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William K. Cummings has been involved in development work for over 25 years, including long-term residence in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore, and short-term consultancies in over 15 countries in Asia, the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. His assignments have focused on evaluation and monitoring, policy analysis, sector assessment, management analysis (including strategies for enhancing decentralization and privatization), and teacher training. Along with applied work, Cummings has written extensively on the challenges of development and on models that describe successful development strategies. He has authored or edited over 100 articles and 20 books or monographs on education and development, including: Policy-Making for Education Reform in Developing Countries: Policy Options and Strategies, with James H. Williams (Rowman & Littlefield 2008); Policy-Making for Education Reform in Developing Countries: Contexts and Processes, with James H. Williams (Rowman & Littlefield 2005); Education and Equality in Japan: Values Education for Dynamic Societies (2002) and The Institutions of Education (Symposium Books 2003). Cummings is past president of the Comparative and International Education Society.

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