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Liaw, Yuan-Ling; Wu, Yuanyue; Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2018
International large-scale assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have emerged as important tools for understanding educational systems within Asia and around the world. Although the achievement scales tend to capture the majority of the world's attention the background scales have become important tools in…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Achievement Tests
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Zhang, Jia; Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This quantitative study investigated and compared the development of professional learning communities in schools located in two Chinese cities, namely, Shanghai and Mianyang. The two cities have significant differences in terms of educational, economic, social, and cultural development. While Shanghai is a directly controlled municipality in East…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Communities of Practice
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McNaught, Carmel; Lok, Beatrice; Yin, Hongbiao; Lee, John Chi-Kin; Song, Huan – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2014
Classroom experience is shaped by a number of factors. In this paper, we report a classroom observation study in China, illustrating regional variation in students' classroom learning experiences. Through comparing and contrasting observed classroom practices in three different regions in China (Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai), the paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Comparative Analysis