Denis McCauley | December 7th 2012 | @EG_LeadershipTE
In our recently published global education index – one component of The Learning Curve programme of research – three Asian nations (South Korea, Japan and Singapore) and one territory (Hong Kong) take four of the top five places. (Finland occupies the pole position.) Why, we ask in an accompanying article, are Asian nations such strong education performers? Students in East Asia, including in China – notably Shanghai, whose 15-year-olds topped the most recent PISA tests – and in Singapore frequently outperform Western counterparts in international tests.
Such strong results naturally lead policymakers and experts to ask, What are the secrets of Asia's success? Our research suggests that there are a number of common factors, although not all of them can readily be applied by educational systems in other countries.