Future developments of educational research in the Asia-Pacific Region: Paradigm shifts, reforms, and practice

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Abstract

In facing up to the challenges and impacts of globalization, high technology, economic transformation, international competitions and local developments in the new century, there have been numerous educational reforms and initiatives in many countries in the Asia-Pacific Region (Cheng, 2005a, A new paradigm for re-engineering education : Globalization, localization and individulization. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer). Unfortunately, many of these educational reforms with good intentions and huge resources investment have been found ineffective and unsustainable if not totally failed. One of the major reasons for this is lack of a comprehensive knowledge base for policy development and implementation supported by sophisticated and relevant educational research. From the waves and trends of educational reforms in the Asia-Pacific Region, this article aims to draw implications for future developments of educational research in supporting paradigm shifts, policy formulation, and practice of educational reforms in the Region and other parts of the world in an era of globalization and transformation. Copyright © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V..
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-85
JournalEducational Research for Policy and Practice
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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Cheng, Y. C. (2007). Future developments of educational research in the Asia-Pacific Region: Paradigm shifts, reforms, and practice. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 6(2), 71-85.

Keywords

  • Parental involvement
  • Teaching profession
  • Teachers
  • School-based management
  • Quality assurance
  • Policy development
  • Information technology
  • Educational research
  • Education reform
  • Benchmarking
  • Accountability