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Audacious Education Purposes

How Governments Transform the Goals of Education Systems

Editors: Reimers, Fernando M. (Ed.)

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  • Offers original and important insights on how countries change schools
  • Analyses comprehensive national education reforms in eight different countries
  • Traces the roots of current efforts to make education relevant 
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This open access book offers a comparative study of eight ambitious national reforms that sought to create opportunities for students to gain the necessary breath of skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. It examines how national governments transform education systems to provide students opportunities to develop such skills. It analyses comprehensive education reforms in Brazil, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal and Russia and yields original and important insights on the process of educational change. The analysis of these 21st century skills reforms shows that reformers followed approaches which are based on the five perspectives: cultural, psychological, professional, institutional and political. Most reforms relied on institutional and political perspectives. They highlight the systemic nature of the process of educational change, and the need for alignment and coherence among the various elements of the system in order. They underscore the importance of addressing the interests of various stakeholders of the education system in obtaining the necessary impetus to initiate and sustain change. In contrast, as the book shows, the use of a cultural and psychological frame proved rarer, missing important opportunities to draw on systematic analysis of emerging demands for schools and on cognitive science to inform the changes in the organization of instruction. Drawing on a rich array of sources and evidence the book provides a careful account of how education reform works in practice.


About the authors

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He is a member of UNESCO’s high level commission on the Futures of Education.


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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Thinking Multidimensionally About Ambitious Educational Change

    Pages 1-46

    Reimers, Fernando M.

  • Curriculum Reform in Brazil to Develop Skills for the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 47-64

    Costin, Claudia (et al.)

  • Curriculum and Teacher Education Reforms in Finland That Support the Development of Competences for the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 65-80

    Lavonen, Jari

  • Japanese Education Reform Towards Twenty-First Century Education

    Pages 81-103

    Yamanaka, Shinichi (et al.)

  • Education Truly Matters: Key Lessons from Mexico’s Educational Reform for Educating the Whole Child

    Pages 105-151

    Bonilla-Rius, Elisa

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Audacious Education Purposes
Book Subtitle
How Governments Transform the Goals of Education Systems
Editors
  • Fernando M. Reimers
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41882-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41882-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41881-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-41884-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 250
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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