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World Class Learners
Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students

First Edition


288 pages | SAGE India

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 and harness the entrepreneurial spirit
 - 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.

 
Introduction: To Create Is Human
 
The Wrong Bet: Why Common Curriculum and Standards Won't Help
 
The Changed World: The Need for Entrepreneurs
 
What Makes an Entrepreneur:The Entrepreneurial Spirit
 
Achievement Gap vs. Entrepreneurship Gap: The Myth of Education Giants
 
China vs. the United States: How the Best Education Stifles the Entrepreneurial Spirit
 
From Accident to Design: A Paradigm Shift
 
Freedom to Learn: Student Autonomy and Leadership
 
Product-Oriented Learning: Works That Matter
 
The Globe Is Our Campus: Global Entrepreneurs and Enterprises
 
Create a World Class Education: Principles and Indicators
 
Index

In this important book, Yong Zhao persuasively demonstrates 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

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Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or... More About Author