Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School / Edition 23

Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School / Edition 23

by Martin Carnoy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804755973

ISBN-13: 9780804755979

Pub. Date: 03/12/2007

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In this book, Martin Carnoy explores the surprising success of the Cuban educational system, where the average elementary school student learns much more than her Latin American peers. In developing the case for Cuba's supportive social context and centralized management of education, Carnoy asks important questions about educational systems in general. How

Overview

In this book, Martin Carnoy explores the surprising success of the Cuban educational system, where the average elementary school student learns much more than her Latin American peers. In developing the case for Cuba's supportive social context and centralized management of education, Carnoy asks important questions about educational systems in general. How responsible should government be for creating environments that encourage academic achievement? How much autonomy should teachers and schools have over their classrooms? Is there an inherent tradeoff between promoting individual choice and a better system of schooling?

Cuba's Academic Advantage challenges many prevailing views about the effectiveness of educational markets, school and teacher autonomy, decentralized decision-making, and government responsibility for children's social and economic welfare. Drawing on interviews with teachers, principals, and policymakers, as well as hours of videotaped material taken in more than 30 classrooms, this book brings new evidence to bear on controversial educational issues currently under debate in many countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804755979
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/12/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Context Matters     1
Three Educational Systems in Three Social Contexts     18
Understanding Why School Achievement Varies     45
Comparing Academic Performance in Cuba and Other Latin American Countries     56
The Long Road from Curriculum Construction to Student Learning     78
Opportunity to Learn and Teaching Patterns     112
Lessons Learned     141
A Production Function Estimates of Student Achievement in Latin America, by Country     161
B Definitions of Terms Used in Chapter 6 and Task Analysis Guide     180
Notes     185
References     193
Index     201

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