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High School for All in East Asia

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Although late to industrialize, East Asia has witnessed rapid development whilst maintaining some of the highest educational enrollment rates and indicators of academic achievement globally. From major players, such as China, to small city-states, such as Singapore, economic success and the growth of education have seemingly unfolded simultaneously. This book therefore seeks to better understand the relationship between these powerful economies and their commitment to educational expansion. Exploring the universalization of upper secondary schooling, it assesses the social foundations of the region's economic development. Chapters covering each of the countries of East Asia trace how upper secondary school functions as the support for the mass manufacturing labor force, which has been instrumental in East Asian economic expansion. These analyses then compare the experiences of the different nations along two major axes: the relationship between public and private provision and the balance between general and vocational tracks. Finally, this book goes onto examine recent trends, including the slowing of social development and declining fertility, and ultimately asks, can East Asia maintain its world leading development and educational standards? Combining a wealth of quantitative data and policy analyses, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Asian and international education.

Author Biography

Shinichi Aizawa is Associate Professor in the School of Contemporary Sociology at Chukyo University, Toyota, Japan. His research focuses on secondary education, social equality, development, and poverty from comparative and historical sociological view. He was also Visiting Professor in Free University Berlin from 2016 to 2017. Mei Kagawa is Project Research associate at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research focuses on school to work transition, life course and secondary education. Jeremy Rappleye is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Kyoto University, Japan. He was formerly a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Special Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo (2007 - 2009) after completing his doctoral degree at Oxford University.
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July 27th, 2018
Edited by Jeremy Rappleye Edited by Mei Kagawa Edited by Shinichi Aizawa
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
50 Line drawings, black and white; 19 Tables, black and white; 50 Illustrations, black and white
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