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Overview

This book is based on the notion that an adequate response to globalization challenges requires a holistic approach to several different dimensions-immigration, technology, economy, and environment-as well as effective collaboration and coordination among the central domains of education: curriculum, teaching, and teacher education. Several cases of policy-making are presented in order to elicit common features as guidelines for the holistic policy-making model proposed in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

Gary McCulloch
This outstanding volume draws on many years of experience and research to bring exceptional understanding to the problems of globalisation and education policy. The breadth of its range of insights, embracing international, national and personal aspects of educational reform, matches the depth of its analysis of past, present, and future change. In the spirit of its refreshingly holistic vision, it deserves and will surely receive the close attention of scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners alike.
David C. Berliner
With insight, clarity, and a lifetime of experience, Ben-Peretz reveals how globalization affects every nations' ability to educate new immigrants and design sensible curriculum for rapidly changing societies. She raises issues every educator must address in an age of interdependence and interconnectedness of people and economies.
Lee Shulman
As the earth grows flatter and smaller, neither schools nor the policies that guide them can remain locked in the past. Miriam Ben-Peretz, whose innovative thinking about curriculum and schooling has guided the field for several decades, now offers the educational world exciting new ideas for responding to those changes with courage and creativity.
August 2009 Research Book News
Ben-Peretz offers scholars, policy-makers, and educators an examination of educational policy-making in the context of the new demands and challenges of globalization.
November 2009 Teachers College Record
Not only does Ben-Peretz's lucid prose inform readers of the dramatically shifting world landscape encasing their daily experiences, her profound message provides suggestions concerning responsible and respectful action because, as she maintains, human beings are not without agency — even in uncertain times. . . . Miriam Ben-Peretz productively addresses the theory-practice-policy divide in Policy-Making in Education: A Holistic Approach in Response to Global Changes in a way that others have not done. I highly commend the volume to readers.
Diaspora
With this outstanding book one can set out on an exceptional and provocative journey which offers universal national and personal views. All of them reveal ideas and wisdom as they focus on policy-making in education.
F Michael Connelly
This important book comes at exactly the right time when cross-cultural curriculum issues have become the principal educational topic worldwide. There are three strengths of the book that will attract a wide readership. It takes an integrated, holistic, approach at a time when academic and policy fragmentation is rampant. It focuses on socio-cultural and educational issues amidst overwhelming one-sided technological, economic and political discussion of globalization. Its most important strength is that it approaches education with a curriculum, teaching, and learning starting point. Readers herein will find an intellectually rewarding alternative to most abstract postmodern theory and policy writings on this crucial topic. Ben Peretz's writing is always topical and always conceptually far reaching while being down to earth and practical. This book solidifies that reputation.
Research Book News
Ben-Peretz offers scholars, policy-makers, and educators an examination of educational policy-making in the context of the new demands and challenges of globalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607091615
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Ben-Peretz is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Haifa, former dean of the school of education at the University of Haifa, and past president of Tel-Hai Academic College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Global Changes: For Better or Worse? 1

Part I Introduction 3

1 Demographic Changes: Who Is Who in a Global World? 5

2 Economic Globalization: For Richer for Poorer, for Better for Worse 13

3 The Information Highway: Where Does It Lead? 19

4 Environmental Degradation 27

Part II The Magic Number "3": Coordinating Three Domains of Education in Response to Globalization 37

Part II Introduction 39

5 The Curriculum Domain and Policy-Making in Education 43

6 The Role of Teachers and Policy-Making in Education 55

7 Teacher Education and Policy-Making in Education 65

Part III The Anatomy of Policy-Making in Education: My Personal Experiences and Beyond 75

Part III Introduction 77

8 The Case of Reform of the Israeli Matriculation Examinations 79

9 The Case of Reform of Teacher Education 89

10 School Structure Reform in Israeli Schools: An Example of Synergy in Education 103

Part IV Policy-Making in Education in the Twenty-first Century 109

Part IV Introduction 111

11 Modes of Policy-Making in Education 113

12 Factors and Stakeholders That Influence Education Policy 127

13 A Holistic Framework for Policy-Making in Education in Response to Global Changes 133

Epilogue 151

Appendix 153

References 155

Index 165

About the Author 171

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