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Tanja Sargent

Research Interests: student-centered pedagogical and curricular reform in China

 Tanja Sargent

Tanja Sargent is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Her research explores the tensions between student-centered pedagogical and curricular reform in China in the context of two important barriers: the ever-present and increasing pressure for competition in the National College Entrance Examination, and the long-held cultural attitudes supporting teacher and text-centered methods. She employs a variety of methods-including analyses of large scale survey data, qualitative in-depth interview and observation data, and content analysis of textual materials at multiple levels of analysis: policy, school, teacher, student, household and curricular materials. She teaches courses in the sociocultural foundations of education, comparative education and education in modern China.

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