Global Perspectives on Education Research echoes the breadth and scope of education research worldwide. It features the work of established and emerging scholars from a range of universities and research institutions in Africa, Europe, and North America. The book’s ten chapters are organized around four themes: Education Policy, Teaching and Learning, School Context and Student Outcomes, and Assessment and Measurement. Each chapter offers cross-cultural, transnational, or comparative insights on some of the most pressing challenges and promising opportunities for improving education around the world. Across thematic areas, these perspectives shape new ways of understanding context as an influence on, and a framework for, conceptual insights into education policy and practice at the international, national, and local levels. With chapters on topics including the cultural complexities of literacy, the effect of socioeconomic inequality on student learning, and the tension between education for global competitiveness and education for global citizenship as national policy strategies, Global Perspectives on Education Research addresses issues and questions that will interest education researchers, educators, policy makers, and societal leaders worldwide.
This volume is a publication of the World Education Research Association (WERA). WERA is an association of major national, regional, and international specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. WERA undertakes initiatives that are global in nature and thus transcend what any one association can accomplish in its own country, region, or area of specialization.
Table of Contents
[Lori Diane Hill and Felice J. Levine]
Part I: Global Perspectives on Education Policy
1. Literacy and Language Diversity: Challenges for Education Research and Practice in the 21st Century
2. Framing Global Education in the United States: Policy Perspectives
[Laura C. Engel and Megan M. Siczek]
3. The Education of Refugee Children: Human Rights Enactment and Educational Policy Discourses in Italy and the UK
4. Differentiation in Middle-Class Identities, Values and Responses when Integrating to Predominantly Working-Class and Multi-Ethnic School of Choice
[Berglind Rós Magnúsdóttir]
Part II: Teaching and Learning
5. Education as a Community Project: Understanding Place-based Learning
[Wenche Ronning, Bronwen J. Cohen and Jennifer Wood Adams]
6. "The Children Come and Go" How Educating Military-Connected Students Impacts the Work of School Teachers, Counselors and Administrators
[Johanna K. Garner, Pamela Arnold-Puchalski, and John A. Nunnery]
Part III: School Context Links to Student Outcomes
7. Social Inequality in Attitudes and Behavior: The Implications of the Flemish Tracking System for Equity
[Jannick Demanet, Laura Van den Broeck, and Mieke Van Houtte]
8. A Transnational Analysis of Students' Interests in Science and Science Related Research Careers
[George L. Wimberly]
Part IV: Assessment and Measurement
9. Exploring Possible Effects of Differential Item Functioning on Reading Achievement Across Language Subgroups: A South African Perspective
[Surrette van Staden]
10. The Conceptualization and Measurement of Student Engagement in Science: A Cross- Cultural Examination from Finland and the United States
[Justina Spicer, Barbara Schneider, Katariina Salmela-Aro, and Julia Moeller]
List of Contributors
Lori Diane Hill is Associate Executive Director for Programs and Policy and a Research Scientist at the American Educational Research Association.
Felice J. Levine is President of WERA and Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.