This book focuses on important theoretical and policy debates on educational reform, with detailed analyses of reforms in 11 countries. It also explores the effects of geographical location, political ideology, and economic structure on shaping educational reform. Individual case studies are included on Australia, Cote d'Ivoire, England, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Spain, Tanzania, and the United States. The book covers the role of reform in changing education and addressing problems in the educational system, as well as its wider role in deflecting crises in the political and economic system, plus the effect of reform on educators, and educators upon reform. Extensive bibliography and reference lists accompany each chapter, including the introduction and conclusion. Contributors include: N'Dri Thérese Assié-Lumumba, John M. Barrington, Susan F. Cooper, Peter Darvas, Sara Morgenstern de Finkel, Esther E. Gottlieb, Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Don Martin, Henry D. R. Miller, Rolland Paulston, Rajeshwari Raghu, Susan Rippberger, Susan L. Robertson, Carlos Alberto Torres, George E. Urch, Roger R. Woock, and Hugo Zegarra.