Professor at Pennsylvania State University

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The Global Challenge to Educate
Episode 1 of How the World Learns
Borrowing or benchmarking one national education system against another is not necessarily a remedy or the most useful analytical tool for educational reform, yet these are among the most common approaches. Begin to understand why this approach falls short as…
Evidence-Based Policy Making in Education
Episode 4 of How the World Learns
Delve into the question of why evidence-based educational policymaking has become a global phenomenon by looking at the way data is used to shape what teachers and students do in the classroom. See how governing bodies can bureaucratize the ways…
Why Blame the Teacher?
Episode 11 of How the World Learns
Is low student performance the fault of teachers? Consider this question as you study characteristics of students, teachers, curriculum, and culture in the "model" educational systems to see what makes them different (or not) from the U.S. and other middle-…
Germany and Japan’s Shattered Expectations
Episode 8 of How the World Learns
Thanks to the PISA and other internationally comparative data, each nation's policymakers, educators, and the public know exactly how well their students perform compared to their peers. Consider why Finland sits at the top of these rankings, and examine reforms…
When Culture Invades the Classroom
Episode 7 of How the World Learns
Investigate the idea that "non-school factors" such as student poverty are among the strongest predictors of learning. Examine how two of the largest of these factors--culture and economics--play out in South Africa, which is experiencing an HIV/AIDS crisis, and in…
Education Is Life
Episode 3 of How the World Learns
Which is more important--gaining knowledge or new skills? Is standardized testing the best measure of what someone knows? What is the purpose of going to school--to prepare for college or a career? Address such questions as you probe Americans' views…
Sputnik Launches the Science-Math Race
Episode 2 of How the World Learns
Dating back to Sputnik in the 1950s, education culture has been driven by anxiety. Learn about the history of "crisis" in U.S. education before investigating how America's educational system compares with schools and students in other countries. Focus on TIMSS…
Borrowing Foreign School Cultures
Episode 9 of How the World Learns
Why are educational comparisons so popular? Should educational reform be driven by economic competition? Think critically about these questions as you examine which countries and cultures are and aren't comparable, and consider the United Arab Emirates' unique strategy of importing…
Turning a Good Teacher into a Great One
Episode 18 of How the World Learns
Think about what constitutes good teaching, and look at the ways teachers teach in the U.S., Finland, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Begin your comparison by looking at some of the school factors that influence teaching, including how teachers are trained…
The Problem with Teaching’s Best Practices
Episode 21 of How the World Learns
Explore ways that teachers and students behave in classrooms across the globe, focusing on what seems to work in a few key systems. Discover why practices that produce a great outcome in one place--such as lengthening the school year--don't necessarily…
How Parents Shape Student Outcomes
Episode 15 of How the World Learns
Explore how parental involvement aligns with socioeconomic status and influences student achievement and education worldwide. See the role "cram schools" in Korea and other private tutoring play in education and the importance of early childhood education on child literacy. Finally,…
The World Learns from Horace Mann
Episode 6 of How the World Learns
Trace how the ideologies of mass education emerged in the U.S. and became central tenets of education around the world. Survey the ideas of key educational thinkers such as Horace Mann and James Bryant Conant, then consider why, despite its…
What Should We Compare about Education?
Episode 5 of How the World Learns
Do the achievement rankings paint an accurate picture of what's happening in schools, or is the crisis politically manufactured? Get answers as you analyze common criticisms of national education systems through the lens of three recurring phenomena--achievement envy, the accountability…
The Rich-and-Poor Learning Cycle
Episode 23 of How the World Learns
How should we measure academic success? By standardized tests and school grades? By transition and mobility within an education system? See how true success in education is a delicate balance between school factors and non-school factors, which can look quite…
International Test Scores: All and Nothing
Episode 17 of How the World Learns
Most educational systems around the world have four general goals. Explore each of them here as you get a framework for finding what works to improve student achievement on standardized tests in countries worldwide. Also, look closely at some of…
Who Is Accountable for Education?
Episode 14 of How the World Learns
Accountability culture varies from country to country and region to region, but three common elements appear in most educational systems. Compare and contrast how access, achievement, and a combination of standards and assessments play out in the U.S. and Finland,…
The Value in Linking School to Jobs
Episode 10 of How the World Learns
Many business and industry leaders say there is no connection between formal school education--which teaches information, but not skills--and what is needed in the world of work. Investigate renewed global efforts to test whether vocational training can better prepare youth…
Gender Pipeline Lifts Equality Dream
Episode 12 of How the World Learns
The U.S. and other countries may not be able to replicate Finland's educational system, but they can level the playing field by making adjustments that contribute to equality in policies, curricula, and pedagogy. Focus on gender-based equity, looking at areas…
From National Student to Global Citizen
Episode 20 of How the World Learns
Explore how education in countries around the world develops global citizens by imparting a combination of identity, knowledge, skills, and action--both explicitly and implicitly--to engender concern for making the world a better place. Examine curricula designed to focus on global…
How to Fix Education: Heart, Head, Hands
Episode 24 of How the World Learns
Assuming something is "wrong" with schools, how might they be fixed? Analyze how the larger forces of imposition, invitation, and innovation can lead to change through examples from Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Myanmar, where Buddhist monks have established non-religious…