Dr. Young Zhao-Technology & Globalization
Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the
Age of Globalization
Dr. Yong Zhao, Presenter
University Distinguished Professor,
Founding Director, Center for Teaching and Technology,
Executive Director, Confucius Institute
Director, US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States headed down the right path? Are educational institutions emphasizing the knowledge and skills students need in a global society--or are they actually undermining their strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization? Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim?
In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao addresses these and other questions based on his new book of the same title. His unique perspective and expertise leads him to conclude that “American education is at a crossroads” and “we need to change course” to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing world.
To make his case, Zhao will discuss some of the following:
•What's right with American education;
•How globalization and the “death of distance” are affecting jobs and everyday life;
•How the virtual world is transforming the economic and social landscape in ways far more profound than many people realize;
•Reforms, comparisons and contrasts with China and other Asian nations; and
•Examples of best practices, innovations and suggestions for defining necessary knowledge of the future and anticipated uses of technology.
Dr. Zhao’s book will be available for sales and signing during the colloquy.
About the Presenter
Yong Zhao is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, where he also serves as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, director of the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute.
He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education and currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council's Committee to Review the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs.
Zhao received his PhD in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include diffusion of innovation, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, globalization and education, and international and comparative education.
Zhao has published extensively in these areas. He has been invited to lecture on issues related to education reform, globalization, and technology in over 10 countries. He received the 2003 Raymond B. Catell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.
His research interests include computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education. He has extensive international experiences, consulting with government and educational agencies and speaking on educational issues in many countries and six continents. His current work focuses on designing 21st Century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zhao has conducted faculty professional development seminars on the use of innovation and educational technology in practice . He also has written extensively on the subject for teachers and developed primers for practitioners, including the books: Faculty Development by Design: Integrating Technology in Higher Education and What should Teachers Know about Technology? Perspectives and Practices.
Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign languages in Chongqing, China. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to the U.S. to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992.He continued on to graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a Masters in Education and a doctorate in Educational Psychology.
Zhao is a special feature speaker at the March 2010 Annual Conference of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development in San Antonio, Texas whose theme is Critical Transformations.
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