ERIC Number: EJ954526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Singapore: The Fourth Way in Action?
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, v11 n1 p7-17 Feb 2012
This article has two main objectives. It first outlines the first three waves of change termed by Hargreaves and Shirley (The Fourth Way: The inspiring future for educational change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, "2009") as the First, Second and Third Way that defined global educational policy and practice since the 1960s. It then introduces the main tenets of the Fourth Way, which is characterised by inspiring success stories of educational leadership and change that have led to remarkable leaps forward in student learning and achievement. The Fourth Way is distinguished by a paradigm shift in the change mindset of educational leaders of how they push educational frontiers to achieve a more sustainable future. It is defined not merely as a destination but a journey in itself. Second, it considers how Singapore presents an interesting case study of paving the Fourth Way through its many forward-looking educational initiatives and fidelity in the implementation of these reforms. In doing so, this article also sets the stage for the other articles in this volume which cover different aspects of the Singapore education story, from pre-primary to tertiary education, to teacher preparation, and leadership development to the internationalization of its teacher education programmes and how educational research translates into policy and practice in this unique nation.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Instructional Leadership, Educational Development, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Program Implementation, Case Studies, Strategic Planning, Educational Objectives, Educational Administration, Leadership Effectiveness
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore