Literacy and Language in East Asia

Shifting Meanings, Values and Approaches

  • Marilyn Kell
  • Peter Kell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 1-6
  3. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 7-13
  4. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 15-24
  5. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 25-32
  6. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 33-49
  7. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 51-77
  8. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 79-105
  9. Marilyn Kell, Peter Kell
    Pages 125-139
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 163-165

About this book


This book critically explores why Asian nations are on top of the world in student achievement tests in reading and literacy, yet governments and industry in these nations are anxious about a crisis in education.

Why are governments anxious about the capabilities and skills of school and university graduates in a global economy when there is a Asian economic boom?  The authors explore questions about how the Asian countries value test-based examination curriculum and its influence on the practices of teaching learning and the lives of young people in Asia. The authors describe the challenge of change for East Asian nations to develop more relevant approaches to literacy and language and more inclusive societies focussed on the needs of young people and not exam results.

Dr Marilyn Kell is a researcher at Charles Darwin University, Australia.

Professor Peter Kell is Head of School and Professor of Education at Charles Darwin University, Australia.


East Asian Miracle for Education Education and Curriculum Reform in East Asia Graduate attributes in East Asia Inequalities in East Asian Education Literacy Standards in Asia Pacific Literacy assessment in Asia Pacific Multi-lingual education PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS East Asian countries School development in Asia Testing and Examinations in East Asia

Authors and affiliations

  • Marilyn Kell
    • 1
  • Peter Kell
    • 2
  1. 1.Charles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia

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