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Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms ExaminedTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #13: Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia's Education Reforms Examined by Lee Hwok Aun

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government promised education reforms before getting elected in 2018, and presently grapples with the complexities of making good on those pledges while seeking to negotiate continuity and change with regard to the previous administration's Malaysian Education Blueprint launched in 2013. This article situates the education reforms in the context of Malaysia's highly centralized administration, embedded practices and policy initiatives of recent years. Discussion focuses on three areas - quality, equity, autonomy - where PH has more distinctly differentiated itself from its predecessor.

Understanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For SingaporeUnderstanding Teaching, Learning And Learners: A Guide For Singapore by Liu Woon Chia, Caroline Koh, Doris Choy Et Al

Under the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP), a model that documents the best practices of Singapore's teaching profession, teaching is a dynamic combination of both knowledge and action. In STP, Pedagogical Processes (PP) articulates the processes of areas and actions in good teaching. Knowledge Bases, in turn, provide PP with a framework of conceptual and theoretical understanding such that they can be applied meaningfully in the classroom. This book seeks to provide its readers with key foundational knowledge in 2 STP knowledge bases, 'Understanding Teaching' and 'Understanding Students and Learning'. Embedded fully in the education contexts of Singapore, it melds theory together with empirical insight drawn from local classroom-based research. Whether you are a local educator or an international researcher, you will find this a useful introduction to the Singaporean praxis of teaching.

Fun-Filled Math Conversations With Your ChildFun-Filled Math Conversations With Your Child by Koh, Wendy

This very informative book is a guide to help parents find fun and relevant math conversations in their daily lives to prepare their children for PSLE Mathematics. Wendy Koh homeschooled her son for 16 years, and helped him to successfully achieve A* for math at the PSLE and IGCSE exams. This is a parenting book more than an education book. The message of the book is: you can parent and bond with your child while teaching him math. It can be fun, that is, if you make it fun.

Good University, The: What Universities Actually Do And Why It's Time For ChangeGood University, The: What Universities Actually Do And Why It's Time For Change by Connell, Raewynn

The higher education industry might seem like it's booming, with over 200 million students in universities and colleges worldwide and funds flowing in like never before. But the truth is that these institutions have never been unhappier places to work. But what should a `good university' look like? In this inspiring new work, Raewyn Connell asks us to consider just that, challenging us to rethink the fundamentals of what universities do. Drawing on the examples offered by pioneering universities and educational reformers around the world, Connell outlines a practical vision for how our universities can become both more engaging and more productive places, driven by social good rather than profit, helping to build fairer societies.

Modelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United NationsModelling Today, Guiding Tomorrow: A Singaporean Guide To Model United Nations by Ng, Yohanes; Tan Yan Shen, Jeremy Chan Et Al

Join us as we take you through the Model United Nations scene in Singapore and show you the work of the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations, or UNASMUN - the largest secondary- and tertiary-level conference in the country. Whether you are new to Model United Nations and unsure of what to expect, a seasoned delegate wanting to learn about crisis committees and the administrative mechanics of a conference, or an educator trying to establish a school-based programme, this informative guide has something for everyone. Drawing from more than two decades of combined author experience as well as input from over 140 students and teachers, this handbook walks you through the conference process and provides practical tips on how to make the most of the experience.

Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8 by Wildgruber, Thomas

Painting and drawing are key artistic expressions which play an important role in children's physical, emotional and spiritual development. This comprehensive teachers' manual provides a complete artistic curriculum for Classes One to Eight in Steiner-Waldorf schools (age six to fourteen). At each stage, the book demonstrates the skills that teachers can help children to develop. There are 280 practical exercises for teachers to use, and over 800 drawings and paintings as inspiring examples of artistic possibilities. The curriculum moves from free drawing, to guided colour exercises, to precise perspective drawing. The exercises draw on elements of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum at appropriate ages, incorporating themes from fables and legends, the Old Testament, Norse mythology, animals, Ancient Greece and botany. Throughout, the author draws on art theory and shows that art is truly a universal language. The book is also suitable for adult self-study.

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated ApproachArts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach by Martin, Michael (Ed.)

Arts and crafts are a core part of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum, helping children to develop emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually, as well as learning practical skills. This comprehensive book addresses every aspect of arts and crafts, including woodwork, forestry, metalwork, stone carving, clay modelling, pottery and much more. Written by experienced Waldorf craft teachers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable tool and resource for Middle and Upper School (Classes 5 to 13).

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf SchoolsPainting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools by Bruin, Dick; Attie Lichthart

Watercolour painting is a key part of the Waldorf curriculum, and is important in the healthy development of a child. This lovely book is a thorough overview of watercolor painting in the Waldorf curriculum, up to Class 12 (age 18). It includes practical advice for teachers and clear exercises. It discusses Goethe's theory of colour as well as how to paint with different ages and grades.

Tradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar UniversityTradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar University by Norshahril Saat

The Al-Azhar University remains the top destination for Southeast Asian students pursuing an Islamic studies degree. The university, built in the last millennium, has been able to withstand competition from modern universities across the globe and continues to produce influential Islamic studies graduates. What are the motivations of students pursuing a degree at Al-Azhar? What are the challenges they face? Are they certain of their future and career opportunities upon their return to Singapore? This book combines both qualitative and quantitative analysis of former and current students at the Al-Azhar University. It not only hopes to develop more critical analysis of returning Al-Azhar graduates but also attempts to understand the deeper connections between Muslims in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, and the Middle East.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To OvercomeTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome by Wan Chang-Da & Benedict Weerasena

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To KnowTests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know by Soh Kaycheng

Assessment, mainly in the form of tests and examinations, plays a critical role in the schooling of Singaporean students. This book is written with school leaders, teachers, and parents in mind, with the view of helping them to better understand the processes and products of assessment via tests and exams. It is written in simple terms, using minimal technical terms, and introduces school leaders, teachers, and parents to essential concepts and principles of educational measurements which are relevant in the school context in Singapore.

Speaking Of UniversitiesSpeaking Of Universities by Collini, Stefan

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalization forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. Historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does 'marketization' threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of 'accountability' distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to 'focus on what is actually happening and the clichés behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better'.

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And ChallengesEducation And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges by Lee Hock Guan (Ed.)

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching QualityEmpowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality by Goodwin, A. Lin ; Low Ee-Ling & L. Darling-Hammond

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And ChallengesPrivate Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges by Sam Choon-Yin

Not much has been written about the private education sector in Singapore despite the fact that the sector houses about 300 private education institutions (PEIs) and enrolls about 150,000 students. In this book, the author offers an extensive discussion on (i) the key elements of the sector - types and features of the PEIs, (ii) the regulatory framework for private education, (iii) students' aspiration and the impact of the ASPIRE report on PEIs, and (iv) the provision of external degree programme through transnational partnership. The book also tackles the hotly debated discussion in relation to academic quality and standard of PEI courses.

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast AsiaTranslating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia by Pols, Hans; C. M. Thompson & John H. Warner (Eds.)

Until recently, receiving a European or North American-style medical education in Southeast Asia was a profoundly transformative experience, as western conceptions of the body differed significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanations. Further, conceptions of the human body had to be translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. Translating the Body is the first book to present the history of biomedical education across Southeast Asia. The contributors chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education campaigns in the region, and the ways in which practitioners of what came to be conceived of as "traditional medicine" in many Southeast Asian countries organized themselves in response.

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The WorldPisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World by Soh Kaycheng

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is gaining increasing attention among education authorities of the world. The number of participating economies almost doubled in the past one and a half decades, increasing from 43 in 2000 when it first started to 74 in 2015. PISA assesses the performance in Reading, Mathematics, and Science of 15-year-olds with different emphases rotating among the three subjects in different exercises. The attention of the participating economies has been focused almost exclusively on the ranking results which are used to evaluate the standings and progress of their education systems, although PISA does cover many background conditions which might have influenced the performance. Interestingly, East Asian economies have been consistently in the leading positions, and Finland has been frequently cited as a model for the Western economies and even the world to emulate. This monograph contains many secondary analyses of PISA data. Using mainly simple and layman language, it equips educational administrators and policy makers with in-depth insights into some of the intricacies inherent in the PISA data for a more appropriate understanding. It is readily appreciated that such an understanding is needed to prevent misinterpretation and avoid unsound policy or wasteful action.

Educational Psychology: An Asia EditionEducational Psychology: An Asia Edition by Tan Oon-Seng; Yen-Leng Stefanie Chye Et Al

Recent international studies such as PISA and TIMMS point to the success of Asian educational systems in equipping their learners with fundamentals and problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges of a complex knowledge-based era. This adaptation of Educational Psychology with an Asian contextualisation provides an excellent resource for student-teachers to weave psychology into educational studies, curriculum studies and teaching practice. Insights from the National Institute of Education model of teacher education and the pragmatics of theory-practice links, pedagogical innovations and professional learning communities are incorporated. Realistic cases are provided within the texts for the teacher to reflect upon and relate back to one's beliefs, philosophy and practice.

Speaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao PerspectivesSpeaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao Perspectives by Pang Eng Fong & Arnoud De Meyer (Eds.)

This collection of essays by local and exchange students of SMU who were brought together to develop a deeper understanding of Singapore's extraordinary progress in the past half century arose from a new course, Singapore in the World, the World in Singapore. The diverse perspectives - Singaporeans interpreting their experiences through a wider lens and exchange students bringing their views from home to make sense of a new country - challenge and augment the national narrative absorbed by locals who have been through the Singapore school system.

50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System by N. Varaprasad

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.