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Alexander Wiseman Ph.D.

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Turning a Good Teacher into a Great One
Episode 18 of How the World Learns
Think about what constitutes good teaching, and look at the ways teachers teach in the U.S., Finland, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Begin your comparison by looking at some of the school factors that influence teaching, including how teachers are trained…
The Global Challenge to Educate
Episode 1 of How the World Learns
Borrowing or benchmarking one national education system against another is not necessarily a remedy or the most useful analytical tool for educational reform, yet these are among the most common approaches. Begin to understand why this approach falls short as…
How Parents Shape Student Outcomes
Episode 15 of How the World Learns
Explore how parental involvement aligns with socioeconomic status and influences student achievement and education worldwide. See the role "cram schools" in Korea and other private tutoring play in education and the importance of early childhood education on child literacy. Finally,…
Education Is Life
Episode 3 of How the World Learns
Which is more important--gaining knowledge or new skills? Is standardized testing the best measure of what someone knows? What is the purpose of going to school--to prepare for college or a career? Address such questions as you probe Americans' views…
How to Fix Education: Heart, Head, Hands
Episode 24 of How the World Learns
Assuming something is "wrong" with schools, how might they be fixed? Analyze how the larger forces of imposition, invitation, and innovation can lead to change through examples from Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Myanmar, where Buddhist monks have established non-religious…
From National Student to Global Citizen
Episode 20 of How the World Learns
Explore how education in countries around the world develops global citizens by imparting a combination of identity, knowledge, skills, and action--both explicitly and implicitly--to engender concern for making the world a better place. Examine curricula designed to focus on global…
The World Learns from Horace Mann
Episode 6 of How the World Learns
Trace how the ideologies of mass education emerged in the U.S. and became central tenets of education around the world. Survey the ideas of key educational thinkers such as Horace Mann and James Bryant Conant, then consider why, despite its…
Why Blame the Teacher?
Episode 11 of How the World Learns
Is low student performance the fault of teachers? Consider this question as you study characteristics of students, teachers, curriculum, and culture in the "model" educational systems to see what makes them different (or not) from the U.S. and other middle-…
Gender Pipeline Lifts Equality Dream
Episode 12 of How the World Learns
The U.S. and other countries may not be able to replicate Finland's educational system, but they can level the playing field by making adjustments that contribute to equality in policies, curricula, and pedagogy. Focus on gender-based equity, looking at areas…
The Problem with Teaching’s Best Practices
Episode 21 of How the World Learns
Explore ways that teachers and students behave in classrooms across the globe, focusing on what seems to work in a few key systems. Discover why practices that produce a great outcome in one place--such as lengthening the school year--don't necessarily…
Evidence-Based Policy Making in Education
Episode 4 of How the World Learns
Delve into the question of why evidence-based educational policymaking has become a global phenomenon by looking at the way data is used to shape what teachers and students do in the classroom. See how governing bodies can bureaucratize the ways…
Sputnik Launches the Science-Math Race
Episode 2 of How the World Learns
Dating back to Sputnik in the 1950s, education culture has been driven by anxiety. Learn about the history of "crisis" in U.S. education before investigating how America's educational system compares with schools and students in other countries. Focus on TIMSS…
Germany and Japan’s Shattered Expectations
Episode 8 of How the World Learns
Thanks to the PISA and other internationally comparative data, each nation's policymakers, educators, and the public know exactly how well their students perform compared to their peers. Consider why Finland sits at the top of these rankings, and examine reforms…
A School inside Your Phone?
Episode 22 of How the World Learns
New technologies are being implemented as teaching tools, combining traditional teaching methods with more self-directed learning. Consider efforts such as the One Laptop per Child organization, and see why even when such technology does exist, its use is not always…
The Value in Linking School to Jobs
Episode 10 of How the World Learns
Many business and industry leaders say there is no connection between formal school education--which teaches information, but not skills--and what is needed in the world of work. Investigate renewed global efforts to test whether vocational training can better prepare youth…
The Foundations of Civil Society
Episode 19 of How the World Learns
Think critically about political socialization and why it plays such a large part in education worldwide by looking closely at the various ways students are politically socialized, the results of these efforts, and who realistically--rather than ideally--benefits.
When Culture Invades the Classroom
Episode 7 of How the World Learns
Investigate the idea that "non-school factors" such as student poverty are among the strongest predictors of learning. Examine how two of the largest of these factors--culture and economics--play out in South Africa, which is experiencing an HIV/AIDS crisis, and in…
Gulf Schools: The Non-National Advantage
Episode 13 of How the World Learns
Look at the "insider" versus the "outsider" in national education systems such as Saudi Arabia to see how education bridges political citizenship, academic performance, and economic productivity. Examine how education is a means for producing citizens who reflect the desired…
What Should We Compare about Education?
Episode 5 of How the World Learns
Do the achievement rankings paint an accurate picture of what's happening in schools, or is the crisis politically manufactured? Get answers as you analyze common criticisms of national education systems through the lens of three recurring phenomena--achievement envy, the accountability…
International Test Scores: All and Nothing
Episode 17 of How the World Learns
Most educational systems around the world have four general goals. Explore each of them here as you get a framework for finding what works to improve student achievement on standardized tests in countries worldwide. Also, look closely at some of…