Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Education in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Chi-Ming Lam
  • Jae PARK

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Margarita Pavlova, Tatiana Lomakina
    Pages 37-50
  3. Orlando Nang-Kwok Ho
    Pages 67-89
  4. Jae Park
    Pages 205-225
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-229

About this book


This book demonstrates the value of approaching education from a sociological and philosophical perspective. Specifically, it addresses current and long-standing educational issues in the Asia-Pacific region, integrating sociological and philosophical insights with practical applications in four key areas: educational aims, moral education, educational policy, and the East-West dichotomy. It discusses educational aims in terms of rationality, philosophical thinking, and sustainable development and presents the literary, religious, and analytical approaches to moral education. Four educational policies are then considered: Hong Kong’s language policy, Hong Kong’s policy on the internationalization of education, East Asia’s policies on English education, and Australia’s policy on teacher education. Different aspects of the East-West dichotomy are analysed: Confucian rationalism versus Western rationalism, Confucian learning culture versus Western learning culture, and Asian research methodology versus Western research methodology. Taken as a whole, the book shows that issues in education are rarely simple, and looking at them from multiple perspectives allows for rich and informed debates. It presents a rare philosophical and sociological analysis of the cultures and experiences of education in the Asia-Pacific region, and promotes research that leads to more culturally rooted educational policies and practice.


Educational Aims Educational Policy-Making Moral Education Philosophy of Education Sociology of Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Chi-Ming Lam
    • 1
  • Jae PARK
    • 2
  1. 1.The Hong Kong Institute of EducationHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Hong Kong Institute of EducationHong KongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-938-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-940-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9791
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