Equity in Excellence

Experiences of East Asian High-Performing Education Systems

  • Siao See Teng
  • Maria Manzon
  • Kenneth K. Poon

Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Pursuit of Equity in Excellence in East Asia

  3. Striving for Equity in Excellence: The Singapore Experience

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive picture of high-performing East Asian education systems, beyond their outstanding achievements in international assessments, such as PISA and TIMSS. Situating “excellence” within discussions of “equity”, it contextualises the conceptions and pursuits of equity amid the development of education systems, policy and curricula in selected East Asian societies. While parallels could be observed across the systems, including high-stakes assessment culture, increasing credentialism and high investment of family educational resources, there are also divergences in approaches and outcomes relating to equity policies and practices. In light of the challenges presented by low fertility rates, ageing populations, migration, and the economic demands of the 21st century, the book addresses these systems’ attempts to cater to further diversified student populations and maintain equity in excellence. As the international community relentlessly seeks to enhance equity in education, there is much these East Asian education systems can share. This book has appeal internationally to researchers, policymakers, educators, and anyone interested in East Asian education and equity.  


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Editors and affiliations

  • Siao See Teng
    • 1
  • Maria Manzon
    • 2
  • Kenneth K. Poon
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
  2. 2.Department of International Education and Lifelong LearningThe Education University of Hong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2973-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2975-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4874
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4882
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