Global Education

A Study of School Change

By Barbara Benham Tye & Kenneth A. Tye

Series: SUNY series, Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Education
Paperback : 9780791410424, 296 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791410417, 296 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents




1. Setting the Stage


The Importance of a Global Perspective
Understanding the Change Process
Strategy and Implementation: The CHI Story


2. Research as Reflection on Practice


Seeking New Knowledge
The Search for Grounded Theory
Supplementary Data


3. Global Education as a Social Movement


Conditions Which Produce the Movement
Membership in the Movement
Sociopolitical Context of the Movement
Structural Properties of the Movement
Institutional Responses


4. Meaning and Activity


Defining Global Education
Activity Reveals and Creates Meaning
Engagement and Resistance


5. Competing Demands and the Use of Time in Schools


Barriers to Participation
Demands Come from Every Direction
The District Ethos
Teachers' Defense Mechanisms
Contemplating the Larger Picture


6. The Uniqueness of the Single School


Perceptions of Involvement: A Typology
The Culture of the School: Three Case Studies


7. The Pivotal Role of the Principal


Principal Leadership Today: Key Theories
Goal Orientation of Principals
District Ethos and the Principalship
Two Case Studies


8. The Interventionists


Three Interconnected Functions
What It Takes to Do the Job
Intervention as an Evolutionary Process
The Inner Life of the Interventionist


9. That Does It Take to Globalize the Curriculum of a School?


What We Believe We Know
What We Hypothesize: Recommendations for Further Exploration




At Chapman College, Barbara Benham Tye and Kenneth A. Tye are co-directors of the Center for Human Interdependence (CHI), the organization that conducted the four-year study of global education described in this book. Barbara Benham Tye is also Associate Professor of Secondary Education and Dean of the Education Department, and Kenneth A. Tye is Associate Professor of Education and Director of International Education Programs.


"Much has been written and said about global education in recent years. Even more has been written and said about the dynamics of educational change. Seldom are these two bodies of scholarly discourse brought together. Even more rarely are they joined in a way that synthesizes the best of the two. Global Education: A Study of School Change is such a book. " — Lee F. Anderson, Northwestern University

"The book reflects the awesome complexity of school improvement and challenges the simple-minded notions that exist among the public and the profession about social change. This book is based on evidence and stands in fresh contrast to the many books about education that are based entirely upon opinion or personal/political agendas. The total impact of the book is larger than the sum of its parts and elevates education and schools as places to be respected, not as convenient targets to be reduced to rubble. " — Jan L. Tucker, Florida International University

"This book addresses the important issue of educational change and is a fine study of teachers as change agents. It demonstrates a very good understanding of the school as a complex social institution. It provides a fascinating look at the hierarchy of schools and some of the difficulties encountered when change is tried. I liked its focus on schools with mixed ethnicity, its emphasis on perspective-taking, and its positive look at controversy. The book combines practical suggestions for intervention with the vision of an interdependent world. The work provides insights to those seeking educational change and to those working for a deeper infusion of global perspectives into schools. "— David Conrad, University of Vermont

`"As the first state to mandate the teaching of global studies, Arkansas has demonstrated to the rest of the nation how important it is to educate our children globally. This study cuts across grade levels and involves students and teachers with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. As educational reformers work to integrate global studies into the curriculum, this book will serve as an invaluable model. " — Bill Clinton, Governor, State of Arkansas