Song, S. (2015). Cambodia teachers’ responses to child-centered instructional policies: A mismatch between beliefs and practices, Teaching and Teacher Education, 50, 36-45.

Author: - September , 2015


Cambodia and her international development partners have been promoting child-centered pedagogy for almost two decades. However, classroom instruction remains predominantly front-oriented and textbook-based. Drawing on questionnaire and interview surveys with primary school teachers in two districts of Cambodia, this study analyzes teachers’ beliefs in and classroom implementation of child-centered pedagogy. It has found that teachers fail to adopt this new pedagogy in their classrooms despite their overwhelming support for it. Teachers’ failure to act on their beliefs stems from two major reasons: constraining classroom realities and their superficial understanding of the principles underlying child-centered pedagogy.



BONG Angkeara

Research Associate

HENG Sambath

Research Assistant

KEO Borin, MEc

(On study leave)


Senior Research Fellow

LENG Phirom, PhD

Research Fellow / Unit Head

SONG Sopheak, PhD

Research Fellow

TEK Muy Tieng

(On study leave)

YOU Saokeo Khantey

Research Associate