Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers
Harvard University | Harvard · Harvard Graduate School of Education

Doctor of Education

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Introduction
My research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. I study how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. More information about my work http://fernando-reimers.gse.harvard.edu/
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January 2005 - present
Harvard University
Position
  • Professor
January 1998 - present
Harvard University
Position
  • Professor
January 1998 - January 2005
Harvard University
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  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 1984 - May 1988
Harvard University
Field of study
  • Educational planning, administration and social policy
September 1983 - May 1984
Harvard University
Field of study
  • Educational Planning, Administration and Social Policy
January 1977 - January 1982
Central University of Venezuela
Field of study
  • psychology

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Publications (201)
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This open access book addresses how to help students find purpose in a rapidly changing world. In a probing and visionary analysis of the field of global education Fernando Reimers explains how to lead the transformation of schools and school systems in order to more effectively prepare students to address today’s’ most urgent challenges and to inv...
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This open access book is a comparative analysis of recent large scale education reforms that broadened curriculum goals to better prepare students for the 21st century. The book examines what governments actually do when they broaden curriculum goals, with attention to the details of implementation. To this end, the book examines system level refor...
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This open access volume draws on a multidimensional model of educational change, the book reviews the field of climate change education and identifies some of the areas in which past efforts have fallen short in supporting effective pedagogical change at scale. It then formulates an approach to engage university students and faculty in partnering w...
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En este artículo se discute el impacto educativo de la COVID-19, destacando el papel de la universidad en promover innovación, para permitir no sólo mitigar los efectos negativos de la pandemia, sino reconstruir mejor. El autor argumenta que la integración de las funciones de extensión, investigación y educación de la universidad alineadas con la a...
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El articulo discute el impacto educativo de la COVID-19 en América Latina, situando dicho estudio en el contexto de las políticas educativas avanzadas durante las últimas décadas, y de sus efectos en el aumento de las oportunidades educativas. En el texto se argumenta, que con la pandemia se inicia la quinta ola de transformación de los sistemas e...
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Un analisis del papel de las redes interuniversitarias para avanzar en la integracion de investigacion, ensenanza y extension para hacer que la universidad contribuya a la sustentabilidad
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A discussion of global citizenship education and how to implement it at scale in school systems.
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La pandèmia de la COVID-19, encara en curs, ha causat un sens fi de daltabaixos que han disminuït el benestar d'individus i societats. No solament ens referim als efectes sanitaris més obvis-a data de març del 2022 la pandèmia ha costat la vida de més de 6 milions de persones i n'ha infectat més de 450 milions-, 1 sinó també en les repercussions in...
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Una sintesis del informe de la comision sobre los Futuros de la Educacion y explicacion de como derivar del mismo estrategias especificas de transformacion educativa
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Este libro presenta el trabajo llevado a cabo por estudiantes de la Escuela de Posgrado en Educación de la Universidad de Harvard, quienes examinaron cómo mejorar los sistemas educativos en diversas jurisdicciones en el mundo considerando como marco analítico el reciente informe de la unesco Reimaginar juntos nuestros futuros. Un nuevo contrato soc...
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34 El superpoder de los padres Entre las muchas lecciones que ha dejado la pandemia aparece claramente que los alumnos que sufrieron menos mermas de aprendizaje fueron quienes contaban con familias con buena comunicación con la escuela. Por esta razón, Fernando Reimers, experto en innovación educativa de la Universidad de Harvard, señala que es el...
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This report compiles the 45 education case studies of educational innovations which were generated to sustain educational opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They documented in real time the innovative initiatives undertaken to keep learners (or teachers) learning during the first wave of the pandemic (March to December 2020). Coming from the...
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This book attempts to contribute to the development of operational strategies for change in education that will help prepare students for the future, while addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and making education systems more resilient to future disruption. Drawing on the goals and extensive work of the Global Education Innovation Initi...
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The education imperative created by COVID-19 is to prepare students to build back better, not just to prepare them for the past. This requires innovation and change, not just restoring the pre-existing status quo. Were there any lessons learned during the pandemic of value to understand how to innovate better, in order to build back better? This ch...
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The rapid disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in multiple sectors and areas of daily life provide a unique opportunity to study the university’s capacity to respond to changes in the external environment, to be a learning organization , in service of addressing significant social challenges. In this book we study universities’ responses to...
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Based on a cross-case analysis of the studies presented in this book, this study concludes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, universities engaged with school systems and school networks to sustain educational opportunity. They did so through entrepreneurial educational innovation in ways which helped integrate their research, teaching, and outreac...
