Learning, teaching, and assessing science in the Asia-Pacific context

May Hung May CHENG, Alister JONES, Cathy BUNTTING

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Abstract

The Asia-Pacific region is well known for its wide range of geographical, political, economic, and religious diversity, both among and within the countries in the region. There are countries with vast landmasses (e.g., Russia, China, and India) and also tiny island countries (e.g., the Maldives and Pacific Island countries), there are some of the world’s richest economies (e.g., Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia) and some of the poorest (e.g., Bangladesh and Burma), there are societies administered under feudal, communist, and capitalist political systems, and there are a huge number of believers of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Education is by its nature socio-culturally embedded. Given the abundant variety among and within the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, research in both classical areas of science learning and teaching and analysis of trends in the latest curriculum reforms in this region is not only of value to local educators, curriculum designers, and policymakers, but to their counterparts elsewhere who can also gain insights from this highly complex and diversified context. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, May May Hung Cheng, Alister Jones and Cathy Buntting; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in science education in the Asia-Pacific region
EditorsMay Hung May CHENG, Alister JONES, Cathy BUNTTING
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages1-11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315717678
ISBN (Print)9781138858848
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Teaching
science
learning
Maldives
Hinduism
curriculum
Buddhism
Myanmar
world economy
Christianity
Bangladesh
political system
Islam
Hong Kong
Russia
Japan
educator
India
reform
China

Citation

Cheng, M. M. H., Jones, A., & Buntting, C. (2018). Learning, teaching, and assessing science in the Asia-Pacific context. In M. M. H. Cheng, A. Jones, & C. Buntting (Eds.), Studies in science education in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 1-11). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.