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Tan, Charlene – Ethics and Education, 2019
This article explores Mencius' extension of moral feelings and its potential to address a key challenge in cosmopolitan education: how to motivate students to expand their existing affection and obligations towards their family and community to the rest of the world. Rather than strong universalism, a Mencian orientation is aligned with rooted…
Descriptors: Ethics, Moral Values, Cultural Context, Confucianism
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Tan, Charlene – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2019
This article analyses and compares the responses of parents to education policy initiatives in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The education reform in three localities converges on changing an exam-centric culture and equipping students to thrive in a globalised world. Through a discussion of three representative policy initiatives--Direct…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Personality Traits, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Tan, Charlene – British Journal of Educational Studies, 2019
This article analyses an assessment initiative known as the Basic Competency Assessment (BCA) in Hong Kong using Bernstein's performance and competence models of pedagogic practice. On the one hand, BCA is aligned with a competence model through its official projection as a low-stakes, student-focussed and formative assessment. However, an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Competency Based Education, Models
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Tan, Charlene – Critical Studies in Education, 2019
This article examines how Chinese education officials interpret and utilise selective information from Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to legitimate and consolidate contested reform messages and initiatives in Shanghai. A content analysis of data obtained from newspaper articles, official documents and education essays…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Tan, Charlene – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
This article examines a Confucian conception of competence and its corresponding response to the competencies agenda that underpins international large-scale assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). It is argued that standardised transnational assessments are undergirded by a technical rationality that…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Measurement, Confucianism, Adults
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Tan, Charlene – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Drawing upon Aihwa Ong's concept of 'neoliberalism as exception', this paper explores how the education authority in Shanghai capitalises on neoliberal knowledge, techniques and logics to address local challenges. Through the creation of 'new high-quality schools' that is accompanied by a new assessment system, the authority hopes to persuade…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Educational Quality, Educational Administration, Parent Attitudes
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Tan, Charlene – Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2019
This article expounds on a neo-Confucian approach to mindfulness by drawing upon the writings of Zhu Xi. I argue that Zhu Xi's notion of mindfulness is encapsulated in the concept of 'jing' that refers to the single-minded and reverential attention to self-cultivation through 'gewu' (investigation of things). The desired outcome of mindfulness is…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Confucianism, Interpersonal Relationship, Philosophy
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Tan, Charlene – New Educator, 2019
This article focuses on the application of Shulman's signature pedagogies for initial teacher education through the example of a pre-service course that promotes "multidimensional thinking skills" in Singapore. Multidimensional thinking emphasizes the thought processes, attitudes and abilities needed to address complex issues and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Preservice Teacher Education, Case Studies
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Tan, Charlene; Koh, Kim – Teacher Educator, 2018
This article discusses the application of Shulman's "signature pedagogies" through the utilization of films for preservice teachers and school leaders in Singapore. Using the films "Dead Poets Society" and "Ahead of the Class," this article explains how these films facilitated the participants' engagement with the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Films, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers
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Tan, Charlene – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
This paper compares the educational thought of Paulo Freire and Confucius on what it means to be more fully human. Both Freire and Confucius object to the dehumanisation of human beings through the banking concept of education and other oppressive practices. They argue for the ontological vocation of becoming more fully human through humanisation…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Confucianism, Educational Philosophy, Humanism
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Koh, Kim; Burke, Lydia E. Carol-Ann; Luke, Allan; Gong, Wengao; Tan, Charlene – Language Teaching Research, 2018
A teacher's assessment literacy refers to her or his demonstrated understanding of the principles behind selecting and designing tasks, judging student work, and interpreting and using assessment data to support student learning. This study examines the development of the task design aspect of assessment literacy in 12 Chinese language teachers as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Teaching Skills, Teacher Competencies
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Tan, Charlene – Educational Forum, 2018
Teacher-directed learning is often perceived to be detrimental to student learning and incompatible with learner-centered approaches. This essay challenges this perception by referring to Freirean and Confucian insights. It is argued that Freire, Confucius, and Xunzi advocated the active involvement of the teacher in student learning through…
Descriptors: Confucianism, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
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Tan, Charlene – Globalisation, Societies and Education, 2017
This article critically discusses the constructivist ideas, assumptions and practices that undergird the current pedagogical reform in China. The pedagogical reform is part of a comprehensive curriculum reform that has been introduced across schools in Mainland China. Although the official documents did not specify the underpinning theories for…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Instructional Innovation, Barriers
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Tan, Charlene – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2017
This article examines the promotion of lifelong learning (LLL) in Singapore through a new national initiative known as the SkillsFuture movement. It is argued that the attainment of LLL is confronted with three key challenges, the first being the sociocultural preference for academic rather than vocational education in Singapore. Secondly, there…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Sociocultural Patterns, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society)
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Tan, Charlene – Journal of Education Policy, 2017
This article examines the enactment of the policy initiative to promote critical thinking in Singapore schools from the perspectives of educators in Singapore. It is argued that teachers in Singapore are not passive recipients or mere implementers of top-down policy decisions. Rather, they enact the policy initiative by making sense of,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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