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Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform


reviewed by Ron Byrnes — 2005

coverTitle: Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform
Author(s): Iris C. Rotberg (Editor)
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 1578861462, Pages: 431, Year: 2004
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Too often it seems, in edited books, the sum is not greater than the individual parts. Frequently, introductions are cursory, and more importantly, at the end, editors fail to help readers connect the dots of their individual authors’ varied contributions. And sometimes, when the quality of individual chapters is uneven and textual errors prove distracting, readers are left wondering how closely an editor read the individual contributions. In Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, Iris Rotberg avoids all these pitfalls. Rotberg’s preface nicely frames the sixteen chapters that follow, the chapters are similarly lucid, accessible, and insightful, and the concluding chapter is a thoughtful synthesis of the themes that weave throughout the book. In short, Rotberg gets the editing business right; as a result, education policy makers, scholars, and practitioners interested in comparative education reform will find the book’s sum is greater than the individual parts. Rotberg’s charge to her contributors from sixteen different countries was to educate readers about... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1504-1506
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11409, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:44:22 AM

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  • Ron Byrnes
    School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University
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    RONALD S. BYRNES is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Ron has lived and taught in Ethiopia and China. His research interests include international education, cultural globalization, and education reform. Ron’s most recent publications are “Exploring Cultural Conflicts: Journey’s for Peace,” a curriculum for high school teachers, and a co-authored article, “Teaching About Pluralism: Our Missteps and Nextsteps” in Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly. Currently, Ron is working on an essay titled “Living, Working, and Studying Abroad: Towards an Other-regarding Travel Orientation.”
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