Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform / Edition 2

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Overview

"Reading Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform is like being on on interesting, sixteen-stop world study tour...By identifying the themes that weave throughout the chapters, Iris C. Rotberg helps the reader make sense of this worldwide intellectual journey, Rotberg does more than identify the themes; she illuminates them by constantly referencing the most essential points made by the individual contributors. What results is a theme, example, example, theme, example, example rhythm that provides readers with a thoughtful, manageable, and memorable conceptual framework that should enable them to draw upon the work in their own professional activities."- Ron Byrnes, Teachers College Record" "For every teaching and learning issue that divides this country, this hook shows that several other countries are having the same argument. For every cry of despair at the assorted failures of American schools, Rotberg introduces a host of nations-including some that American critics admire-who are hearing the same complaints about their education systems from their own experts."-Jay Mathews, The Washington Post" "This book goes beyond myths and stereotypes and describes the difficult trade-offs countries make as they attempt to implement reforms in the context of societal and global change. In some countries, reforms ore a response to major political or economic shifts; in others, they are motivated by large upsurges in immigration rind increased student diversity. All countries face decisions about resource allocation, equality of educational opportunity or mss diverse populations, access to higher education, student testing and tracking, teacher accountability, school choice, and innovation" "The essays in this volume reveal:" "the policy choices about the school reforms made by countries throughout the world," "the consequences associated with these choices, and" the role that societal values, historical antecedents, and political structures play in facilitating or constraining reform.

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Editorial Reviews

Ron Byrnes
...the chapters are...lucid, accessible, and insightful...Reading Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform is like being on an interesting sixteen stop, world study tour.
—Teachers College Records
Jay Matthews
The book is, in essence, a world tour of public education in the early 21st century.
—The Washington Post
The Washington Post
The book is, in essence, a world tour of public education in the early 21st century. For every teaching and learning issue that divides this country, the book shows that several other countries are having the same argument. For every cry of despair at the assorted failures of American schools, Rotberg introduces a host of nations—including some that American critics admire—who are hearing the same complaints about their education systems from their own experts.
— Jay Mathews
Teachers College Record
…the chapters are...lucid, accessible, and insightful, and the concluding chapter is a thoughtful synthesis of the themes that weave throughout the book....Rotberg gets the editing business right; as a result, education policy makers, scholars, and practitioners interested in comparative education reform will find the book's sum is greater than the individual parts.... I recommend the book because the individual case studies are informative. Reading Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform is like being on an interesting, sixteen stop, world study tour. I also recommend the book because Rotberg carefully and thoughtfully pieced together the concluding chapter. Readers who read the book from beginning to end will still be processing the sixteen stories and the wide-ranging content as they begin the final chapter. By identifying the themes that weave throughout the chapters, Rotberg helps the reader make sense of this worldwide intellectual journey. ... Rotberg does more than identify the themes; she illuminates them by constantly referencing the most essential points made by the individual contributors. What results is a theme, example, example, theme, example, example rhythm that provides readers with a thoughtful, manageable, and memorable conceptual framework that should enable them to draw upon the work in their own professional activities.
— Ron Byrnes
The Washington Post - Jay Mathews
The book is, in essence, a world tour of public education in the early twenty-first century. For every teaching and learning issue that divides this country, the book shows that several other countries are having the same argument. For every cry of despair at the assorted failures of American schools, Rotberg introduces a host of nations—including some that American critics admire—who are hearing the same complaints about their education systems from their own experts.
Teachers College Record - Ron Byrnes
The chapters are...lucid, accessible, and insightful, and the concluding chapter is a thoughtful synthesis of the themes that weave throughout the book....Rotberg gets the editing business right; as a result, education policy makers, scholars, and practitioners interested in comparative education reform will find the book's sum is greater than the individual parts....I recommend the book because the individual case studies are informative. Reading Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform is like being on an interesting, sixteen stop, world study tour. I also recommend the book because Rotberg carefully and thoughtfully pieced together the concluding chapter. Readers who read the book from beginning to end will still be processing the sixteen stories and the wide-ranging content as they begin the final chapter. By identifying the themes that weave throughout the chapters, Rotberg helps the reader make sense of this worldwide intellectual journey....Rotberg does more than identify the themes; she illuminates them by constantly referencing the most essential points made by the individual contributors. What results is a theme, example, example, theme, example, example rhythm that provides readers with a thoughtful, manageable, and memorable conceptual framework that should enable them to draw upon the work in their own professional activities.
Inc. Book News
Twenty-five international academics, researchers, consultants, policymakers, and journalists contribute 16 chapters analyzing educational reforms in 16 countries from around the world…. Some of the countries represented have undergone major changes in their political and economic systems, while others have experienced significant demographic changes. The papers demonstrate the high priority given to education reform in the face of rapidly changing societies and global demands, and highlight how decisions about education reform in the face of rapidly changing societies and global demands, and highlight how decisions about education will ultimately facilitate or impede economic growth, improvements in the quality of life, and social justice. The second edition contains the 16 original country chapters, each followed by an update on developments in the country's educational reforms over the past five years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607095019
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris C. Rotberg is a research professor of education policy at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface Mary Hatwood Futrell Futrell, Mary Hatwood

