- xviii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Contents: Soft power and the culture wars -- Typology of progressive reform findings -- Theoretical and methodological limitations -- Formalistic tradition in China -- The formalistic paradigm in Africa -- Culture and schooling in Papua New Guinea -- The failure of progressive paradigm reversal -- Theory of formalism -- Culturally grounded methodology -- Teaching styles model -- Teacher constructs and classroom change.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "Progressive Education has been the primary frame of reference for student-centered classroom change in developing countries for over 50 years. Yet in many developing countries, strong evidence shows that progressivism has not replaced teacher-centered formalistic classroom practice. Classroom Change in Developing Countries: From Progressive Cage to Formalistic Frame presents a robust case for why formalism should be the primary frame of reference for upgrading classroom teaching in developing countries. Theoretically rich yet grounded in practice, the book draws on case studies to show how culturally intuitive formalistic teaching styles can induce positive classroom change"--