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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2001): Education - Overseas

BUSINESS GOES BACK TO THE CLASSROOM

A. Maitland

Financial Times, June 22nd 2001, p. 14

Describes a Dutch experiment which aims to tackle a severe shortage of teachers by using secondments from business. This project represents a new model of corporate social responsibility in the Netherlands and offers lessons for other countries suffering teacher shortages.

CREDITS, CURRICULUM, AND CONTROL IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CROSS-NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

T. C. Mason, R. F. Arnove and M. Sutton

Higher Education, vol. 42, 2001, p. 107-137

This paper looks at the academic credit systems in Indonesia, Nicaragua and Vietnam. It explores how academic credits can be used as a method of monitoring student progress and how they have been and continue to be linked to policies and institutions associated with capitalist, market-drive economic systems. It looks specifically at:

  • linkages to political and economic systems: higher education as vocational training;
  • standardization, efficiency and technology
  • who controls the curriculum.

FORUM FUTURES: EXPLORING THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, 2000 PAPERS

M. Devin and J. Meyerson (eds.)

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001 (Forum strategy series; vol. 3)

This book focuses on the future of U.S. colleges and universities and contains insights and recommendations from some of the best minds in education. It examines issues of strategy, finance and technology and looks at:

  • a call for directing change from within institutions rather than merely reacting to the forces of change that surround them;
  • a practical vision for developing, using and applying information technology;
  • a proven model - Sustaining Administrative Improvement - that focuses on the tools that lead most efficiently and assuredly to improved performance.

THE HUMAN SIDE OF SCHOOL CHANGE: REFORM RESISTANCE AND THE REAL-LIFE PROBLEMS OF INNOVATION

R. Evans

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001

This book gives an insight into school reform in America. It looks at real-life hurdles to implementing innovations and examines why the best intended efforts are stalled by "educators who too often feel burdened and conflicted by the change process." This book provides a new model of leadership and ideas for practical management strategies.

THE REGULATION OF TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: CASE STUDIES OF HONG KONG, MALAYSIA AND AUSTRALIA

G. McBurnie and C. Ziguras

Higher Education, vol. 42, 2001, p. 85-105

This article looks at the regulation of education as an internationally traded service. It examines the approaches of the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Australian governments to the regulation of transnational education within their borders. In each case it discusses the background of the higher education system. It describes each government's regulatory approach to transnational education and examines the motivation behind the regulations.

RESEARCH ASSESSMENT IN HONG KONG

N. French, W. Massy and K. Young

Higher Education, vol. 42, 2001, p. 35-46

A system of research assessment was developed and implemented in Hong Kong during the period 1991-1994 as an input to the assessment of the public recurrent funding allocations of the Territory's higher education institutions and as an extension of the University Grants Committee's other quality assurance activities. It describes how the system was developed and identifies some of the key differences between the Hong Kong system and the UK model on which it was based.

TEACHER INQUIRIES IN LITERACY TEACHING-LEARNING: LEARNING TO COLLABORATE IN ELEMENTARY URBAN CLASSROOMS

C. Pappas and L. Zecker

Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001

This book focuses on how 13 urban elementary teacher researchers attempted to transform their teaching practices to meet the needs of students from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. It discusses how their inquiry resulted in developing more collaborative styles of teaching.

THE WORLD BANK AND FINANCING HIGHER EDUCATION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

K. Banya and J. Ebu

Higher Education, vol. 42, 2001, p. 1-34

This article examines the influence and formal role of the World Bank and other donor agencies' on the financing of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes that by following the World Bank recommendations for funding, the higher education system has suffered from lack of resources.