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Based on twenty case studies of universities worldwide, and on a survey administered to leaders in 101 universities, this open access book shows that, amidst the significant challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, universities found ways to engage with schools to support them in sustaining educational opportunity. In doing so, they generated co...
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This open access edited volume is a comparative effort to discern the short-term educational impact of the covid-19 pandemic on students, teachers and systems in Brazil, Chile, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. One of the first academic comparative studies of...
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Esta publicación esta basada en resultados de investigaciones realizadas durante la crisis del COVID-19 y en investigaciones previas sobre temas afines, para ofrecer una guía que apoye el desarrollo de estrategias educativas contextualizadas para enseñar durante y después de la pandemia. La guía está dirigido a los administradores de educación a ni...
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Entrevista con Saray Marques sobre el libro 'Propuestas Educativas Audaces' y sobre la Ley de Reforma Educativa en Espana
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The high impact disruptions in the external environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic revealed the socially embedded character of many universities around the world. University collaborations with schools during the pandemic suggest that they are institutions open to their external environment, capable of learning from and with their environment,...
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Un analisis del impacto de covid-19 en educacion en Bangladesh, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenia, Mexico, SudAfrica, Emiratos Arabes Unidos y Estados Unidos, y analisis de opciones de politica educativa para continuar las oportunidades de aprendizaje durante la pandemia.
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This book is the result of a graduate course in comparative education policy in which students assisted education authorities in various jurisdictions around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic in understanding the educational impact of the covid-19 pandemic and identifying options to sustain educational opportunity during this emergency. The co...
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Muitos dos desafios e oportunidades atuais da humanidade são de natureza global, compartilhados através das fronteiras, o tipo de desafio que não pode ser enfrentado com êxito dentro dos limites de um Estado nacional. Da mudança climática ao comércio, das pandemias à segurança, da governança ao avanço da ciência, resolver adequadamente esses desafi...
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Hace dos décadas que estudio de qué manera la Educación apoya a los es-tudiantes a desarrollar las competen-cias que les permitan convertirse en arquitectos de su propia vida y cola-borar con otros en mejorar las comu-nidades de las cuales forman parte. Es paradójico que, pese al enorme progreso mundial que produjo la in-clusión de la Educación com...
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This chapter draws out seven lessons from the cross-country analysis of the six reforms studied in this chapter. These are: Lesson 1. The power of complex mindsets about education reform. The six reforms all reflect reliance on the worldviews presented in the five frames of reform: cultural, psychological, professional, institutional and political....
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This chapter introduces the field of climate change education, noting the paradox that in spite of many efforts at incorporating climate change in education policy and curriculum frameworks, and a diversity of practices in schools, there is little evidence that such efforts are contributing to adaptation, mitigation or reversal of climate change. T...
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This chapter discusses lessons learned engaging my graduate students in education policy analysis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in designing climate change education curricula in partnership with educational institutions around the world. Studying those programs developed by my students, I draw out seven cross-cutting themes about wha...
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The COVID-19 Pandemic renewed interest on the question of what goals should be pursued by schools in a world rapidly changing and uncertain. As education leaders developed strategies to continue to educate during the Pandemic, through alternative education arrangements necessitated by the closure of schools, the question of re-prioritizing curricul...
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20 | SOMOS SEK ¿Qué elementos diferenciadores tendrá el nuevo modelo educativo que la sociedad del futuro está demandando? La pandemia de COVID-19 tendrá repercusiones durante un periodo prolongado, como las han tenido otras calamidades semejantes en el pasado tales como otras pandemias, las guerras, las profundas recesiones económicas o los quiebr...
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Purpose Human talent is rapidly becoming the most important asset for individuals, communities and nations. As the world changes rapidly due to globalization and technological innovation new opportunities and challenges arise for individuals, communities and nations. This paper aims to explore transforming education to prepare students to invent th...
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L os efectos de la pandemia del COVID-19 van más allá de los efectos en la salud de las personas. Están los efectos indirectos en las familias de los afectados, en su estructura de gastos y en su salud mental. El efecto económico, particularmente en fami-lias cuyos ingresos disminuyeron como resultado de las limitaciones de movilidad impuestas por...
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As the demands for civic and economic participation increase, the result of technological, economic and social transformations, and in response to a rapidly changing world and to new challenges, many governments have turned to schools to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to thrive. This chapter traces the roots of...
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As described earlier, a professional perspective recognizes the importance of using expert knowledge to guide educational practice. There are two implications of this perspective for the development of a program of global education, the first is the need to provide teachers access to extant expert knowledge, helping them develop as professionals, f...
