Description - Local Meanings, Global Schooling by Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt
Is there one global culture of schooling, or many national and local cultures? Do educational reforms take school systems on diverging or parallel paths? These case studies from five continents use ethnography and history to challenge the sweeping claims of sociology's world culture theory (neo-institutionalism). They demonstrate how national ministries of education and local schools re-invent every reform. Yet the cases also show that teachers and local reformers operate "within and against" global models. Anthropologists need to recognize the global presence in local schooling as well as local transformation of global models.
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Author Biography - Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt
KATHRYN ANDERSON-LEVITT recently published Teaching Cultures: Knowledge for Teaching First Grade in France and the United States. She is a former editor of the Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She has published on education in France and Guinea in AEQ, Elementary School Journal, and American Ethnologist. Her work has appeared in edited volumes including Policy as Practice, (Sutton and Levinson), Women and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Bloch, et al.), The Cultural Production of the Educated Person, and Interpretive Ethnography of Education at Home and Abroad (Spindler).