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Education Landscapes in the 21st Century

Cross-cultural Challenges and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives

Editor(s): Iris Guske

Book Description

With contributions from scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, literacy, literature, media, communication and cultural studies from all five continents, the present volume focuses on themes of pressing importance in today's globalized community.

By giving voice to educators committed to excellence in teaching from primary school to university, the book introduces the reader to a plurality of approaches to, and applications of, up-to-date theories in the fields of cognition, language acquisition, intercultural communication and technology-based distance education, to name but a few.

Though situated in a concrete educational context—be it a Chinese EFL-classroom in transition, an online MBA-course offered in post-Communist Romania, or a U.S. university utilizing community elders as a pedagogical tool—each paper was selected on the universal value of its findings, which professionals facing the challenges of 21st century pedagogy will find readily applicable in classrooms worldwide.
Since teaching paradigms are strongly culture-bound and influenced by national policies as much as international politics, this book represents a maximum of diversity by including philosophical texts, hands-on research results and articles in the critical discourse tradition, which reflect a number of contentious issues, ranging from the pros and cons of dual-language classrooms to potentially racist literature curricula and the intersection of politics and pedagogy in a post-September 11 world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8576-1
ISBN-10: 1-84718-576-2
Date of Publication: 01/06/2008
Pages / Size: 450 / A5
Price: £44.99


Bruce C. Swaffield
Dr. Swaffield, Professor of Writing, Literature and Journalism at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia (U.S.), is the founder and director of the Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, which meets annually in Rome, Italy. He writes a monthly commentary on international issues for Quill magazine, published by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Iris Guske
Dr. Guske is Director of the Kempten School of Translation and Interpreting Studies (Germany). Combining practical and theoretical approaches in her fields of specialization—Developmental Psychology, Socio-and Psycholinguistics, Migration, and German-Jewish Studies—she has published language coursebooks as well as scholarly work, such as a study on the Kindertransport.