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ERIC Number: EJ796596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
The Phases and Paradoxes of Educational Quality Assurance: The Case of the Singapore Education System
Ng, Pak Tee
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v16 n2 p112-125 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight three important insights into educational quality assurance, using Singapore as a case study. It is useful to policy makers and practitioners to understand the phases and paradoxes in their educational quality assurance journey so that they may recognise and manage better the complex dynamics of quality assurance in education. Design/methodology/approach: This paper utilises a phase model to analyse the development of quality assurance and the challenges and paradoxes involved. This phase model is a framework of analysis of the quality assurance dynamics of primary and secondary education in Singapore with the following phases: standardisation; local accountability; and diversity and innovation. Findings: The paper finds that: quality assurance develops in phases, each with its own characteristics and challenges; quality assurance changes the nature of education; quality assurance is a paradoxical journey. Practical implications: The Singapore case study serves as a mirror to other developing countries in recognising and managing the delicate dynamics of quality assurance. Originality/value: The paper illustrates the phase model of educational quality assurance in Singapore and the analysis of the delicate balancing act between conformity and diversity, and between standards and innovation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore