Educational Policy and National Character: Africa, Japan, the United States, and the Soviet Union / Edition 1

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This study is an integrated approach to how the problems of education are related to those of national development in Africa, Japan, the United States, and the former Soviet Union. These four were selected because Africa represents the Third World; Japan the emerging powers, the United States, Western democracy, and the Soviet Union the socialist world. The study is based on the assumption that a detailed study of these four countries will help to establish the relationship that exists between the problems of education and those of national development.

Nations are facing problems in their struggle for development because they are unable to resolve problems of education. While socialist nations seem to focus on the development of the state as a condition of seeking the development of the individual, Western nations seek the development of the individual as a condition of national development. That both systems are experiencing serious problems in both education and national development suggests that there must be a reexamination of policy strategies. This book will be of interest to political scientists and students of comparative education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944230
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

DICKSON A. MUNGAZI is Professor of Educational Foundations and History of Southern Africa at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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Table of Contents

1 Crisis in Education after the Second World War 1
2 The Influence of History: The Importance of Knowledge of the Past 23
3 Theoretical Considerations: The Basis of Effective Education 45
4 Objectives: A Means of Constructing the Character of Education 67
5 The Curriculum: An Instrument of Fulfilling National Purpose 87
6 Administration: The Vehicle of the Educational System 107
7 Problems: Detractors from the Educational Process 129
8 Educational Policy and National Character: Summary, Conclusions, and Implications 153
Selected Bibliography 185
Name Index 201
Subject Index 205
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