Preface to the Second Edition Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C.

Part I: Dramatic Political/Economic Change Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C.

1 China: Turning the Bad Master into a Good Servant Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 3

Follow-Up 2010: Kai-ming Cheng Kai-ming Cheng Cheng, Kai-ming 15

2 Russia: Struggling with the Aftermath Kai-ming Cheng Cheng, Kai-ming 21

Follow-Up 2010: Stephen T. Kerr Stephen T. Kerr Kerr, Stephen T. 45

3 South Africa: Overcoming Past Injustice Stephen T. Kerr Kerr, Stephen T. 51

Follow-Up 2010: Luis Crouch and Martin Gustafsson Luis Crouch Crouch, Luis 70

4 Chile: Vouchers and Beyond Luis Crouch Crouch, Luis 77

Follow-Up 2010: Robert W. McMeekin Robert W. McMeekin McMeekin, Robert W. 96

5 Germany: After Reunification Robert W. McMeekin McMeekin, Robert W. 103

Follow-Up 2010: Barbara M. Kehm Barbara M. Kehm Kehm, Barbara M. 115

Part II: Letting Go Barbara M. Kehm Kehm, Barbara M.

6 France: Diverse Populations, Centralized Administration Barbara M. Kehm Kehm, Barbara M. 121

Follow Up 2010: Gb1srard Bonnet Gb1srard Bonnet Bonnet, Gb1srard 141

7 Turkey: Innovation and Tradition Gb1srard Bonnet Bonnet, Gb1srard 149

Follow-Up 2010: Hasan Simsek and Ali Yildirim Ali Yildirim Yildirim, Ali 175

8 Sweden: A Welfare State in Transition Ali Yildirim Yildirim, Ali 181

Follow-Up 2010: Eva Forsberg and Ulf P. Lundgren Ulf P. Lundgren Lundgren, Ulf P. 196

9 Israel: Equity and Competition in the Grip of Centralized Bureaucracy Ulf P. Lundgren Lundgren, Ulf P. 201

Follow Up 2010: Adam Nir, Dan Inbar, and Ori Eyal Dan Inbar Inbar, Dan 217

10 Japan: Encouraging Individualism, Maintaining Community Values Dan Inbar Inbar, Dan 223

Follow-Up 2010: Ryo Watanabe Ryo Watanabe Watanabe, Ryo 234

Part III: Transitions Ryo Watanabe Watanabe, Ryo

11 Singapore: Schools in the Service of Society Ryo Watanabe Watanabe, Ryo 241

Follow-Up 2010: Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew Chew, Phyllis Ghim-Lian 253

12 Canada: A Multicultural Policy Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew Chew, Phyllis Ghim-Lian 259

Follow-Up 2010: Ratna Ghosh Ratna Ghosh Ghosh, Ratna 275

13 New Zealand: Empowering Teachers and Children Ratna Ghosh Ghosh, Ratna 281

Follow-Up 2010: Terry J. Crooks Terry J. Crooks Crooks, Terry J. 305

14 England: New Governments, New Policies Terry J. Crooks Crooks, Terry J. 311

Follow-Up 2010: Alison Wolf Alison Wolf Wolf, Alison 334

15 Australia: The Challenges of Poverty, Pedagogy, and Pathways Alison Wolf Wolf, Alison 339

Follow-Up 2010: Allan Luke Allan Luke Luke, Allan 348

16 United States: America's Orgy of Reform Allan Luke Luke, Allan 355

Follow-Up 2010: Richard Rothstein Peter Schrag Schrag, Peter 374

Concluding Thoughts: On Change, Tradition, and Choices Peter Schrag Schrag, Peter 381

Follow-Up 2010: Iris C. Rotberg Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 404

Notes Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 415

Index Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 425

About the Contributors Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 433

About the Editor Iris C. Rotberg Rotberg, Iris C. 439

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