The current school reforms across Asia call for teachers and students to think about education in a different way: specifically, by giving more emphasis to promoting critical, creative, independent thinking, and to life-long learning. Teachers are also being encouraged to be more active in planning the nature of the learning environments and the assessment tasks they provide for their students. This book is intended to help pre-service and in-service teachers in Asian countries where educational reforms are resulting in new curricula to think about their own ideas of teaching and learning and about how they can adapt their views for the new curricula. At the same time, pre-service and in-service teachers outside Asia who teach students of Asian or multi-ethnic backgrounds will benefit from the book.
Drawing on research findings from many parts of Asia, this 14-chapter book facilitates an understanding of the psychology of learning and of the developmental characteristics of students from Asian cultures.
Underlying the diverse components of learning and development described in various chapters is the 3P (presage-process-product) theoretical model. This is a model that has been a major force in guiding educational practice and educational research in Asia and around the globe for more than two decades.
Each chapter provides activities designed to enhance the learning experiences of in-service and pre-service teachers and questions that can serve as the basis for tutorial discussion.
Food for thought list at the end of each chapter challenges readers to think even more deeply about how to cultivate student learning and development in the 21st Century. Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. Why an Asian textbook? (Li-fang Zhang and David Watkins)
Chapter 2. Conceptions of teaching and learning (Lingbiao Gao and David Watkins)
PART II: THE STUDENT
Chapter 3. Educating Asian adolescents: A developmental perspective (Nirmala Rao and Jin Sun)
Chapter 4. Enhancing student self-esteem (David Watkins and Christopher Cheng)
Chapter 5. Motivating students to learn (John Biggs and David Watkins)
PART III: DIVERSITY AND DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 6. Intelligence revisited (Li-fang Zhang and David W. Chan)
Chapter 7. Meeting students with special educational needs (Kevin K. H. Chung)
Chapter 8. Giftedness and talent development (Mantak Yuen)
PART IV: MANAGEMENT AND GUIDANCE
Chapter 9. Classroom management in the eyes of the Asian teacher (Lay Hoon Lim)
Chapter 10. Guiding students for positive development (Eadaoin K. P. Hui)
PART V: COGNITIVE PROCESSES
Chapter 11. Teaching according to how students learn (John Biggs) Chapter 12. Understanding and fostering student thinking and learning for 21st Century education (Carol K. K. Chan)
PART VI: LEARNING OUTCOMES
Chapter 13.Assessment for better learning (John Biggs)
PART VII: SUMMARY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Chapter 14.Teaching for better learning and development (Li-fang Zhang and John Biggs)
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