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Lessons Learned[edit]

About Frederick Baker Today[edit]

Bio Statement: Frederick J. Baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Baker is presently an Emeritus Professor of Education in the Department of Education, College of Education and Integrated Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. An international teacher educator, Baker has lived overseas some thirteen years (mostly in economically developing countries). The recipient of numerous grants and awards including an Asian Foundation grant, a Teacher Corps grant in Micronesia, a Peace Corps development grant, and a Fulbright fellowship in Thailand, Baker specializes in field-based and international models for teacher education.

Besides Micronesia and Thailand, Baker has directed programs in Belize, England, China, Mexico, Latvia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Guyana, and the Lao, People's Democratic Republic. He served as a World Bank Consultant through the Consortium for International Development building a community college system in Sana’a, Yemen. Just before retiring he had a sabbatical in Florence, Italy and presently is accompanying his wife Rosalie while she directs the California State University Education Abroad Program in Aix en Provence, France.

Baker holds a BA degree from Central Michigan University, a MAT degree from Antioch College and a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Chachoengsao, Thailand, he has also served in the Foreign Service in Thailand, been an inner-city middle school teacher in Washington,D.C., a Director of Field Experiences at Central Michigan University, and Assistant Director of Teacher Education at the University of California, Irvine. At Cal Poly Pomona he was Chair of the Department of Teacher Education for over six years and has received the institutions Outstanding Academic Advisor Award and the Outstanding International Scholar award.

Dr. Baker has authored over one hundred twenty publications. His most recent books, Reforming America’s Schools: From Teachers and Curriculum to Globalization and Interdisciplinary Projects, and Ways of Coexisting: Urban, Suburban, and Global Communities, were published by Kendall/Hunt.

A Thai and Lao speaker, Baker is frequently asked to consult on international and multicultural topics, especially regarding curriculum development, teacher education and educational policy in economically developing countries.

References[edit]

(for all information above)


The following list my writing since leaving the Peace Corps:

Grants Written:

"Retraining of Micronesian Teachers in a Local Training Complex," U.S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C. June 1976 (Teacher Corps). This grant was funded for $295,595.00.

"Community College of Micronesia Program for Institutional Development," (with Robert Zuniga) U.S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C. September 1976. (Title III, Basic Institutional Development Program).

"A Training Complex Approach for the Preparation of Educational and Community Personnel in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands," U.S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C. December 1976 (Teacher Corps).

"A Proposal for the Use of Microcomputers to Address Specialized Needs for Education of the Handicapped and the Disadvantaged," Tandy Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, December, 1982.

"A Collaborative California Mathematics Project Proposal," California Mathematics Project Advisory Committee, Long Beach, California, January, 1983.

"University Linkage Program for East Asia and the Pacific: UCI and Ramkamheng University," United States Information Agency, Washington, D.C. April, 1983.

"University Linkage Program for East Asia and the Pacific: UCI and the Community College of Micronesia," United States Information Agency, Washington, D.C. April, 1983.

"International Open Higher Education and Communication in Northeast Thailand," Asia Foundation, August 1984, funded for $1,100.00.

"Integrating Cultural Diversity Materials into Teacher Education Curriculum, Secondary Level," (with Huberto Molina) University of California, Irvine, Committee for Instructional Development, February 1985, funded for $1,300.00.

"Integrating Cultural Diversity Materials into Teacher Education Curriculum, Elementary Level," (with Huberto Molina) University of California, Irvine, Committee for Instructional Development, April, 1985, funded for $1050.00.

"California International Studies Project-Resource Center," (with the California State University, Long Beach Foundation, October, 1986, funded for $80,000 through 1988.

"International Education Project," (through Cal Poly Pomona's International Center) submitted to Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, U.S. Department of Education for $115,337, November, 1988.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation of New York grant through California State Department of Education to attend Stanford University Middle Grades Symposium , July, 1989.

"U.S. Peace Corps Recruitment Program Grant," United States Peace Corps, Washington, D.C. ( to establish a Peace Corps Liaison Office on the Cal Poly Pomona campus). Funded for $9,999.00, October, 1991.

"Establishment of a Los Angeles County High School for International Education," Planning Grant through the California State Department of Education, (Baker, Hartman and Bell). Funded for $48,068.50, July, 1992.

"U.S. Peace Corps Recruitment Program Grant," United States Peace Corps, Washington D.C. Funded for $10,410.00, July, 1992.

"Growth Through Service," Cal Serve Grant, National and Community Service Act, State of California, Bennie, Baker, et al. $52,600, October, 1992.

"U.S. Peace Corps Recruitment Program Grant," United States Peace Corps, Washington D.C. Funded for $10,400, July, 1993.

