Schooling, National Development and Growth in Asia

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


This chapter describes a selection of East Asian countries, discussing historic and contemporary aspects of schooling and education for each one. The selection of eight country studies is made to illustrate the diversity of responses by government and states in the East Asian region to issues in education, schooling, education policy, language and literacy. The country studies in the chapter explore the interrelationship between post independence Asian nations, their economic growth and political stability and the emergence of new national identities. The studies are developed to analyse the influence of colonisation and its influence on literacy and language, policy and equality of opportunity in nations in East Asia. The chapter argues that many nations, influenced by colonisation have experienced difficulty in developing universal provision of school and equality of opportunity that has implications for developing political, social and economic stability.


Primary School Compulsory Education Private Tutoring Colonial Rule High Stake Testing 
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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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