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Education Studies

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I began educational research as a critical ethnographer in Egyptian public sector schools in the  1990s.  My work in education has developed to include research on school cultures, the social history of education in Egypt and the wider Middle East region, the Islamization of education, international development policy and privatization, and global politics and education. In addition to writing books and articles, I have started to experiment with making  short videos on different aspects of education to make ideas in education more accessible to a global audience.See, for example, the videos below on "Educating for Global Security" and  "Citizens and Minorities."  For more, see the section on Youth Studies.


VIDEO

Educating for Global Security

"From kindergarten we have to make children understand the shared values we have." Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel peace laureate, on how education is the key for building a more secure and just global order. Part of the Democracy Dialogue series.


SCHOOL ETHNOGRAPHIES


 Herrera, L. & Torres, C.A. (2006).  Introduction:  Possibilities for critical education in the Arab world.  In L. Herrera & C. A. Torres (Eds.),  Cultures of Arab schooling: Critical ethnographies from Egypt  (pp. 1-24).    New York: State University of New York Press.

Herrera, L. & Torres, C.A. (2006). Introduction:  Possibilities for critical education in the Arab world. In L. Herrera & C. A. Torres (Eds.), Cultures of Arab schooling: Critical ethnographies from Egypt (pp. 1-24).  New York: State University of New York Press.

 This ethnography traces the life world of an Egyptian girls' school throughout. It begins with the reign of new headmistress, follows the practices and tribulations of the teachers, explores the different facets of student culture. 

This ethnography traces the life world of an Egyptian girls' school throughout. It begins with the reign of new headmistress, follows the practices and tribulations of the teachers, explores the different facets of student culture. 


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Herrera, Linda (2003) The Colors of Change: Participation in School Upgrading in Egypt. Cairo and New York: The Population Council. (available in Arabic and English).


ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES


Herrera, L. (2004) Education and Social Transformation in the Middle East: 1800-Present. In Philip Mattar et. al, (Editors),  Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale. Vol. 2: 756-762.


Herrera, Linda (2004) in Mattar, Philip (ed.) (2003) Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd Edition. New York: Macmillan (entries on “Education”; “American College for Girls”; “Nabawiyya Musa”; “Amina al-Sa’id”)


Herrera, L. (2012) Colonial Education Systems, Influence on Middle Eastern Educational Development. In Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. James A. Banks (Editor) Sage Publications, Inc. (photo, Victoria College, Egypt n.d.)


Herrera, L. (2008) Education: The Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. 8 vols. Peter N. Stearns (Editor). New York: Oxford University Press: Vol. 3: 54-58.

Herrera, L. (2008) The American University in Cairo. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. 8 vols. Peter N. Stearns (Editor). New York: Oxford University Press: Vol. 1: 133-134.


SELECTED ARTICLES


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Herrera, L. (2004). Education, Islam, and modernity:Beyond westernization and centralization. Comparative Education Review, 48 (3), 318-326.


Herrera, L. (2002). The soul of a nation: Abdallah al-Nadim and educational reform in Egypt (1845-1896). Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, 7(1), 1-24.  (image: Jamal al-Din al-Afghani (1939-1837), Mohamed Abduh, Prince Tawfik)


Herrera, Linda (2001). Downveiling: Gender and the Contest over Culture in Egypt. Middle East Report. No. 219: 16-19.


Herrera, L. (2006). Higher education in the Arab world. In J.J. F Forest & P. Altbach (Eds.), International handbook of higher education (pp. 409-421). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishers. (Photo, AMU, Kuwait)


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Herrera, L. (2003). Islamization and education: Between politics, culture and the market. In J. Esposito &  F. Burgat (Eds.), Modernizing Islam: Religion and the public sphere in the Middle East and Europe (pp. 167-189). London: Hurst & Company.


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Herrera, Linda. Paulo Freire for the ages. In International Review of Education. February 2017, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 129-131.


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Ramírez Ballivían, R.  & Herrera, L. (2012). Schools of the streets: Hip-hop and youth pedagogy in Bolivia. InInternational Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 4(1), 172-184.

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Herrera, L. (2007). Un jeu de filles ? Négocier la pratique du sport dans l’enseignement Égyptien. In M. Bennani-Chraïbi & I. Farag (Eds.), Jeunesses des sociétés Arabes. Par delà les promesses et les menaces (pp. 253-268). Paris: Aux Lieux d’être & Cairo: Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales.


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Herrera, L. (2011). Eduquer la nation : les dilemmes d’un système éducatif à l’ère de la mondialisation. In V. Battesti et F. Ireton (Dirs.), L’Égypte au présent, Inventaire d’une société avant revolution (pp.  685-714). Paris: Sindbad-Actes Sud, collection La Bibliothèque Arabe.


 Herrera, L. (2004)  Education and Social Transformation in the Middle East : 1800-Present. In Philip Mattar et. al, (Editors),   Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa , 2nd Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale. Vol. 2: 756-762.

Herrera, L. (2004) Education and Social Transformation in the Middle East: 1800-Present. In Philip Mattar et. al, (Editors),  Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 2nd Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale. Vol. 2: 756-762.


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Herrera, L. (2010). Education and ethnography: Insiders, outsiders, and gatekeepers. In A. Mazawi & R. G. Sultana (Eds.), World yearbook of education 2010: Education and the Arab world: Political projects, struggles, and geometries of power (pp. 117-131). New York: Routledge.

Herrera, L. (2008). Education and empire: Democratic reform in the Arab world? In International Journal of Educational Reform, 17(4), 355-574.

Herrera, L. (2008) New Developments in Educational Policy in the Arab World: Privatization, Rights and Educational Markets in Egypt. In Forum 21, European Journal on Child and Youth Research. (2)12/2008: 68-76

Herrera, L. (2008). A song for humanistic education: Pedagogy and politics in the Middle East. Teachers College Record, 10 (2), 352-376.

Herrera, L. (2003). Participation in school upgrading:  Gender, class and (in)action in Egypt. International Journal of Educational Development, 23(2), 187-199.