Education Faculty Improve Schools in China and the United States


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: October 19, 2009

The United States and China share some of the same difficulties in educating their young people, says Roger Goddard, professor of K-12 administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.

"Both countries face similar challenges in serving populations of students that have been traditionally disadvantaged in school settings," Goddard says. "In China, it might be rural migrant workers coming into urban centers, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Tianjin. A prominent example of this involves the influx of migrant workers to Beijing several years ago to complete building projects for the 2008 Olympics."

The upcoming China-U.S. Relations Conference will explore these educational issues and others important to the two nations.

Goddard and Linda Skrla, professor of K-12 administration, will be traveling to China to attend the conference, which will be held in Beijing Oct. 21-23. The conference is hosted by Texas A&M University, The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Goddard will participate in a research roundtable titled "Cross-National Comparison and Development of Equitable and Effective School Leadership Practices."

Both professors will collaborate with Chinese and American colleagues to research and create training opportunities that improve the capacity of school leaders to make learning more effective and equitable in U.S. and Chinese schools. In particular, the researchers will explore ways in which Texas A&M faculty can collaborate with the Tianjin Education Commission to provide training opportunities for aspiring school principals.

"We want to learn whether the school leadership, organization and policy factors that Chinese researchers have identified as important to student learning are similar to the factors we've identified," Goddard says.

The researchers will also work with Tianjin Normal University to create a post-baccalaureate training program in educational leadership.

"For both countries, serving all children well is part of developing the human capital that advances and supports society," he says.