"Laos Peoples Democratic Republic Curriculum Development Project for Teacher Education," TA 1570, Asian Development Bank. I received a one-year contract for $115,610 in Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. as Team Leader and Head Consultant in Teacher Education from July, 1993 through June, 1994.

"U.S. Peace Corps Recruitment Program Grant," United States Peace Corps, Washington D.C. Funded for $11,720.00, August, 1994.

"United States Information Agency Educational Development Grant," USIA, Washington D.C. for $6034.00, September 1995. This grant funded a two-week consultancy to help the University of Latvia establish a North American Studies Center.

"Malaysia Polytechnic Development Project," World Bank/Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities/Purdue University. I received a one-year contract for $131,000 in Batu Pahat, Malaysia as a consultant to help deliver a MA program for Malaysian polytechnic lecturers from May, 1997 through May, 1998.

"Pedagogy Into Practice: Malaysian Interns' Experiences During Their Teaching Practicum, " Baker, Mohd.Izam, B. Ghazali, Hj. Sapon B. Ibrahim, Giacchino-Bake. I received $RM 20,000 from the University of Technology, Malaysia to conduct this research study.

"Organizational Capacity Assessment," Ministry of Education, Georgetown, Guyana. I received a $22,000 contract from the Inter-American Development Bank through the Consortium for International Development to serve as the Educational Policy and Budget consultant, responsible for analyzing their Ministry of Education.

"Teacher Leadership and School Change," $738,920.00 grant submitted to the Comprehensive Program Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. May, 2000.

"Yemen Community Colleges," World Bank contract, Sana'a, Yemen. I received a $10,000 one-month contract from the World Bank through the Consortium for International Development (administered by New Mexico State University) to deliver an intensive course in planning, teaching, and evaluation for 32 Yemeni community college instructors.


Articles Published:

Baker, Frederick J. "A Chance for Change," Michigan Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 4, March, 1973.

Baker, Frederick J. and Arch, Thomas. "Process and Teacher Education, " Michigan Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 4, March 1974.

Baker, Frederick J. and Arch, Thomas. "Let's Make Teacher Education a Good Thing Again," New Directions in Teaching, Volume 4, Number 4, January 1975.


Baker, Frederick J. "Alternative Student Teaching Programs Overseas: Belize, Please!" Michigan Association of Teacher Educators Journal, Spring, 1975.

Baker, Frederick J. "Teacher Training Micronesia Style," The Teacher Educator, Volume 12, Number 2, Autumn 1976.

Baker, Frederick J., et al. "An Assessment of Needs for In-service Educators on the Island of Ponape," Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, October 1976.

Baker, Frederick J., et al. "Community Needs Assessment for Ponape District, Trust Territory of the Pacific," Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, December 1976.

Baker, Frederick J. "Organizing and Directing Alternative Field Experience Programs. The CMU Project: Student Teaching in England," ATE Bulletin, Experimental Field Experience Programs, January 1977.

Baker, Frederick J. "The Teacher Corps Ponape Project: A Micronesian Model for Teacher Education," Micronesian Reporter, Volume XXV, Number 1, First Quarter 1977.

Baker, Frederick J. "Options and Alternatives in Teacher Education: The Difference Between Measles and Whooping Cough, "Midwest Education Review, Volume 10, Number 4, Summer 1978.

Baker, Frederick J. "Teacher Corps Goes International: The Micronesia/Ponape Experience," International Education, Volume VIII, Number 1, Fall 1978.

The previous article also appears in Resources in Education, ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, SP 011817, ED 147263, 1978.

Baker, Frederick J. "International Student Teaching: Boon or Boondoggle?" Focus, (Journal of the Michigan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) November 1979.

Baker, Frederick J. "From One Outside Looking In," Foreword to On This Day, by Elaine Haglund, Libraries Unlimited, Inc., Littleton, Colorado, 1983.

Baker, Frederick J. "Alternative Sites for Student Teaching: A How-To-Do-It- List for Successful Involvement," Education, Winter, Volume 104, Number 2, 1983.

Baker, Frederick J. "What Ever Happened to Field-Based Teacher Educators?" Teacher Education Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 3, Summer 1983.

Baker, Frederick J. "Educational Radio in Northeast Thailand: Community Development and Station 909," International Education, Volume XIII, Number 2, Spring 1984.

Baker, Frederick J. "A 'Valu-able' Special Education In-service Model: The Development of Teacher Maturity," Canadian Journal For Exceptional Children, Vol.1, Issue No. 1, Fall, 1984.

Baker, Frederick J. "Alternative Student Teaching: Boon or Boondoggle?" The ClearingHouse, Winter, 1984.

Baker, Frederick J. "The Development of Experiential Learning Programs for the Open University," in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Open Higher Education, Bangkok, August, 1984.

Baker, Frederick J. "The Development of Experiential Learning Programs for the Open University: A Model for Ramkhamhaeng University," Ramkhamhaeng University Journal, 10th Anniversary Issue, Spring 1985.

