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