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School improvement: east versus west

School improvement: east versus west

In Hong Kong new secondary curriculum has already emphasised the teaching of “21st- century skills” such as “learning how to learn”.  Now, in a similar vein, Mr Ng says Hong Kong wants to use technology to “enable our students to become self-directed learners”, and to encourage “pedagogical innovation” so that “active learning can take place anytime and anywhere”.  In England, by contrast, Mr Gove has encouraged a strict focus on “essential” subject knowledge and introduced a curriculum to match.  Now the two places could also be seen as moving in different directions over teacher working conditions.  Mr Gove’s department is attempting to remove limits on teachers’ hours and abolishing rules that prevent them from being asked to carry out certain clerical and administrative tasks.

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