Baker, Frederick J. "Education for the Future," (monograph) published by Chulalongkorn University Press, Bangkok, September 1985.

Baker, Frederick J., West, B., et al. "The State of the Profession: International Field/Student Teaching Experiences in Undergraduate Teacher Preparation," Guidelines for International Teacher Education, AACTE, March, 1985.

Baker, Frederick J. "In-Service Development Programs for Thai Teachers," ASEAN Publications, Sukothai Thammathirat University, February 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "Understanding the Quality of Life Through Population Education: a Thai Modular Approach," Ministry of Education Publications, Supervisory Unit, Bangkok 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "Work-Oriented, Non-Formal, Career Education: Call It What You Like- It's Working," Ministry of Education, Supervisory Unit, Bangkok, 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "Establishing Centers for the Promotion of Learning and Instruction in Support of Work-Oriented Education: a Thailand Experience," Ministry of Education Publications, Supervisory Unit, Bangkok 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "Meet Dr. Frederick J. Baker," (interview) Future Magazine, Vol. 6, No.1, June 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "Distance Teaching in Thailand: Teacher Education Comes of Age," Reviewed in Education in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO), Number 23, September 1986.

Baker, Frederick J. "How Can You Have Experiential Learning Without Experiential Teaching?" Teacher Education Quarterly, Summer 1989,

Baker, Frederick J. "Distance Teaching in Thailand: Teacher Education Comes of Age," Phi Beta Delta International Review (Journal of the Honor Society for International Scholars), Volume I, January 1990.

An expanded version of the above article also appeared in the Lock Haven International Review, Issue 4, Autumn, 1990.

Baker, Frederick J. "Thai Moral Development and its Relationship to Informal and Formal Education: A Beginning," The Cal Poly Scholar, Volume 3, Fall 1990.

Baker, Frederick J. "The University and Middle School Education: Wherefore Art Thou?" Newsletter of the California League of Middle Schools, Volume 10, No.1, Sept. 1990.

The above article also appeared in the School of Education Newsletter, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Volume V, Summer/Fall, 1990.

Baker, Frederick J. "Internationalizing Public Education: Past Practices, Present Programs, and Future Promises," Resources in Education, ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies, Social Science Education, May 1991.

Baker, Frederick J. "Educational Trouble in Paradise: Micronesian Multicultural Perspectives," The Cal Poly Scholar, Volume 4, Fall, 1991.

Baker, Frederick J. "Alternatives in Teacher Education: How Real Are They?" School of Education Newsletter, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Volume VI, Fall, 1992.

Baker, Frederick J. "Internationalizing Public Education: Past Practices, Present Programs, and Future Promises," The Cal Poly Scholar, Volume 5, Fall 1992.

Baker. Frederick J. "A Radical Evaluation of American Education: Pap, Poets, and Politics," The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 6, Fall 1993.

Baker, Frederick J. "Teacher Education in the Land of a Million Elephants," The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 7, Fall 1994.

Baker, Frederick J. "A Philosophy of Teacher Education For the Lao People's Democratic Republic: History, Reality, and New Directions," Philosophy of Education Proceedings, Far Western Philosophical Society, Alberta, Canada, 1994.

Baker, Frederick J. and Giacchino-Baker, Rosalie. "Immigration and Its Effect on the Signs of Our Times," Journal of the Institute for Regional and International Studies, Issue 2, Summer 1995.

Baker, Frederick J. and Giacchino-Baker, Rosalie. "Institutional Response of U.S. Colleges and Universities to the Linguistic and Cultural Needs of Foreign Students," The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 8, 1995.

Baker, Frederick J. "From Laos to Latvia via North American Studies," Journal of the Institute for Regional and International Studies, Issue 3, Winter, 1996.

Baker, Frederick J. and Mendelsohn, Jere. "Reform or Newform? The Future of Public Education Through the Eyes of an International Polytechnic High School," The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 9, Fall 1996.

Baker, Frederick J. and Mendelsohn, Jere. "Internationalizing Education Through Pacific Rim Eyes: The I-Poly Approach," Context: Southeast Asians & Other Newcomers in California's Classrooms, November/December, 1996, Volume 17, No. 124.

Baker, Frederick J. "Internationalizing Public Education," International Newsletter, International Student Services, California State University, San Bernardino, Vol.1., Issue 17. January 1997.

Baker, Frederick J., "Dynamics of Teaching in a Pluralistic Society," Multicultural Prism: Voices From the Field, Volume 3, J.Q. Adams and Janice R. Welsch, Editors. Illinois Staff and Curriculum Developers Association, 1997.

Baker, Frederick J. " A Systemic Model for Transforming Schools of Education at the Higher Education Level," Academic Journal, Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, University Teknologi, Malaysia, December, 1997.

