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The World Leaders in Education

Lessons from the Successes and Drawbacks of Their Methods

Edited By Hani Morgan and Christopher Barry

The World Leaders in Education: Lessons from the Successes and Drawbacks of Their Methods explores the practices and policies that the highest-ranking nations in education implement to achieve their success. Topics include the education of disadvantaged students; cultural attitudes toward education; teacher preparation; and teacher salaries. Eight countries are examined: China, Japan, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Finland, and the United States. The United States is discussed for several reasons, including its large number of strong performers on international tests and its notable history in education. The book looks at both the successes and the failings of these nations, and also mentions the possibilities and limitations of implementing the practices of world-class nations in education in areas where students tend to perform poorly on tests like the PISA. This book may be used for undergraduate and graduate courses such as comparative education.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The world leaders in education: lessons from the successes and drawbacks of their methods / edited by Hani Morgan, Christopher Barry. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Comparative education. 2. Education—Cross-cultural studies. 3. Education and state—Cross-cultural studies. 4. Academic achievement— Cross-cultural studies. 5. Educational evaluation—Cross-cultural studies. I. Morgan, Hani, editor. II. Barry, Christopher T., editor. LB43.W69 370.9—dc23 2015023823 ISBN 978-1-4331-2957-5 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2956-8 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1592-9 (e-book) Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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