ERIC Number: ED489044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform
Rotberg, Iris C., Ed.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
In Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, Rotberg brings together examples of current education reforms in sixteen countries, written by "insiders". 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 are a response to major political or economic shifts; in others, they are motivated by large upsurges in immigration and increased student diversity. Irrespective of the reasons for education reform, all countries face decisions about resource allocation, equality of educational opportunity across diverse populations, access to higher education, student testing and tracking, teacher accountability, school choice, and innovation. The essays in this volume reveal: (1) the policy choices about the school reforms made by countries throughout the world; (2) the consequences associated with these choices; and (3) the role that societal values, historical antecedents, and political structures play in facilitating or constraining reform. Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform is an invaluable resource for policymakers, faculty, students, and anyone interested in how decisions made about the education system ultimately affect the quality of education, educational access, and social justice. The book presents a Foreword (Mary Hatwood Futrell); and Preface (Iris C. Rotberg), then is divided into three parts. Part I, Dramatic Political/ Economic Change, contains the following chapters and authors: (1) China: Turning the Bad Master into a Good Servant (Kai-ming Cheng); (2) Russia: Struggling with the Aftermath (Mary Canning, Stephen T. Kerr); (3) South Africa: Overcoming Past Injustice (Luis Crouch); (4) Chile: Vouchers and Beyond (Robert W. McMeekin); and (5) Germany: After Reunification (Barbara M. Kehm). Part II, Letting Go, offers the next 5 chapters: (6) France: Diverse Populations, Centralized Administration (Gerard Bonnet); (7) Turkey: Innovation and Tradition (Hasan Simsek, Ali Yildirim); (8) Sweden: A Welfare State in Transition (Eva Forsberg, Ulf P. Lundgren); (9) Israel: From Egalitarianism to Competition (Adam Nir, Dan Inbar); and (10) Japan: Encouraging Individualism, Maintaining Community Values (Ryo Watanabe); and Part III, Transitions, provides the final chapters: (11) Singapore: Schools in the Service of Society (Batia P. Horsky, Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew); (12) Canada: A Multicultural Policy (Ratna Ghosh); (13) New Zealand: Empowering Teachers and Children (Terry J. Crooks); (14) England: New Governments, New Policies (Alison Wolf); (15) Australia: The Challenges of Poverty, Pedagogy and Pathways (Allan Luke); and (16) United States: America's Orgy of Reform (Peter Schrag). The book ends with: Concluding Thoughts: On Change, Tradition, and Choices (Iris C. Rotberg); the Index; and About the Contributors.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Values, Student Diversity, Economic Change, Educational Change, Educational Policy, School Choice, Poverty, Educational Administration, Global Education
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Audience: Students; Teachers; Policymakers
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