International Perspectives on the Goals of Universal Basic and Secondary Education

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-03
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Although universal schooling has been adopted as a goal by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, national governments, and non-profit organizations, little sustained international attention has been devoted to the purposes or goals of universal education. What is universal primary and secondary education intended to accomplish? This book, which grew out of a project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, offers views from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America on the purposes of universal education while considering diverse cultures, religions, and professions. It is the first book in which renowned authors from around the world have proposed, considered, and debated goals of basic and secondary education, engaging in a constructive dialogue on one of the most pressing issues facing education today.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Goals of Universal Basic and Secondary Educationp. 3
Educational Goals for Tomorrow's Society
Education for All, but for What?p. 43
Goals of Universal Primary and Secondary Education in the 21st Century: Reviving the Spirit of Socratesp. 66
What Will Be the Near-Future Goals of Education?p. 73
Educational Priorities in Poor Countries
Quality Education: The Work of Optimisesp. 83
Achieving Education of High Quality in Islamiyya Schools of Nigeriap. 88
Nurturing Learning Ability: The Goals of Universal Primary and Secondary Educationp. 94
Quality, the Heart of Equityp. 104
Empowering Children through Art and Science
The dia Program: The Development of Intelligence through Artp. 113
Educational Goals: Art, Science, Love, and the Importance of Binocular Visionp. 125
The Special Role of Skepticism as Universal Educational Goal
What Does "Universal" Education Mean?p. 141
Teaching Tolerance and Open-Minded Approaches to Understanding Sacred Textsp. 145
Educating All the People for Democratic Governance: A U.S. Perspectivep. 176
Educating Global Citizens
Educating for Global Competencyp. 183
Education and the Globalization Paradigmp. 203
Perspectives on Assessment and Educational Goals
Evaluating Basic and Secondary Educationp. 215
For What Should Schools Be Held Accountable?p. 225
Defining Educational Quality as a Basis for Educational Policy
Quality Education: A UNESCO Perspectivep. 235
Quality Education: What Is It, and Who Decides? Briefing Paper for a Policy Makerp. 246
The Challenge of Defining a Quality Universal Education: Mapping a Common Corep. 252
Contributorsp. 287
Indexp. 295
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