American Education in a Global Society: International and Comparative Perspectives

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Gutek's rigorously updated second edition targets international education in today's dynamic, interconnected, and interdependent global society. This two-part volume examines and compares educational systems in their national contexts. Part 1 is a blend of historical, philosophical, political, and sociological perspectives on a variety of foundational topics in international education, including the vital interests of developing and developed nation-states; the implications of ethnonationalism; political, economic, environmental, and educational relationships; transnational issues in a global society; and citizenship education. Part 2 first scrutinizes the concept of comparative education and then explores the essential elements of education in the U.S.--a sturdy departure point for analyses and comparisons of the national contexts and education in eight representative countries: the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Mexico, Japan, China, India, and Nigeria. UNESCO states that education for all is one of the biggest moral challenges of our times. One step toward propagating the universal right to education is making a conscious effort to understand the educational systems of other nations. New to this edition are chapters on France and India, with their enduring cultures and world presence. Each chapter in the book concludes with discussion questions, research topics, and suggestions for further reading.

Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Gutek, American Education 1945-2000: A History and Commentary (ISBN 9781577661009); Gutek, A History of the Western Educational Experience, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881338188); and Gutek, An Historical Introduction to American Education, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577667520).

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“Clearly written and effectively analytical of key issues in American education that are situated in a global context.” — Don T. Martin, University of Pittsburgh

“It is a timely product. I have begun using it in my history of education class. I am particularly happy to see the comparison in education systems, not only with the system in the U.S., but also among other sample nations selected from the different regions of the world. Global education is a must for all teaching training institutions, and this book is a vital tool toward preparing teachers for today’s world.” — Jerman Disasa, Presbyterian College

“. . . a jewel for teaching international and comparative education. It could be used at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The content is up-to-date and the language is clear and crisp.” — Samuel B. Hinton, Eastern Kentucky University

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"By focusing on the cultural roots shaping education in eight countries, this crisp revision should encourage the kind of critical reflection so necessary if readers are to appreciate the assets and weaknesses of their own system." --Richard Renner, University of Florida

"I'm delighted with this book and plan to use it. It will help us zoom out and take on a perspective we sorely need!" --Anita Pankaka, University of Texas, Edinburg

"This is a timely text that allows both the specialist and everyday readers access into the intersection of American education and global networks. It is both readable and thorough in scope--two elements difficult to match in an academic text." --Daniel Kirk, Macon State College

"I'm delighted with this book and plan to use it. It will help us zoom out and take on a perspective we sorely need!" --Anita Pankaka, University of Texas, Edinburg

"This is a timely text that allows both the specialist and everyday readers access into the intersection of American education and global networks. It is both readable and thorough in scope--two elements difficult to match in an academic text." --Daniel Kirk, Macon State College

"I'm delighted with this book and plan to use it. It will help us zoom out and take on a perspective we sorely need!" --Anita Pankaka, University of Texas, Edinburg

"This is a timely text that allows both the specialist and everyday readers access into the intersection of American education and global networks. It is both readable and thorough in scope--two elements difficult to match in an academic text." --Daniel Kirk, Macon State College

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