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Transforming Education

Global Perspectives, Experiences and Implications


Edited By Robert A. DeVillar, Binbin Jiang and Jim Cummins

This research-based volume presents a substantive, panoramic view of ways in which Australia and countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America engage in educational programs and practices to transform the learning processes and outcomes of their students. It reveals and analyzes national and global trajectories in key areas of educational development, and enhances readers’ understanding of the nature and complexity of educational transformation in a global context. The book’s comprehensive analysis of factors associated with transforming education within globally representative geographical, cultural, and political contexts contributes to critical scholarship; its discussion of individual country findings and cross-country patterns has significant implications for educational practitioners and leaders. The volume has direct practical relevance for educational practitioners and leaders, policymakers, and researchers, as nations remain in dire need of effective ways and means to transform their respective educational systems to (1) more ably realize educational equity, (2) make learning relevant to an increasingly diverse overall student populace, (3) ensure individual and general prosperity, and (4) promote substantive global collaboration in developing the new economy.
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We are delighted and honored to express our gratitude and appreciation to those who provided support, assistance, and guidance to us at different stages in our editing of this book.

We are deeply grateful to Greg Goodman, as series editor, for his support, understanding, and consummate professionalism throughout the demanding process associated with the book’s ultimate production. We also are very appreciative of the excellent copyediting and formatting of the book by Peter Lang’s outstanding staff, Phyllis Korper and Sophie Appel. We extend our sincere appreciation to Chris Meyers and others at Peter Lang for their strong support and helpful guidance during the process of producing this book.

In Spring 2012, Robert received a Global Learning Grant from the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University, which provided one course release for him. The grant furnished him valuable time that contributed to the completion of the book. In addition, Catherine Kloud, our graduate research assistant at Kennesaw State University, assisted in generating a fine preliminary draft of the index of the book. We extend our deepest appreciation to Barbara Morton for producing the final index.

As this book is an international collaboration of scholars and researchers from across the globe, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each for their active participation in contributing to this volume their research-based and research-informed works on transforming education in macro and micro contexts. Their timeliness← IX | X → in meeting each due date and...

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