International Students in American Colleges and Universities: A History

Springer
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A fascinating and important history of foreign students in American higher education. The book will have appeal to specialists in student services, but also to the thousands of faculty members responsible for teaching and mentoring foreign students.
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About the author

CHRISTOPHER J. LUCAS is Professor of Higher Education and Policy Studies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA.
TERESA B. BEVIS is Adjunct Professor of Art Appreciation, Crowder College, USA.
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Nov 26, 2007
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Pages
285
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ISBN
9780230609754
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Administration / General
Education / Comparative
Education / General
Education / Higher
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Science / Astronomy
Science / Earth Sciences / Geology
Science / Physics / Astrophysics
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Amanda Ripley
How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers? The Smartest Kids in the World “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange....The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes” (The New York Times Book Review).

In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. Inspired to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year. Kim, fifteen, raises $10,000 so she can move from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, eighteen, trades his high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea; and Tom, seventeen, leaves a historic Pennsylvania village for Poland.

Through these young informants, Ripley meets battle-scarred reformers, sleep-deprived zombie students, and a teacher who earns $4 million a year. Their stories, along with groundbreaking research into learning in other cultures, reveal a pattern of startling transformation: none of these countries had many “smart” kids a few decades ago. Things had changed. Teaching had become more rigorous; parents had focused on things that mattered; and children had bought into the promise of education.
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