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Education Policy Research Series Discussion Document No. 5: Education Systems in ASEAN+6 Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Educational Issues

What are the key issues, challenges and opportunities for improving educational systems across the ASEAN+6 countries?

Education Systems in ASEAN+6 Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Educational Issues reviews and analyses a range of selected issues in education systems of the ASEAN+6 countries focusing on three key policy areas: 1) sector policy and management frameworks, 2) secondary education, and 3) technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

Education Policy Research Series Discussion Document No. 4: Financing of Secondary Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Synthesis Pape

This Discussion Document provides a regional synthesis of country surveys, case studies and secondary data analysis on the financing of secondary education launched by UNESCO Bangkok.

The synthesis provides an overview of the status of secondary education in the Asia-Pacific region, including national policies and experiences related to education financing, along with reflections and suggestions for building sustainable financing policies and strategies.

Education Policy Research Series Discussion Document No. 2: Culture and Learning: Reconstructing Research on Learning for Students in Asia and the Pacific

This Discussion Document argues that learning needs to be viewed in the cultural contexts that construct it. Learning is not some objectified process that works the same way for all learners.

Education Policy Research Series Discussion Document No. 1: The Use of Student Assessment for Policy and Learning Improvement

The interest in assessment issues is clearly growing. Other than an increasing trend seen in countries and economies of the Asia-Pacific region participating in international assessments, more and more countries are looking into a multi-level approach to assessment and shifting the focus towards classroom and school-based assessments in order to mitigate the negative side effects of high-stake examinations.

Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs around the World: Dimensions for Success

Entrepreneurship has attracted global interest for its potential to catalyze economic and social development. Research suggesting that certain entrepreneurial mindsets and skills can be learned has given rise to the field of entrepreneurship education and training (EET). Despite the growth of EET, global knowledge about these programs and their impact remains thin. In response, this study surveys the available literature and program evaluations to propose a Conceptual Framework for understanding the EET program landscape.

Entrepreneurship Education and Training: Insights from Ghana, Kenya, and Mozambique

Empirical research has found that entrepreneurial activity correlates positively with innovation and job creation, and governments around the world have shown a growing interest in interventions that promote entrepreneurial success. However, research on whether entrepreneurial success can be taught has reached mixed conclusions, and even the landscape of what is being taught is poorly known.

Getting Better: What Education Systems in Less Developed Countries Can Learn from Evidence-based Medicine

This Getting Better project aims to help improve education in less economically developed countries (LEDCs). It grew from the observations that medicine has made marked performance improvements in many areas in recent decades, and that is has a strong culture of producing evidence, critiquing it and basing decisions on it. This evidence-based practice contrasts starkly with the norm in education in LEDCs, where attainment standards are generally flat or sometimes declining.

Access to Finance for Low-cost Private Schools in Pakistan

There is little private sector development research that analyzes the LCPS sector from a MSME entrepreneurship perspective in Pakistan. However, an International Finance Corporation (IFC) report on private schools in Pakistan asserts that 76% of private schools produce financial statements. While low fee schools are increasingly viewed as an attractive investment proposition for commercial investment purposes, it is essential to explore financing options for such schools to secure long-term financial viability.

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