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International organizations play an important role in the development of education around the world. Some have a direct impact on the rights of children and parents in education, while others have an indirect impact by addressing such issues as health, welfare or finance. Prominent among the most influential international organizations are the members of the United Nations family of agencies, although regional development banks and trade union organisations also play important roles. And no mention of international organizations would be complete without reference to the PISA programme of the OECD, although the OECD does much more in the field of education.

The Role of International Organizations in Education provides an introductory background to the operation of organisations that have had a direct and lasting impact on the implementation of educational policy in an international context. The accounts provided give researchers and practitioners to the field an initial account of the organizations, their development over the last seven decades, and their changing influence on the practice of education. By including voices from countries on the receiving end of international policies, the volume also introduces some of the debates that pervade in the field of international education.
Die Bildungsfiguren der Moderne
Author: Erik Ode
Bildung und ihre Figuren – ein neuer Zugang zur pädagogischen Grundlagenforschung
Wie kann Bildung sichtbar werden? Mit vorliegendem Band wird erstmalig der Versuch unternommen, über Bildungsfiguren, als plastische und anschauliche Repräsentation pädagogischer Sachverhalte, einen neuen Zugang zur bildungstheoretischen Forschung zu legen. Was Pilger, Künstler, Neuankömmlinge oder Gastgeber im Einzelnen auszeichnet und welche Lehren bzw. didaktischen Impulse aus ihnen abgeleitet werden können, wird mit bedeutenden Denkerinnen und Denkern von Comenius und Nietzsche bis zu Hannah Arendt und Jacques Derrida in dieser Arbeit grundlegend erforscht und im wörtlichen Sinne ‚evident‘.
How the Education System Reacted to the First Wave of Covid-19
The nine chapters in this book explore how the Italian education system responded to distance learning during the first wave of the pandemic. The impact of the hard lockdown on both teaching and learning revealed the inherent weaknesses of a system in which digital technology had only recently been introduced and highlighted the relevant inequalities in their access and use. While students, teachers and families adapted (albeit with difficulty) to the new learning and teaching routines, the institutions faced the challenge of ensuring quality and equality.

By including various case studies and unedited sets of data collected in different areas of the country, the book offers up-to-date insights on the impact of the pandemic on the Italian school system and provides a broad introduction to the educational emergency from a sociological perspective. The volume ends with a post-commentary comparing the Italian case with the similar situation of school closure as it occurred in the United Kingdom.

Contributors are: Paolo Barabanti, Eduardo Barberis, Nico Bazzoli, Rita Bertozzi, Stefania Capogna, Gianna Cappello, Domenico Carbone, Maddalena Colombo, Joselle Dagnes, Maria Chiara De Angelis, Maurizio Merico, Diego Mesa, Flaminia Musella, Francesco Ramella, Marco Romito, Michele Rostan, Mariagrazia Santagati, Tatiana Saruis, Fausta Scardigno, Spyros Themelis, Massimiliano Vaira and Martina Visentin.
Author: Marilyn Fleer
Why has early childhood science education taken so long to become established as a field of research inquiry? Why do we continue to blame early childhood and primary teachers for their lack of confidence and competence in science education? This book tackles these questions and more.

Grounded in cultural-historical theory, this book explores the development of the field through the eyes of the author. Over 30 years the contexts, the questions, and the foci of a generation of science education researchers are mapped. As the field develops, new concepts, models of teaching and new methods and methodologies are theorised and empirically supported, bringing forward uniqueness of science education for children in play-based settings.
Volume Editor: Amani Khalaf Alghamdi
In March 2020, as the world was still baffled with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alghamdi began documenting how teaching and learning in higher education changed its face as a result of the global health outbreak. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was first reported from Wuhan, China, and soon swept the world over. Teachers across the globe, including Saudi Arabia, began undertaking a plethora of on-the-ground work to combat and alleviate the impact of the pandemic.

Teaching in the Pandemic Era in Saudi Arabia presents to educators, parents, and other interested readers a variety of perspectives, challenges, and highlights of the teaching methods that could be useful in the era of COVID-19. Its purposes are to not only document an important time of human history, education, and the outbreak of unknown pandemics but also outline strategies to serve as insights into and predictions of the unknown future of humanity, diseases, and human learning.
Cross-National Perspectives on the Challenges and Management of Higher Education in Crisis Times
COVID-19 caused massive disruptions in the higher education sector across the world. The transition to online learning exposed the deep-rooted inequalities between countries, systems, institutions, and student groups in terms of the availability of information technology infrastructure, internet access and digital literacy, as well as prior training and experiences of faculty in online education. This volume explores various aspects of the impact of the pandemic on higher education management including how university administration responded to the crisis, and the role of local and national government agencies in academic support and higher education delivery. The key findings highlight the importance of better organisation and preparedness of higher education systems for future crises, and the need for a better dialogue between governments, higher education institutions and other stakeholders. The book calls for a collective response to address the digital divide among various groups and financial inequalities within and between the private and public universities, and to plan for the serious challenges that international students face during crisis situations.
Race and Racism in Post-apartheid South Africa
Paradise Lost. Race and Racism in Post-apartheid South Africa is about the continuing salience of race and persistence of racism in post-apartheid South Africa. The chapters in the volume illustrate the multiple ways in which race and racism are manifested and propose various strategies to confront racial inequality, racism and the power structure that underpins it, while exploring, how, through a renewed commitment to a non-racial society, apartheid racial categories can be put under erasure at exactly the time they are being reinforced.