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Routledge Studies in Education and Society in Asia


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This series focuses on analyses of Asian educational practices and structures in their broader social, cultural, political and economic context. The emphasis is on furthering our understanding of why Asian education systems have developed in particular ways, and what is (or is not) distinctively 'Asian' about them. In addition to single-country studies, proposals for works of a historical and comparative nature are strongly encouraged. The series will appeal to scholars of various disciplinary backgrounds such as Asian Studies, Education and Social Sciences looking to reach readers beyond the boundaries of their own discipline.

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High School for All in East Asia: Comparing Experiences

High School for All in East Asia: Comparing Experiences

1st Edition

Shinichi Aizawa, Mei Kagawa, Jeremy Rappleye
July 30, 2018

Although late to industrialize, East Asia has witnessed rapid development whilst maintaining some of the highest educational enrollment rates and indicators of academic achievement globally. From major players, such as China, to small city-states, such as Singapore, economic success and the growth...

Education and Society in Post-Mao China

Education and Society in Post-Mao China

1st Edition

Edward Vickers, Zeng Xiaodong
May 24, 2017

The post-Mao period has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation in all walks of Chinese life – much of it fuelled by, or reflected in, changes to the country’s education system. This book analyses the development of that system since the abandonment of radical Maoism and the inauguration...

Constructing Modern Asian Citizenship

Constructing Modern Asian Citizenship

1st Edition

Edward Vickers, Krishna Kumar
May 24, 2017

In many non-Western contexts, modernization has tended to be equated with Westernization, and hence with an abandonment of authentic indigenous identities and values. This is evident in the recent history of many Asian societies, where efforts to modernize – spurred on by the spectre of foreign...

The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield

The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield

1st Edition

Minjie Chen
January 18, 2016

The Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945) was fought in the Asia-Pacific theatre between Imperial Japan and China, with the United States as the latter’s major military ally. An important line of investigation remains, questioning how the history of this war has been passed on to post-war generations’...

Globalisation, Employment and Education in Sri Lanka: Opportunity and Division

Globalisation, Employment and Education in Sri Lanka: Opportunity and Division

1st Edition

Angela W. Little, Siri T. Hettige
December 14, 2015

Since the late 1970s, Sri Lanka has undergone a socio-economic transformation, from protectionism towards economic liberalisation and increasing integration into the world economy. Through a systematic comparison of these periods of economic change (1956–1977, and 1977 to the present), Angela W....

Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: De-mystifying Stereotypes

Re-Evaluating Education in Japan and Korea: De-mystifying Stereotypes

1st Edition

Hyunjoon Park
August 04, 2015

International comparisons of student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading have consistently shown that Japanese and Korean students outperform their peers in other parts of world. Understandably, this has attracted many policymakers and researchers seeking to emulate this success, but...

Imagining Japan in Post-war East Asia: Identity Politics, Schooling and Popular Culture

Imagining Japan in Post-war East Asia: Identity Politics, Schooling and Popular Culture

1st Edition

Paul Morris, Naoko Shimazu, Edward Vickers
August 04, 2015

In the decades since her defeat in the Second World War, Japan has continued to loom large in the national imagination of many of her East Asian neighbours. While for many, Japan still conjures up images of rampant military brutality, at different times and in different communities, alternative...

Designing History in East Asian Textbooks: Identity Politics and Transnational Aspirations

Designing History in East Asian Textbooks: Identity Politics and Transnational Aspirations

1st Edition

Gotelind Müller
April 15, 2013

This book analyses the efforts throughout East Asia to deploy education for purposes of political socialization, and in particular in order to shape notions of identity. The chapters also examine the trend of ‘common textbook initiatives’, which have recently emerged in East Asia with the aim of...

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