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Because schools and education systems affect many different stakeholders, it is to be expected that the interests of those stakeholders should be crucial to the fate of any efforts of educational change.
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The knowledge generated by the science of how people learn and develop can inform the design of global education curricula and instruction. A synthesis of the evidence on twenty-first-century skills prepared by an expert group convened by the National Research Council in the United States grouped those skills, building on Bloom’s taxonomy, in three...
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Adopting an institutional perspective to advance a program of global education leads to identifying the norms, structures, organization, and elements of the system which can support global education. Those elements include standards and curriculum, instructional resources, assessments, staff and development, school organization, governance, and fun...
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A cultural perspective on global education asks: how are the development of global awareness and competence relevant to the demands of society? Why should global education be a goal worth pursuing? The answer to this question is twofold. In many ways, education was always meant to be cosmopolitan, to empower students to understand and improve the w...
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There is no more important challenge facing the world than educating the next generation so that they have the competencies to invent their future. This will include being able to address the challenges we are passing on to them: environmental degradation, social exclusion, and the various forms of violence, within and across nations, that undermin...
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Global education are both practices guided by a set of purposes and approaches intentionally created to provide opportunities for students to develop global competencies, and the theories that explain and inform those practices and their effects. Global competencies encompass the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help students develop, under...
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This book examines how to educate students to be globally aware, globally minded, and globally proficient. It explains why educating students as global citizens matters for students, for schools, and for the future of humanity. While a growing number of parents and educators understand the importance of these goals, significantly less of them act o...
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How should teachers be prepared in order to educate their students to address the most pressing issues of the future? Conducted over the years 2018–2019, this book presents the results of a study of large-scale teacher professional development programs that aimed at equipping students for the uncharted territory of a rapidly changing world. This in...
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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 com...
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Un estudio comparado de programas de formacion profesional a docentes cuyo proposito es desarrollar las capacidades de los docentes de ofrecer una educacion integral a sus estudiantes.
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The invitation to serve as Minister of Education and lead a bold and significant reform of an education system never comes with an instruction manual for the role. Leading such an opportunity effectively requires access to the best knowledge about how to make educational change at scale happen. In this book, Ministers of Education and system level...
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A comparative study of the goals of public education in six nations as they relate to developing cognitive and socio-emotional competencies that allow students to participate, civically and economically, in societies transformed by the fourth industrial revolution
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This article examines the implications of the fourth industrial revolution for education, and proposes an approach to develop highly relevant and rigorous curriculum aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
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Este capitulo analiza la Reforma Educativa de Mexico llevada a cabo entre 2012 y 2018.
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The world is changing rapidly. Globalization and technological innovation have created new opportunities and challenges for individuals, communities and nations. With these changes it has become necessary to revisit to what extent children and youth are being prepared to be effective and productive citizens and workers, and to what extent they are...
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This article reviews the historical roots of global citizenship education, and proposes an improvement network approach to developing global citizenship programs relevant to the needs of the 21st century and the rising challenges to democracy.
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En un mundo rápidamente cambiante, las escuelas deben evolucionar para preparar a los jóvenes adecuadamente para que estos puedan inventar el futuro. Reinventar la educación requiere pensar de forma novedosa sobre como apoyar a los estudiantes para que desarrollen las competencias que los empoderen como arquitectos de sus propias vidas con la capac...
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This book examines the current challenges to democracy and human rights, and discusses how teachers can address them by preparing students in ways which help develop the competencies and dispositions essential for effective participation in a democratic society. The book includes various curriculum resources aligned with the United Nations Sustaina...
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This book offers three tools to assist student, teachers and school leaders in educating global citizens. The first is a protocol to design and adapt global citizenship curriculum. The second is a protocol to design a school wide strategy for global education. The third is an actual curriculum prototype, a sixty lesson global citizenship curriculum...
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The global movement to educate all children has produced one of the most remarkable silent revolutions experienced by humanity, integrating most children and youth into institutions invented to pass on to them what each generation considers valuable, and to help them develop the competencies to improve the world. Changes in a range of domains, from...
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This is the Chinese Language edition of a book which offers three tools to assist student, teachers and school leaders in educating global citizens. The first is a protocol to design and adapt global citizenship curriculum. The second is a protocol to design a school wide strategy for global education. The third is an actual curriculum prototype, a...
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Aprender a leer y a escribir… a pensar y a imaginar… a dialogar y a negociar… a escuchar y a liderar. Son estas solo algunas de las oportunidades que la escuela ofrece de desarrollar capacidades esenciales a la convivencia pacífica, a la colaboración con otros, a la participación ciudadana democrática efectiva y responsable. Son estas capacidades q...
