National Differences, Global Similarities: World Culture and the Future of Schooling / Edition 1

National Differences, Global Similarities: World Culture and the Future of Schooling / Edition 1

by David Baker, Gerald LeTendre, Gerald Letendre
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804750211

ISBN-13: 9780804750219

Pub. Date: 03/08/2005

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Using American schools as a reference point, this book provides a comprehensive, comparative description of schooling as a global institution. Each chapter develops a story about a particular global trend: continuing gender differences in achievement, new methods nations employ to govern their schools, the rapidly increasing use of private tutoring, school

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Using American schools as a reference point, this book provides a comprehensive, comparative description of schooling as a global institution. Each chapter develops a story about a particular global trend: continuing gender differences in achievement, new methods nations employ to govern their schools, the rapidly increasing use of private tutoring, school violence, the development of effective curriculums, and the everyday work of teachers, among other topics.

The authors draw on a four-year investigation conducted in forty-seven countries that examined many aspects of K-12 schooling, such as how schools are run, what teachers teach, and what students learn in mathematics and science. Baker and LeTendre present the results of the study in a non-technical and accessible fashion, outlining the implications of current trends for both education policy discussions and theoretical explorations of the role of education in society. Running throughout the book is a discussion of how world educational trends and the forces behind them will work to change and shape the possible directions education may take in the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804750219
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/08/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
892,797
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The global environment of national school systems1
2The declining significance of gender and the rise of egalitarian mathematics education16
3Symbiotic institutions : changing global dynamics between family and schooling34
4Demand for achievement : the worldwide growth of shadow education systems54
5Rich land, poor schools : inequality of national educational resources and achievement of disadvantaged students71
6Safe schools, dangerous nations : the paradox of school violence86
7The universal math teacher? : international beliefs, national work roles, and local practice104
8Schoolwork at home? : low-quality schooling and homework117
9Slouching toward a global ideology : the devolution revolution in education governance134
10Nation versus nation : the race to be the first in the world150
11Conclusion : observing modern schooling as an institution169

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