Receive free lesson plans, printables, and worksheets by email: The disparity between Asian and Western educational systems ultimately leads to one question - which one of them is better? Although different countries have reared different results, it seems that in the world of today, Asian education has been rapidly inching its way to the top, in the course toppling over UK and US educational organizational structures. Although most K programs currently in effect, especially those applied in the Orient, had been based on the original method of the United States, statistics have shown that the modified take of Asian countries - specifically Korea, Singapore and Japan - have worked more efficiently for Asian students.
US education scholar Henry Braun has noted: Delegations from lagging jurisdictions have been routinely dispatched to such destinations as Finland, Singapore and Ontario to ferret out the secrets of their success.
The target keeps changing One problem with this way of thinking is that no one system consistently outperforms the rest. As a result, the focus was firmly on identifying the reasons the Asian tigers were performing so well. Finland took centre stage and researchers and academics flocked to Helsinki to discover the reasons Finnish students performed at or near the top of the table.
Byonce again, a different education system became the centre of attention. Finland slipped down the PISA rankings as a new winner, Shanghai, emerged as first in mathematics, science and reading.
City-states like Singapore and education systems in highly performing places like Hong Kong and Shanghai have unique characteristics that set them apart from countries like Australia, England and the USA. Differences in geography, the numbers of students and schools, the student makeup in terms of language, culture and socioeconomic profile and how schools, including curriculum and assessment, are structured and managed have a significant impact on results.
The culture, geography and belief systems of other countries mean it is difficult to compare them to Australia.
These include streaming children based on their capabilities, and high-risk, competitive tests and examinations. Obvious examples include the impact of Confucian values and ethics that stress respect for authority especially teachersthe belief that success is possible with motivation, concentration and hard work, and the idea that education is central if one is to achieve a better life.
Confusing cause and effect Confusing what has led these countries to success represents the third difficulty in assuming that what appears to lead to success in one country can easily be transferred to another.
It is significant that radical labour-union politics, not to mention the extreme Left, have been virtually non-existent in the Finnish teaching profession.
The International Evidencealso implies that teacher unions have an adverse impact on student performance. To assume that all we need to do in Australia to improve test results is to reduce the influence of the Australian Education Union, while being attractive to some, is both undemocratic and guilty of assuming cause and effect.
As a result, there is a good deal of research identifying the characteristics of stronger-performing education systems from which states and territories can learn. The early ethnographic work videotaping Japanese and American classes detailed in Harvard publication The Teaching Gap reveals how the lessons in Asian classrooms are more explicit, clearly structured and coherent and there is an expectation that all students, with the necessary help and applications, can succeed.
A more recent publication by the Grattan Institute, Catching up: Positive factors include giving teachers more time to work collaboratively and to mentor one another, ensuring that teacher education, textbooks and the curriculum are mutually supportive and focus on improving classroom practice.
Students in the Australian Capital Territory perform well above the Australian average and often match the performance of top-performing overseas education systems. In terms of lifting the performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds it is also important to note that Catholic schools, based on an analysis of the PISA results carried out by the Australian Council for Educational Research, achieve an equity rating exceeding that of Finland.Similar to the education curricula of other nations, the North Korean education curriculum includes the country’s native language (Korean), mathematics, foreign language, and science.
However, much emphasis is put on the importance of a curriculum centered around political thought, putting it above all other subjects in priority.
In America, every student is encouraged to openly discuss the material with classmates and the teacher, as participation is an important element of the American education system.
On the other hand, courses in most Asian education systems are heavily lecture-based, meaning that teachers unilaterally transfer information to students. By , once again, a different education system became the centre of attention. Finland slipped down the PISA rankings as a new winner, Shanghai, emerged as first in mathematics, science and.
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