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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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Author Biographies


Dr. Sohyun An is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Kennesaw State University. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University in South Korea, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison She specializes in social studies education, global & international education, Asian American education, and the history and current issues of South Korean education. Her recent articles have appeared in journals such as Journal of Curriculum Studies, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of International Social Studies, The Social Studies, and Social Studies Research and Practice.

Dr. Henan Cheng is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Cheng was a clinical assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, where she taught courses on comparative and international education, philosophy of education, and mixed methods research. Her primary research interests include policy issues facing urban schools in the U.S., and educational development and policies in China. Her recent research has focused on education of ethnic minorities and children of internal migrants in China. Dr. Cheng holds degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from universities in China, an Ed.M. from Boston University, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. ← 268 | 269 →

Dr. James Cummins is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at...

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