Self-directed learning as a key approach to effectiveness of education: A comparison among Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

Magdalena Mo Ching MOK, Yin Cheong CHENG, Shing On LEUNG, Wenjing Peter SHAN, Phillip John MOORE, Kerry John KENNEDY

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Abstract

Recent education reforms in countries around the world have had only modest success. Many reasons have been offered to explain the failure of the reforms, but at the top of the list is the inadequate preparation of teachers for the implementation of these reforms. One such type of preparation involves the development of teachers into selflearners. Self-learning throughout the lifespan is a sine qua non of education. Parallel to this is the development of the Internet as an important medium for teaching and learning. There is an urgent need to develop a theory to deepen the understanding of the nature and process of self-learning of teachers, with the support of a networked human and IT environment. The implications drawn from the theory can contribute to the paradigm shift of education in current worldwide education reforms. Copyright © 2007 Springer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of school effectiveness and improvement
EditorsTony Townsend
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages839-858
ISBN (Print)9781402048050, 140204805X, 9781402057472
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Taiwan
reform
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education
teacher
life-span
paradigm
Internet
Teaching

Citation

Mok, M. M.-C., Cheng, Y.-C., Leung, S.-O., Shan, P. W.-J., Moore, P., & Kennedy, K. (2007). Self-directed learning as a key approach to effectiveness of education: A comparison among Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. In T. Townsend, B. Avalos, B. Caldwell, Y.-C. Cheng, B. Fleisch, L. Moos, L. et al. (Eds.), International handbook of school effectiveness and improvement (pp. 839-858). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.