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ERIC Number: EJ1160443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1946-7109
A New Educational Perspective: The Case of Singapore
Kent, Daniel C.
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v14 n1 Fall 2017
Today Singapore is the top or among the top performers in the world on a number of educational metrics. The country boasts the number one ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the highly visible and regarded international assessment conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) measuring the skills and knowledge of 15-year old students. Singapore also topped the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in every single category, including math and science at both the primary and secondary school levels. Singapore implemented a number of policy innovations both at the time of its founding and more recently. Collectively these changes gradually led to the transformation of Singapore's once fledgling educational infrastructure to one of the most successful in the world. Initially, these innovations took place predominantly at the primary school level, while more recently the focus has shifted to higher education as the education sector matured. This article discusses how Singapore has gone from a developing nation, with low educational enrollment and completion, to becoming the premier education system in Asia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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