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ERIC Number: ED528444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 162
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-6233-0
Globalization of a Teacher Education Program at a Comprehensive State University Campus: A Case Study
Sburlan, Aura Felicia
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Globalization affects all the areas of the world economy, nations, countries, institutions and people (Armstrong, 2007; Suarez-Orozco, 2004). Meaning of this complex phenomenon is understood differently by leaders and the people involved in activities related to global economies. Higher education institutions such as universities are in the midst of understanding their role and mission at the local, national and global level (Armstrong, 2007, "New Directions for Higher Education"). This study describes how senior leaders at a public, comprehensive, regional university with a "global outlook", which is part of a multi-campus state university system, integrated global initiatives into the university's teacher education programs and mission. The study describes in depth the process of implementation of a global initiative in teacher's professional development for Chinese educators. In analyzing the leaders' role in implementing global initiatives, the study employs two theoretical frameworks. First, the leadership orientation is analyzed through Bolman and Deal's (2003) four frames of leadership. Second, the study adopted Armstrong's (2007) perspective of multinational model to analyze the meaning local university senior leaders attached to globalization. The study found a large range of perspectives on understanding how globalization influences mission, curriculum and partnerships between a US public university and Chinese higher education institutions on teacher education. Findings from the study revealed the President's vision is crucial for the implementation of innovations related to globalization at a public regional comprehensive university. Interviews with senior public university leaders confirmed the fact that local meaning attributed to the complex globalization phenomenon is not universal. Leaders interpret globalization through an eclectic perspective. The study found that leaders who have a vision and advocates through speeches, active participation to local, national and international events, are able to create alliances with different constituencies, are agents of change able to lead innovation into their educational institutions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States