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Se queremos gerações de bons cidadãos globais, não é suficiente ensiná-los a ler e escrever, devemos incluir ética e valores humanos em sua educação também." Hanan Al-Hroub, Vencedora do Global Teacher Prize 2016 "Estas sessenta aulas mostram que desde o momento em que as crianças entram na escola até quando elas se formam, elas podem aprender a se...
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Este libro examina diversas formas de entender la relación entre la investigación educativa y la formulación de políticas educativas. A partir de un análisis del campo de la planificación educativa, los autores problematizan las formas tradicionales de conceptualizar la planificación como distinta a la implementación de políticas y programas, y pro...
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This book contains two lessons to teach college and high school students what is UNESCO, its mission, governance and financing and the work it undertakes. The book includes also essays on the necessity to teach Human Rights, the role of pedagogy, teachers and universities in advancing freedom and equality.
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This books is the result of a Think Tank convened by the Global Education Innovation Initiative to examine the challenges and opportunities of scaling education reforms to develop 21st century competencies.
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Este es un estudio del papel que juegan los lideres educativos en expandir las oportunidades educativas alrededor del mundo. El estudio examina la labor de egresados del programa de politica educativa internacional de la Universidad de Harvard y los desafios que estos confrontan, asi como las lecciones que han aprendido al confrontar dichos desafio...
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This is a study of the leadership trajectories and challenges faced by graduates of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Masters Program in International Education Policy as they advance educational opportunity around the world.
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This book offers three tools to assist student, teachers and school leaders in educating global citizens. The first is a protocol to design and adapt global citizenship curriculum. The second is a protocol to design a school wide strategy for global education. The third is an actual curriculum prototype, a sixty lesson global citizenship curriculum...
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The global movement to educate all children has produced one of the most remarkable silent revolutions experienced by humanity, integrating most children and youth into institutions invented to pass on to them what each generation considers valuable, and to help them develop the competencies to improve the world. Changes in a range of domains, from...
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Traduccion al Espanol de Connecting the Dots To Build the Future of Teaching and Learning
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Entrevista a Fernando Reimers sobre su carrera en educacion internacional
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This paper outlines a seven-point strategy to devise a system of continuous improvement of teacher quality and, through it, the quality of education as a whole. Education is one of the single most important initiatives that can be undertaken to improve the quality of life, financial security and economic potential of a given population. There is n...
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A discussion of the practice of global citizenship education with a comprehensive multidisciplinary K-12 global citizenship curriculum aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the World Economic Forum Risk Assessment Framework
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This publication is the compilation of a series of short reflections from a small group of educators from Massachusetts who travelled together to Singapore to learn about that country’s remarkable education journey. Our simple goal in publishing this document is to have a tangible and practical resource we can use to share with colleagues our refle...
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This book presents an analysis of the curriculum of instruction in several nations, in terms of the opportunities it offers to help students gain 21st century competencies. Case studies discuss the political economy that accounts for the purposes of education.
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Resumen Se examina la relación entre la educación y la pobreza a nivel mundial, con el fin de explorar la naturaleza de la relación entre las escuelas y la so-ciedad y, en particular, la cuestión de si las escuelas pueden alterar la organización y estructura social o pueden simplemente reproducirla. Para abordar esta cuestión teórica, se examina la...
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Ideas matter greatly to educating marginalized children. Ideas matter greatly to educating marginalized children. Ideas about why they should be educated, as well as ideas Ideas about why they should be educated, as well as ideas about how to educate them effectively. When these ideas about how to educate them effectively. When these ideas lead to...
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In spite of the fact that public schools were established to prepare students for citizenship, the alignment of teaching practice with this goal is poor. In part, this is because the knowledge base about the efficacy of curricular and pedagogical approaches in supporting specific civic outcomes is limited, as is our knowledge about the extent to wh...
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State and national standards ensure equivalency in minimum competencies represented by a high school diploma, equalize opportunity to learn, bring transparency to the operation of schools, allow the design of instructional materials or improvement strategies to benefit from the potential of scale, and facilitate the transfer of good practice across...
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Experimental evaluation of three approaches to civic education with low income students in Mexico. Sixty eight grade teachers of ?Civic Education? and 2,529 students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Lesson Planning, Participatory Learning, Lesson Planning and Participatory Learning. All treatment groups had significant effects in...
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This paper discusses the findings of the 2012 PISA study for the United States in comparative perspective. It proposes that a limited approach to school improvement (standards based reform) accounts for the underperformance of US students relative to comparable education systems, and argues that greater attention is needed to teacher professional d...
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This article proposes a framework to develop an intentional global studies curriculum at the college level.

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