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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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Transforming education: global perspectives, experiences and implications / edited by Robert A. DeVillar, Binbin Jiang, Jim Cummins.pages cm. — (Educational psychology: critical pedagogical perspectives; v. 24) Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. School improvement programs—Case studies. 2. Educational change—Case studies.3. Teachers—Training of—Case studies. 4. Learning, Psychology of—Case studies.5. Education—Cross-cultural studies. 6. Education and globalization.

I. DeVillar, Robert A.

LB2822.8.T73 371.2’07—dc23 2013012580ISBN 978-1-4331-2038-1 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2037-4 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1127-3 (e-book)ISSN 1943-8109

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