Challenges and research into educational reforms in the Asia-Pacific region

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Witnessed since the 1990s are numerous educational reforms in nearly all countries in the Asia-Pacific region, in response to the challenges and impacts of globalisation, information technology, international competitiveness, the knowledge-based economy and fast societal developments in the new millennium (Cheng and Townsend, 2000). A huge amount of resources and effort have been put into various types of educational changes and initiatives implemented in such different areas of the region as Australia, PR China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Based on findings and observations from numerous country reports and policy documents of these areas released in the past five years, an article in Section 1 of this Handbook (see Trends in Educational Reform in the Asia-Pacific Region) has identified some major trends in educational reform in the region. It provides an overall picture of the region for understanding the direction, nature and progress of the various national initiatives and efforts for the development of education in facing the challenges in the new millennium. Copyright © 2003 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region
EditorsJohn P. KEEVES, Ryo WATANABE, Rupert MACLEAN, Peter D. RENSHAW, Colin Nelson POWER, Robyn BAKER, Saravanan GOPINATHAN, Ho Wah KAM, Yin Cheong CHENG, Albert C. TUIJNMAN
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9789401733687
ISBN (Print)1402010079, 9789048161676
Publication statusPublished - 2003


Cheng, Y. C. (2003). Challenges for research into educational reform in the Asia-Pacific region. In J. P. Keeves, R. Watanabe, R. Maclean, P. D. Renshaw, C. N. Power, R. Baker, et al. (Eds.), International handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 1315-1329). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.


  • Educational Policy and Management
  • Community involvement
  • Educational reform
  • Educational quality
  • Educational change
  • Educational services


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