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Reciprocal Learning, Pedagogy and High-Performing Education Systems: Learnings from and for Singapore

Deng, Z; (2019) Reciprocal Learning, Pedagogy and High-Performing Education Systems: Learnings from and for Singapore. Teachers and Teaching. Theory and practice , 25 (6) pp. 647-663. 10.1080/13540602.2019.1671326.

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Abstract

Employing Connelly and Xu’s (this issue) conceptualisation of reciprocal learning, the article explores the potential for reciprocal learning about pedagogy provided by a body of PISA-inspired literature on high-performing education systems. I argue that the opportunities for reciprocal learning provided by that body of literature is rather limited and problematic because of its uncritical acceptance of the OECD’s basic premises about PISA and because of its employment of the ‘best practices’ approach to policy borrowing. Using Singapore as a case, I contend that reciprocal learning needs to be informed by the cultural historical narratives behind the development of an education system and a theory of pedagogy that locates the practice of teaching within a broad social, institutional, and instructional context of schooling. I discuss lessons from and for Singapore concerning the purposes of schooling, institutional norms and arrangements, and pedagogical practice.

Type: Article
Title: Reciprocal Learning, Pedagogy and High-Performing Education Systems: Learnings from and for Singapore
DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2019.1671326
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2019.1671326
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Reciprocal learning, PISA, Pedagogy, High-performing education systems, Singapore
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089484
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