International Testing: The Global Education Space Race?

  • Marilyn Kell
  • Peter Kell
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 24)


This chapter looks at the impact of international testing and the responses by governments in the industrial west and East Asia. The perception that international testing is a global contest has created an impression that there are winners and losers, that there is a crisis in western nations and that standards are dropping in these nations. By contrast, East Asia nations are seen as winners in unproblematic terms. This chapter looks more critically at some aspects of East Asian schooling, specifically curriculum materials, teaching practice and a reliance on examination driven teaching methods, This reliance has facilitated a shadow system of coaching schools in East Asia. Criticisms that graduates in East Asia are poorly prepared for working in the global economy are also discussed in the context of highly competitive examination driven systems. In response many Asian nations have recognised the global nature of education and have developed education hubs to internationalise their education systems.


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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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