Educational Innovations and Reform in Countries Around the World


Welcoming Remarks: Rick Eigenbrood, Dean of the School of Eduction at Seattle Pacific University, introduces this symposium on Educational Innovations and Reform, sponsored by the Center for Global Curriculum Studies and the School of Education. [Audio] [Video]

Globalization and the Role of University: A Case of Teacher Education in Japan: Setsuko Buckley, an Instructor in the School of Education at Whatcom Community College, discusses the role of Japanese universities and teacher education in increasing student competence regarding applied knowledge and skills. [Audio] [Video]

Three Major Trends in Higher Education Development in China: Zhang Chuanfeng, Director of Division of Academic Affairs at Zhejiang International Studies University in China, uses Zhejiang International Studies University as an example to illustrate the new trends in higher education reform. [Audio] [Video]

Educational Innovations in Eastern European Countries and the Impact of the Historic Progressive Education Movement:  Reinhard Golz, from the Otto Von Guericke  University of Magdeburg in Germany, describes the impact of the progressive education movement in Eastern Europe, then continues his lecture by stating that other educational trends, divergent from progressive education, will play an important role in the development of education in Eastern Europe. [Audio] [Video]

Incorporation of the National Universities in Japan: Changes and Issues: Professor for the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University, Futao Huang, discusses the context and major policies relating to the incorporation of national universities in Japan and the changes and challenges that the universities now face.  [Audio] [Video]

Social Change and Education Reform in Taiwan: Chen Robin Jung-Cheng, Assistant Research Fellow and Wu Ching-Shan, President at the National Academy for Educational Research in Taiwan, examine the educational reform of  Taiwan since the 1990s as a result of the efforts to adapt to a changing social landscape. [Audio] [Video]

Axiological Approach in Higher Pedagogical Education as a Way of Developing Students’ Values (Based on Teaching Foreign Literature to Foreign Language Students): Olga Konovalova, Chair of Foreign Language and Chair of English Philosophy at Kursk State University in Russia, addresses the need to establish values-based education in higher learning as it not only develops a student’s personal value system, but becomes essential in developing the values of future teachers.  [Audio] [Video]

Proposition and Practice of Training System for Cultivating Outstanding Teachers and Principals: Lu Linyue, President at Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou, China,  discusses a training work station established in Zhejiang, China that is an innovative training system committed to developing outstanding teachers and principals in a modern world. [Audio] [Video]

21st Century Indian Educational Dynamic: National  Curriculum v. Hind Swaraj : Charles Moore from the Embassy School of New Delhi, India addresses the history of education in India, Indian educational reform, and the debate between a national curriculum and Hind Swaraj.  [Audio] [Video]

Special Education in the Zimbabwean Context: Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University, Nyaradzo H. Mvududu, discusses the recommendations made by the Nziramasanga Report in special education and how the recommendations have been implemented to serve this population in Zimbabwe. [Audio] [Video]

Social Mobility and Educational Innovations: Peter Tibor Nagy, Professor of Sociology Education at John Wesley University College in Budapest and an Advisor at the Hungarian Institute of Educational Research, analyzes national education reform in Hungary and makes an argument that reform is not necessary as education in the 19th and 20th centuries was more effective than the current education system. [Audio] [Video]

An Innovational Program of Applied Baccalaureate in Russia: Vice Principal at the Moscow Banking School of the Bank of Russia, Polina Palekhova, summarizes the objectives and curriculum of an innovative program to introduce higher education options in economics and banking to non-university students.  [Audio] [Video]

A Draft of a New Law, “On Education in the Russian Federation”: Innovations and Contradictions: The President of Regional Open Social Institute in Kursk, Russia, Vladimir Petrov, analyzes the issues raised by the New Russian Law “On Education in the Russian Federation”.  [Audio] [Video]

You Can’t Bring This Back to the States (Or Can’t You?): A Reflection of the Lessons Learned in Argentina: Peter C. Renn, Assistant Professor and Director of Lutheran Education at Concordia University in Chicago, reflects on the lessons learned by students and faculty after a trip to Argentina.  Renn puts emphasis on reflections related to critical pedagogy and the teachings of Paulo Freire. [Audio] [Video]

Openness as a Catalyst for Innovation in Education: R. John Robertson, Research Fellow/CETIS Learning Technology Advisor in the Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement at the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom, theorizes that openness or open content is a catalyst for innovation in education. [Audio] [Video]

Trends in American Teacher Preparation: Educational Consumerism, Pedagogical Progressivism, and the Promise of Reflective Practice: Richard Scheurman, Associate Professor of Education and Seattle Pacific University, evaluates the tension between effective teaching methods and public policy and considers a possible solution for educators in this situation.  [Audio] [Video]

Modern Russian Secondary Education Reforms: New Curriculum Standards and New Textbooks: Tatyana Tsyrlina, Professor of Education and Vice-President at Regional Open Institute in Kursk, Russia and Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University,evaluates the latest federal reforms in Russian secondary education, the new model of a high school graduate and the need to rewrite textbooks. [Audio] [Video]

Projection and Construction: Interconnection of Curriculum Reform and its Policy Ecology: Analysis on China’s New Curriculum Reform: Liya Tu, Faculty of Education at Zhejiang University XiXi Campus in Hangzhou, China, uses the Chinese 8th curriculum reform policy as an example of the relationship between curriculum reform policy and how it affects the nation. [Audio] [Video]

Chinese Language Education in Basic Education for Thirty Years: Reconstruction of Concept and Transition of Discourse: Associate Dean and Professor at Zhejiang Univeristy in Hangzhou, Liu Zhengwei, reflects on the historical development of Chinese language education to learn how to improve language education in Chinese basic education. [Audio] [Video]

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