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International Perspectives on Education by Meng Huat Chau

International Perspectives on Education


International Perspectives on Education by Meng Huat Chau

International Perspectives on Education draws on the knowledge and experience of a distinguished team of international educationists, including Howard Gardner and Kristjan Kristjansson. Each chapter can be accessed as a resource on a specific topic, but the chapters are also grouped into three sections to provide an invaluable source of thinking and knowledge from leading thinkers and practitioners in their fields: Perspectives on Education; Supporting the Learning Process; and Teachers and Professional Development. The prevailing view by all contributors is that the learning experience and environment should not only be stimulating and intellectually interesting, but also socially inclusive and fulfilling, with a need to develop learners' potential and personality around a set of good values. All this lies at the heart of quality education, and stimulates a new debate in support of the re-humanisation of education, rather than the de-humanisation that we have seen in recent times with attempts to tie its products and processes more closely with models generated in the world of commerce. This collection reflects the development of education within an international context of trends, good practices and experience. It is aimed at those who have an interest in education as an academic area of study (undergraduate students and lecturers, higher degree students and those involved in, or training for, the teaching profession), and those who are concerned with the management and governance of education.


'Ambitious in scope and intent, this volume brings together an array of international scholars, whose work challenges interpretation of quality education in terms of basic standards of proficiency and calls for a broad conception of teaching and learning. Educators world-wide who are seeking alternatives to politically driven, process-product education will welcome this collection of theoretical and practical approaches to thinking about education, teaching and learning and teacher development. The challenges Chau and Kerry address are international in scope and call for a new kind of relationship within and among school people, including students.'
Frances Schoonmaker, Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

About the Author

Chau Meng Huat teaches at MARA junior science college in Malaysia. Before this he taught at kindergarten, primary, secondary, college and university levels. Most recently he was Research Officer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His commitment to helping learners of English become better speakers, listeners, readers and writers, and to helping teachers become more informed educators, has recently won him and Excellent Service Award. Professor Trevor Kerry is Emeritus Professor at the International Institute for Education Leadership at the University of Lincoln. He began as a secondary teacher before becoming coordinator of the Teacher Education Project (secondary) at Nottingham University, and of a Schools Council project (primary) based at Nottingham and Cambridge. He went on to teach in primary schools, to be a senior manager in a further education college, and to become Senior Vice President of theh College of Teachers. He now runs TKConsultancy and is committed to academic writing and journalism.

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Publication date

1st December 2009


Meng Huat Chau

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


208 pages





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