From Teach For America to Teach For China: Global Teacher Education Reform and Equity in Education, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

From Teach For America to Teach For China

Global Teacher Education Reform and Equity in Education, 1st Edition

By Sara Lam


186 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the role of Teach For China in addressing educational equity and expanding public participation in education. The author uses the case of Teach For China to explore the broader theme of the mobility of education models between contexts characterized by neoliberalism and those characterized by strong state control. Transnational advocacy networks are increasingly influential in the education policy making process. These networks, comprised of entrepreneurs and education corporations, think tanks, philanthropists, and government agencies, facilitate the global mobility of policy models. It is widely accepted that an education model should not be transplanted from one context to another without careful consideration of how contextual differences might impact the model’s effectiveness. The book explores the argument that the same model is not only quantitatively different in terms of effectiveness, but that models can play qualitatively different roles in neoliberal and strong-state contexts, sometimes moving education reform in opposite directions.

The book will appeal to anyone interested in global teacher education reform and equity in education.

Table of Contents


Part One – Teach For America, Teach For All and Teach For China

1. Chapter One: Introduction

2. Chapter Two: Teach For America, Teach For All and Global Policy Networks

3. Chapter Three: The Development of Teach For China

Part Two - Teach For China and Educational Equity

4. Chapter Four: Teach For China as a Response to Teacher Shortage

5. Chapter Five: Espoused and Practiced Conceptions of Quality Education in Teach For China

Part Three - Teach For China and Public Participation in Education

6. Chapter Six: Engaging Public Participation on the Macro Level: Inclusive Representation in Teach For China

7. Chapter Seven: Engaging Public Participation on the Micro Level: Individual Fellows and Local Communities

8. Chapter Eight: Conclusion

Appendix I: Research Methods

Appendix II: Protocol for Interviews with Fellows


About the Author

Sara Lam is an assistant professor of education at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her research and teaching focus on educational equity and democratic participation in education in rural areas of China and the United States. She is a co-founder and board member of the Rural China Education Foundation.

About the Series

Politics of Education in Asia

This series focuses on the politics of education in Asia, inquiring into the processes of education reforms in the region in ways that foreground issues of equity, access and power relations. The series especially welcomes contributions that document the complex and contradictory interactions among various education agents and agencies in Asia – ministries of education, state boards and agencies, schools, teachers and teacher unions, university departments of education, local interest groups, the media, international standards agencies and global educational reform discourses. In thus illuminating the multiple sites of conflict and contestation both between and within the state and these agents, such a collection highlights the ways in which struggles over education in the region continue to reflect struggles over visions of social order, the unequal distribution of knowledge and opportunities, and entrenched relations of power and social control.

Among the questions the book series pursues include:

 What do emerging understandings of civil society in Asia tell us about the ability of states to hold on to a singular conception of legitimate knowledge?

 What are the discursive spaces created by democratic movements and what is their potential for counter-hegemonic educational work?

 What happens to "non-official", popular and/or traditional knowledges and cultures, how are these positioned (if at all) and what sites of resistance do they create?

 What are the fields of power within which counter-hegemonic groups are working, what ideals and ideologies are they coalescing around and how does the state provide – or concede – spaces for some of these groups?

 In a region marked by the brutal histories of colonialism, how are new waves of education reforms emanating from the West and supra-national organizations such as the OECD negotiated and appropriated?

 Given the rising levels of education of its citizens and the democratization of new media, what tensions and challenges do states encounter in continuing to use the curriculum as a form of social control?

These research questions are framed by a larger interest in the politics of education in the region and will draw upon interdisciplinary analyses of history, cultural studies, political science, economics, gender studies, sociology, globalization studies, philosophy and epistemology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / Elementary & Secondary
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies