of UniversitiesSpeaking Of Universities by Collini, Stefan

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalization forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. Historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does 'marketization' threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of 'accountability' distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to 'focus on what is actually happening and the clichés behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better'.

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And ChallengesEducation And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges by Lee Hock Guan (Ed.)

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching QualityEmpowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality by Goodwin, A. Lin ; Low Ee-Ling & L. Darling-Hammond

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And ChallengesPrivate Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges by Sam Choon-Yin

Not much has been written about the private education sector in Singapore despite the fact that the sector houses about 300 private education institutions (PEIs) and enrolls about 150,000 students. In this book, the author offers an extensive discussion on (i) the key elements of the sector - types and features of the PEIs, (ii) the regulatory framework for private education, (iii) students' aspiration and the impact of the ASPIRE report on PEIs, and (iv) the provision of external degree programme through transnational partnership. The book also tackles the hotly debated discussion in relation to academic quality and standard of PEI courses.

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast AsiaTranslating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia by Pols, Hans; C. M. Thompson & John H. Warner (Eds.)

Until recently, receiving a European or North American-style medical education in Southeast Asia was a profoundly transformative experience, as western conceptions of the body differed significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanations. Further, conceptions of the human body had to be translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. Translating the Body is the first book to present the history of biomedical education across Southeast Asia. The contributors chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education campaigns in the region, and the ways in which practitioners of what came to be conceived of as "traditional medicine" in many Southeast Asian countries organized themselves in response.

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The WorldPisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World by Soh Kaycheng

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is gaining increasing attention among education authorities of the world. The number of participating economies almost doubled in the past one and a half decades, increasing from 43 in 2000 when it first started to 74 in 2015. PISA assesses the performance in Reading, Mathematics, and Science of 15-year-olds with different emphases rotating among the three subjects in different exercises. The attention of the participating economies has been focused almost exclusively on the ranking results which are used to evaluate the standings and progress of their education systems, although PISA does cover many background conditions which might have influenced the performance. Interestingly, East Asian economies have been consistently in the leading positions, and Finland has been frequently cited as a model for the Western economies and even the world to emulate. This monograph contains many secondary analyses of PISA data. Using mainly simple and layman language, it equips educational administrators and policy makers with in-depth insights into some of the intricacies inherent in the PISA data for a more appropriate understanding. It is readily appreciated that such an understanding is needed to prevent misinterpretation and avoid unsound policy or wasteful action.

Educational Psychology: An Asia EditionEducational Psychology: An Asia Edition by Tan Oon-Seng; Yen-Leng Stefanie Chye Et Al

Recent international studies such as PISA and TIMMS point to the success of Asian educational systems in equipping their learners with fundamentals and problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges of a complex knowledge-based era. This adaptation of Educational Psychology with an Asian contextualisation provides an excellent resource for student-teachers to weave psychology into educational studies, curriculum studies and teaching practice. Insights from the National Institute of Education model of teacher education and the pragmatics of theory-practice links, pedagogical innovations and professional learning communities are incorporated. Realistic cases are provided within the texts for the teacher to reflect upon and relate back to one's beliefs, philosophy and practice.

Speaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao PerspectivesSpeaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao Perspectives by Pang Eng Fong & Arnoud De Meyer (Eds.)

This collection of essays by local and exchange students of SMU who were brought together to develop a deeper understanding of Singapore's extraordinary progress in the past half century arose from a new course, Singapore in the World, the World in Singapore. The diverse perspectives - Singaporeans interpreting their experiences through a wider lens and exchange students bringing their views from home to make sense of a new country - challenge and augment the national narrative absorbed by locals who have been through the Singapore school system.

50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System by N. Varaprasad

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.

Chinese Education In Singapore: An Untold Story Of Conflict And ChangeChinese Education In Singapore: An Untold Story Of Conflict And Change by Zhang Zhixiong

The story of the conflict in Singapore's Chinese community was always told from the viewpoint of the British colonizers. A coolie's perspective was never written down. Until now. Set between the founding of Singapore and the shuttering of Nanyang University, this narrative is a colorful account of secret societies and their wars, of Sinitic languages and dialects, and of suppressions by a colonial government in a free port. Its pages are not crammed with historical facts and dates, but filled with the experiences of Chinese migrants over a 200-year period. It is an impression of their achievement and a witness to their weakness of character.

