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Care, E. et al. (2017) Skills for a Changing World: National Perspectives and the Global Movement (Report)

Abstract:

The Skills for a Changing World project presents evidence
of a movement of education systems globally
toward a more explicit focus on a broad range of skills
that our 21st century society needs and demands. This
movement can be seen in the vision and mission statements
of education systems as well as through their
curricula. Although clearly endorsed at the policy level,
implementation is just beginning in some countries.
The issues surrounding this, particularly in the context
of within-country social and economic changes, are
brought to light in this report by a study of education
stakeholders in four countries—Mexico, South Africa,
Kenya, and the Philippines.
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January 2017
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  • Qualitative methodology
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Fung, C. et al. (2012) Consensus or Dissensus? Stakeholders' Views on the Role of Play in Learning (Journal Article)

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Across cultures and eras, children have engaged in play as part of the process of growing and maturing into adulthood. Play has been recognized as an effective form of pedagogy to promote learning in the early years. However, beliefs about what play is and how it should be practiced vary across Hong Kong and in other countries. Because Chinese culture places a heavy emphasis on academic achievement, a play-based curriculum has not been widely implemented in the region. Through classroom observations and interviews with key stakeholders in early childhood education, namely parents, teachers, and principals, this study reveals the complexity of views on this matter and uncovers the root cause of the difficulties in supporting play in the Hong Kong kindergartens. These findings may help promote the play-based curriculum in Hong Kong and other countries where play is in crisis. (Contains 1 table.)

Date:
January 2012
Volume:
32
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17-33
Synonyms:
  • Academic achievement
  • Academic outcomes
  • Cultural context
  • Playful learning
  • Qualitative methodology
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