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Joong, Yee Han P.; Ryan, T.
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Teachers' and students' perceptions of secondary reform and implementation: China and Cananda comparison
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Adbi, Ali.; Herbert, Yvonne.
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Comparative and international education: A diversity of voices
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Sense Publishers
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2011
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Abstract
Furthering inquiry into the changing nature, or not, of educators, Peter Joong and Thomas Ryan, in chapter eighteen, Teachers' and Students' perception of Secondary Reform and Implementation: China and Canada Comparison, use survey questionnaires to discuss how teachers deal with and respond to change. In so doing, they use data from sixteen sample schools in Southwest China, and sexteen schools in six school districts in Southern Ontario. Their research findings reveal that most teachers in both jurisdictions were able to make changes that supported the reforms even though the changes required more time, effort, and new knowledge. The teachers, however, had difficulty with transitioning and with altering current teaching praxes (teacher talk) and student evaluation modes (tests). Both students and teachers experienced difficulties that arose from the conflict between activity-based learning and exam-oriented systems. Based on these points, the authors suggest that parents and society, especially in China, need to change their mindsets of valuing exam achievements.....
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