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And DedicationMalaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication by Fong Chan Onn

Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.

Decoding Dsa: The Ultimate Parental Guide To Success In Direct School AdmissionDecoding Dsa: The Ultimate Parental Guide To Success In Direct School Admission by Lye Kok Leong

This a complete parental guide to deconstructing the complexities of the Direct School Admission process. Delivered in a frank parent-educator authorial voice, the text imparts strategies, techniques, and skills both parents and candidates can harness to secure admission to Singapore's most popular schools. As a functional DSA road map, it illustrates and dissects the entire process, and serves as a handbook to the entire admission process. As an Integrated Programme guide, it delivers insights into the value systems of popular schools that parents can reference as part of their decision-making while candidates can use it to draw focus on their applications.

Adult Learning Architecture: How A Technology Consultant Trained To Be An ArtistAdult Learning Architecture: How A Technology Consultant Trained To Be An Artist by Ong Whee Teck

It's never too late to start learning. It is often felt that learning ends the moment we graduate from the formal education system. This book challenges this notion by presenting techniques that anyone can use to learn any skill that intrigues them. It presents a model of adult learning based on the author's learning journey. By the end of the book, you will truly feel empowered to tap into your ability to learn the skills you need to pursue your passion. It will also present you with strategies to develop the motivation you need to learn even the most difficult of tasks.

Singapore Teachers: Narratives Of Care, Hope And CommitmentSingapore Teachers: Narratives Of Care, Hope And Commitment by Fang Yanping

The is a book of narratives written by a group of Singapore teachers and school leaders. Narrative gives them their own voice and leads towards an understanding and appreciation of teachers and school leaders in their learning to teach and lead as persons in their work and lives.

Singapore Chronicles: EducationSingapore Chronicles: Education by Gopinathan, S.

Singapore has been hailed as a great success in educating its citizens. Now, an educated citizenry seeks to influence, if not change, the nature of the state, the state's compact with its citizens, and the role that education must play in the future. This book examines the impact of education in Singapore's transformation by studying the social, political and economic contexts within which policy and practice are embedded. It examines the key imperatives and principles that drove policy formulation, the success and failures of policy implementation, and how the state, at various times, fashioned education to meet its imperatives.

Globalisation And The Development Of Higher Education: The Case Of A Malaysian Public UniversityGlobalisation And The Development Of Higher Education: The Case Of A Malaysian Public University by Tan Yao Sua; Goh Soo Khoon

This monograph examines the responses of a Malaysian public university, Universiti Sains Malaysia, to the impact of globalisation vis-à-vis three main areas of concern: the recruitment of international students, the requirement to engage with international academic publications, and the growing importance of world university rankings. There are concerted efforts put in place by the university to recruit more international students. But a global branding is needed to offset factors that have worked against this recruitment. Yet, it is in the area of world university rankings that the counter-globalisation stand of the university has been most thought-provoking in that it has rejected this standard benchmark for academic excellence by proposing an alternative benchmark.

Learning Marketplace, The: East Meets West In SingaporeLearning Marketplace, The: East Meets West In Singapore by Prem Kumar

This book is meant to extend our knowledge on the role of 'learning', often overlooked and taken for granted but which constantly transforms our lives and reshapes societies. It is the first book that deals with the dichotomy of 'east' and 'west' going beyond the traditional learning and education framework to other areas such as economic, socio-cultural, political, and technological dimensions that impact Singapore. It puts together key topical issues and explores the underbelly of how a small 'resourceless' independent city-state like Singapore stays ahead of the learning curve, even while facing increasingly intense global competition where the discovery and emergence of new systems for empowerment and independence and the resulting creation of new knowledge and modes of communication are challenging traditional boundaries between the virtual and real world.

Raw Diamonds: Born To ShineRaw Diamonds: Born To Shine by Lai, Maggie

Written by a lecturer with more than years' experience teaching students at the Institute of Technical Education. She shares her message about the potential of her students.