Leading educational transformation in Asia: Sustaining the knowledge society

Alma Harris, Michelle Jones, Sailesh Sharma, Sathiamoorthy Kannan

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This article explores the implications of the knowledge society for education and education systems. It focuses on how education systems in Asia are contributing to the development and sustainability of the knowledge society through creating powerful professional learning communities. The article explores how professional collaboration, at scale, is being used to generate social capital in order to promote educational transformation and improvement. The article draws upon a range of theoretical perspectives to examine how professional learning communities are contributing to educational improvement and the construction of new knowledge. The article concludes by arguing that disciplined, collective and inter-dependent learning is critical for the knowledge society to be sustained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-221
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Issue number2
Early online date29 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • educational change
  • educational transformation
  • knowledge economy
  • knowledge society
  • professional collaboration
  • social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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