Saturday, September 4, 2010

Education and Social Inequality in the global Culture

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Joseph I. Zajda, Karen Biraimah, William Gaudelli
Springer 2008 - 209pages

The book critically examines the overall interplay between globalisation, social inequality and education. It draws upon recent studies in the areas of globalisation, educational inequalities and the role of the State. It explores conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches applicable in the research covering the State, globalisation, social stratification and education. It demonstrates the neo-liberal ideological imperatives of education and policy reforms, and illustrates the way the relationship between the State and education policy affects current models and trends in education reforms and schooling globally. Various book chapters critique the dominant discourses and debates pertaining to the newly constructed and re-invented models of neo-liberal ideology in education, set against the current climate of growing social stratification and unequal access to quality education for all. The book, constructed against this pervasive anti-dialogical backdrop, aims to widen, deepen, and in some cases open, discourse related to globalisation, and new dimensions of social inequality in the global culture. It is presented around three particular dimensions: hegemony, equity, and cultural capital, as these continue to be most significant dimensions defining social inequality in the global culture. The book explores the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the State, globalisation and social change. Using a number of diverse paradigms, ranging from critical theory to globalisation, the authors, by focusing on globalisation, ideology and social inequality, attempt to examine critically both the reasons and outcomes of education reforms, policy change and transformation and provide a more informed critique on the Western-driven models of accountability, quality and school effectiveness. The book draws upon recent studies in the areas of equity, cultural capital and dominant ideologies in education. It examines the overall interplay between globalisation, ideology and social inequality in education.

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American education

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Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubb
John Wiley and Sons, 2009 - 223 pages

Praise for Liberating Learning
"Moe and Chubb have delivered a truly stunning book, rich with the prospect of how technology is already revolutionizing learning in communities from Midland, Pennsylvania to Gurgaon, India. At the same time, this is a sobering telling of the realpolitik of education, a battle in which the status quo is well defended. But most of all, this book is a call to action, a call to unleash the power of technological innovation to create an education system worthy of our aspirations and our childrens' dreams." —Ted Mitchell, CEO of the New Schools Venture Fund

"As long as we continue to educate students without regard for the way the real world works, we will continue to limit their choices. In Liberating Learning, Terry Moe and John Chubb push us to ask the questions we should be asking, to have the hard conversations about how far technology can go to advance student achievement in this country." —Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of Education for the Washington, D.C. schools

"A brilliant analysis of how technology is destined to transform America's schools for the better: not simply by generating new ways of learning, but also—and surprisingly—by unleashing forces that weaken its political opponents and open up the political process to educational change. A provocative, entirely novel vision of the future of American education." —Rick Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

"Terry Moe and John Chubb, two long-time, astute observers of educational reform, see technology as the way to reverse decades of failed efforts. Technology will facilitate significantly more individualized student learning—and perhaps most importantly, technology will make it harder and harder for the entrenched adult interests to block the reforms that are right for our kids. This is a provocative, informative and, ultimately, optimistic read, something we badly need in public education." —Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City schools

Catching up or Leading the Way: American Education in The Age of Globalization

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Yong Zhao
ASCD, 2009 - 229 pages

At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States heading down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society--are schools actually undermining their strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization? Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim? Yong Zhao, born and raised in China and now a professsor at Michigan State University, bases many of his observations on his firsthand experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States.

Encyclopedia of American Education, Volume 1

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Harlow G. Unger
Facts On File, 2007 - 1370 pages

Praise for the previous edition: Choice "Outstanding Academic Title, 2002" "As the only comprehensive reference on U.S. education, this work is essential for academic libraries and for public libraries seeking to provide thorough coverage of education."--Library Journal, starred review "Overall, this volume is first-rate...highly recommended for all education collections and as a gateway source in all types of libraries."--American Reference Books Annual "...a worthwhile purchase...[for] general and academic collections, all levels."--Choice The only comprehensive reference to the development and present state of American education, Encyclopedia of American Education, Third Edition contains more than 2,000 entries spanning the colonial period to the present. This authoritative three-volume reference provides a wealth of up-to-date information on virtually every aspect of education, from the evolution of school curriculum, education funding, and church-state controversies to the latest debates on multiculturalism, prayer in school, and sex education. Author Harlow G. Unger, one of the country's foremost education experts, has substantially updated existing entries and added more than 40 new entries. Appendixes include significant federal legislation, important U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and lists of undergraduate majors and graduate school programs. More than 10 new photographs have been added to this edition, and more than half a dozen experts in education served as editorial consultants for this encyclopedia. Key updates include: *A new introduction providing an overview of the history of American education *Current information on education in each state *New statistics and other education figures *Entries on new legislation and government actions *Coverage of the latest controversies and trends in education. New and revised entries include: *Academic quality at state universities *Campus security *Charitable giving *College graduation rates *Concurrent enrollment *Creation science *Crime on campus *Dropout rates vs. graduation rates *Early college *Educational outcomes at U.S. colleges *Federal intrusion into education *For-profit education *High school reform movement *Intelligent design *Interactive whiteboards *Islam *National Assessment of Educational Progress results *The "No Child Left Behind" law and its effects *On-campus military recruitment *Online libraries *Private foundations *Race in college admissions *State-by-state academic comparisons *State-by-state high school graduation rates *Work readiness *World Digital Library. Coverage includes: *Academic standards *Bilingual education *Charter schools *Classroom and library technology *Distance learning *Educational gender gap *Federal and state education laws *Home schooling *National and state testing *School choic and vouchers *U.S. Supreme Court decisions.