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Learners Without Borders

New Learning Pathways for All Students
By: Yong Zhao

It’s time to imagine a different kind of learning, without borders, and to begin the shifts in practice required to personalize learning for all students.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506377353
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: June 30, 2021

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The future of education centers empowered students in a global learning ecosystem.

Despite decades of reform, the traditional borders of education—graduation, curriculum, classrooms, schools—have failed to deliver on the goals of excellence and equity.

Despite massive societal changes, education remains controlled by an old mindset. It is time to change that limiting mindset and, more importantly, the ineffective practices in education. To truly serve all learners, future classrooms must remove the boundaries of learning and become student-centered, culturally responsive, and personalized—supportive and equitable environments where each student can direct their own learning and seek multiple pathways to skills and knowledge in a global learning ecosystem. This compelling call for transformative change offers all involved in education

  • Evidence-based arguments that reveal the need to break the traditional borders that limit learning
  • Strategies to personalize learning and remove the confinement of traditional pathways
  • Examples from around the world to create equitable and student-centric learning environments
  • Resources for creating a school learning environment that expands opportunities for personalized learning into the global learning ecosystem
It is time to now imagine a different kind of learning, without borders, and to begin the shifts in practice that will result in personalized learning for all students.


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Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education. Yong Zhao has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA, Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers, and ACEL Nganakarrawa Award. He has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and nearly 40 books.

Learn more at zhaolearning.com

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author

Chapter 1. New Possibilities

The Failure of Educational Reforms

Our Changing World

Hope for the Future

Chapter 2. The School Pathway

The Borders of Schooling

The Dysfunctional One-to-Many Model


Chapter 3. New Learning Opportunities

The Impact of Technology

What Matters: The Pressure on Education

New Students and Their Interactions With Technology

How to Improve: The Opportunities


Chapter 4. Changing the School Pathway

The School Pathway

Rethinking the School Pathway

Breaking Out of the School Pathway

Dropping Out of the School Pathway

Changing the School Pathway

New Personalized Pathways


Chapter 5. Breaking the Curriculum Border

Futile Efforts

The Owners of Curriculum

The Missing Actor

Students as Co-Owners


Chapter 6. Breaking the Classroom Border

The Classroom Is Not the Only Place for Learning

The Human Teacher

New Forms of Teaching and Learning

Technology and Teachers’ Roles


Chapter 7. Self-Directed Learners

Natural-Born Learners

Diverse Learners

Self-Determined Learners

The Loss of Learning

Teaching Self-Determination

Cultivating Future Creators



Chapter 8. Making the Change: Learners Without Borders

Advocating for the Right Outcomes

Making the Changes

Learners Without Borders

Conclusion: Can Change Happen?





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