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World Class Learners

Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students
By: Yong Zhao

To succeed in the global economy, students need to think like entrepreneurs. Zhao unlocks secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who can create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452203980
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 288
  • Publication date: June 26, 2012

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Prepare your students for the globalized world!

In the new global economy, the jobs that exist now might not exist by the time today's students enter the workplace. To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global.

Researcher and Professor Yong Zhao unlocks the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to use their learning differently to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society. World Class Learners presents concepts that teachers, administrators and even parents can implement immediately, including how to:

  • Understand the entrepreneurial spirit and harness it
  • Foster student autonomy and leadership
  • Champion inventive learners with necessary resources
  • Develop global partners and resources

With the liberty to make meaningful decisions and explore nontraditional learning opportunities, today's students will develop into tomorrow's global entrepreneurs.

"In this important book, Yong Zhao demonstrates persuasively that the race for higher test scores is harmful to our society. What is needed most now, he reminds us, is freedom to think, freedom to invent, and freedom to differ from bureaucratically devised norms."
—Diane Ravitch, Author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

"In his latest book, Yong Zhao forcefully challenges us to focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Zhao has established himself as one of the most compelling voices in 21st century education. He is not an education reformer, trying to improve our performance within the old system. He is truly an education transformer, trying to articulate the outcomes that will matter most to our 21st century students."
—Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21
Founding President of Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Key features

This book is loaded with clear, well drawn examples from international and domestic sources. The research on global results is bolstered by graphics that clearly illustrate principles, causes and effects.


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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

Introduction: To Create Is Human

1. The Wrong Bet: Why Common Curriculum and Standards Won't Help

2. The Changed World: The Need for Entrepreneurs

3. What Makes an Entrepreneur: The Entrepreneurial Spirit

4. Achievement Gap vs. Entrepreneurship Gap: The Myth of Education Giants

5. China vs. the U.S.: How the Best Education Stifles the Entrepreneurial Spirit

6. From Accident to Design: A Paradigm Shift

7. Freedom to Learn: Student Autonomy and Leadership

8. Product-Oriented Learning: Works That Matter

9. The Globe Is Our Campus: Global Entrepreneurs and Enterprises

10. Create a World-Class Education: Principles and Indicators




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