Biography

Ian Westbury’s current program of research focuses on state-level curriculum-making and educational decision-making. He is completing a cross-national study of state-based curriculum-making in Illinois, Finland, Norway, Germany, and Switzerland and a study of the management of the NCLB supplemental services program by the Illinois State Board of Education. He is general editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies.

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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Secondary Education and Curriculum Laboratory, University of Illinois, 1979 - present

Associate Professor Secondary Education and Curriculum Laboratory, University of Illinois, 1973 - 1979

Assistant Professor Education, University of Chicago, 1968 - 1973

Assistant Professor Curriculum, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1967 - 1968

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Education

Ph.D., Education, University of Alberta, 1968

Diploma, Education, University of Melbourne, 1960

B.A. (Hons.), Latin and History, University of Melbourne, 1959

Research & Service

My research agenda has focused on the interface between ideas about education and educational research and the institution of the (high) school. I have worked on this agenda as I have looked at (1) the relevance of the German Didaktik tradition for enhancing the idea of reflective teaching and (2) cross-cultural achievement in mathematics as seen comparatively and empirically in the IEA international math studies.

Currently my work has two foci: I am beginning a cross-national study of curriculum development which will involve a study of the development and implementation of the Illinois Standards; I am completing a study of school outcomes and their contexts in metro Chicago.

I teach courses in curriculum theory, educational assessment and evaluation, and web-based teaching in high school social studies.

I am General Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies.

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Publications

Westbury, I. (2002) John Dewey's The educational situation: As concerns the elementary school: Implications for our time Journal of Curriculum & Supervision 17 (2), 120-129

Laih, H., & Westbury, I. (1998) The transformation of Taiwan's upper secondary education system: A policy analysis Educational Policy Analysis Archive 6 (18)

Westbury, I. (1998) Didaktik and curriculum studies. Didaktik and/or curriculum: An International dialogue Peter Lang: New York

Westbury, I. (1998) With Hueih-Lirng Laih, The transformation of Taiwan's upper secondary education system: A policy analysis Archive, 6(18)..

Westbury, I. (1996) With Chao-Sheng Hsu, Structures of curriculum governance and classroom practice in mathematics Educational Policy Analysis Archive 18 (2), 123-129

Westbury, I. (1994) In Search of More Effective Mathematics Education: Examining Data from the IEA Second International Mathematics Study.. Ablex Publ. Co: Norwood, NJ

Westbury, I. (1992) Comparing American and Japanese achievement: Is the United States really a low achiever? Educational Researcher 21 (5), 18-24

Westbury, I.. Introduction. Looking into classrooms: Papers on didactics Ablex: Norwood, NJ

Westbury, I.. Theory, research and improvement of music education. Handbook of research on music teaching and learning Oxford University Press: New York

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Grants

Co-Principal Investigator National Resource Center for Global Studies, U.S. Department of Education (Center for Global Studies), 2003 - 2006

Principal Investigator Visiting Scholar, Abo Akademi Vasa, 1998 - 1999

Principal Investigator Second International Mathematics Study: Data-enhancement project, National Science Foundation, 1987 - 1989

Principal Investigator From Curriculum Development to Lesson-Planning, Campus Research Board, 2002 - 0

Principal Investigator From Curriculum Development to Lesson-Planning, Campus Research Board, 2002 - 0

Principal Investigator Visiting Scholar, University of Southern Queensland, 1999 - 0

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Service

General Editor Revista Estudios Del Curriculum, 2001 - 2002

Ian Westbury

Professor Emeritus, Curriculum & Instruction

Contact

Office

390 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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