Is teacher education at risk? A tale of two cities: Hong Kong and Macau

Sou Kuan VONG, Wai Ming YU

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Consequences of competition for global university rankings, such as changes in funding modes, have been extensively discussed in the field of higher education. However, few studies have reviewed its implications on knowledge production. This study provides a contextualised method for theorising the implications of this competition on the development of East Asian higher education, specifically teacher education. It identifies the new forms of knowledge being produced in two teacher education institutions in Hong Kong and Macau by reviewing the publications of new recruits in a five-year period. The study considers the following variables: author(s), date and form of publication, abstract, title, keywords, journal name, language, data source, research context and methods. The findings show that the dominant publication trends are towards quantitative research and multiple authors. Psychological research is the most popular area and studies of other long-term issues in teacher education are being marginalised. Copyright © 2017 British Association for International and Comparative Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-800
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Issue number5
Early online dateAug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Vong, S. K., & Yu, W. M. (2018). Is teacher education at risk? A tale of two cities: Hong Kong and Macau. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 48(5), 785-800. doi: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1353904


  • Higher education
  • University rankings
  • Teacher education
  • Knowledge production
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau


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