Despite superb rankings on international league tables Asian educators are now shunning traditional teaching methods like rote learning, homework and exams.
Dr. Yong Zhao says the best lessons from Asian education systems in places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore, do not relate to what helped them achieve their high flying status, but to what they are turning to.
He spoke to Nine to Noon 's Kathryn Ryan
Dr. Zhao has been presenting his latest research "lessons that matter: What should we learn from Asia's school systems," at the Global Education Leadership Partnership (GELP) event which is being hosted by New Zealand for the first time ever.
The event, Building Future Learning Systems: Ngā Kāwai Hono - where the web of relationships and virtual connections meet, brings together global education system leaders committed to working and learning together to transform education systems so that every learner can develop the skills and knowledge they need to survive and thrive in the 21st century. His paper fits into one of the themes of the event which is looking at cultural frameworks - his is from an Asian perspective.
Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally acclaimed scholar, author, and speaker. He is the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.