Baker, Frederick J., and Giacchino-Baker, Rosalie. "Malaysian Diary," Journal of the Institute for Regional and International Studies, Issue 6, Summer 1998.

Baker, Frederick J. "Ways of Coexisting," CD-Rom, Multicultural Prism: Diversity in the Curriculum, Western Illinois University, June, 1999.

Baker, Frederick J., "Multicultural Versus Global Education: Why Not Two Sides of the Same Coin?" The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 12, Fall, 1999.

Baker, Frederick J. "Researching Pedagogy into Practice: A Look at Malaysian Interns' Responses Regarding Educational Psychology During M.A. Studies," Journal of the Institute for Regional and International Studies, Issue 7, Summer 1999.

Baker, Frederick J., and Giacchino-Baker, Rosalie. "Expanding the Boundaries of Education Through International Student Teaching: From California to Mexico." The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 13, Fall, 2000.

Baker, Frederick J. "The Beginnings of Educational Reform in South America: A Guyana Experience." Global Cal Poly Pomona (Journal of the International Center and Cal Poly Pomona Faculty, Issue 8, Fall, 2000.

Books, Book Chapters, Modules, Reviews, etc.

The following Individualized/Performance Based Learning Modules were co-authored with Douglas Shult of the Far West Laboratory, San Francisco and published by the Union For Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, Ohio. They are now part of the degree program of the Community College of Micronesia's Elementary Education In-service Degree and have been disseminated throughout the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now the Federated States of Micronesia).


"Project for the Development of a Teacher Aide Program," May 1975 "Module for the Development of a Ponape Directory of Learning Resources," May 1976. "English Language Improvement," June 1976. "Basic Interaction Analysis with Emphasis on Cross-Cultural Situations," June 1976. "Evaluation for Instruction in the Multicultural Classroom," July 1976. "Lesson Planning for Multicultural Classrooms," August 1976. "Mathematics Improvement I and II," August 1976.

Baker, Frederick J. and Enos, Donald. PONAPE DIRECTORY OF LEARNING RESOURCES, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, 1977, 179 pages. This book was reviewed in the ISLANDER section of the Pacific Daily News, February 20, 1977.

Baker, Frederick J., "An Interview with Fred Baker: A College Teacher Educator with a School-Focused Role," is a chapter in SCHOOL-FOCUSED INSERVICE: DESCRIPTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS, by Howey, Bents and Corrigan, ATE, Reston, Virginia, 1981.

Baker, Frederick J., (with Wolfe and Kromer) "A Discussion of Issues Relating to School Focused Teacher," is a chapter in SCHOOL-FOCUSED INSERVICE: DESCRIPTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS, by Howey, Bents and Corrigan, ATE, Reston, Virginia, 1981.

Baker, Frederick J., STUDENT TEACHING HANDBOOK, Office of Teacher Education, University of California, Irvine, 1982.

Baker, Frederick J., "Distance Learning in Technical Education," (handbook) published by the Institute for Technical Education Development, King Mongkut Institute of Technology, North Bangkok Campus, October 1985.

Baker, Frederick J., (editor and consultant translator) POPULATION EDUCATION: THE QUALITY OF LIFE, (six volume edition), Ministry of Education, Supervisory Unit, Bangkok, 1986.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed Myers SCHOOLS AND TEACHING IN AMERICA TODAY, for Holt, Rinehart and Winston, June, 1988.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed Reed and Bergemann's POINT-COUNTERPOINT: AN INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION, for Holt, Rinehart and Winston, August, 1989.

Baker, Frederick J., "Global Education: The Future is Now," is a chapter appearing in REFORMING TEACHER EDUCATION: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS, edited by Joseph Braun and published by Gardlands of New York, Fall 1989.

Editor, TRANSPERSONAL/HUMANISTIC EDUCATION NEWSLETTER, Association of Teacher Education, 1992-1993.

Baker, Frederick J., EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, (in Lao) Ministry of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Lao, Peoples Democratic Republic, 1994 (ADB TA: 1570).

Baker, Frederick J., METHODS OF TEACHING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS (in Lao), Ministry of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Lao, Peoples Democratic Republic, 1994, (ADB TA: 1570).

Baker, Frederick J., CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (in Lao), Ministry of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Lao, Peoples Democratic Republic, 1994, (ADB TA: 1570).

Baker, Frederick J., STUDENT TEACHING MANUAL: BILINGUAL LAO/ENGLISH EDITION, Ministry of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Lao, Peoples Democratic Republic, 1994, (ADB TA: 1570).

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed MULTIETHNIC EDUCATION: RAISING THE LEVEL OF SELF-ESTEEM IN ETHNIC MINORITY STUDENTS, for Brown and Benchmark Publishers, August, 1995.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION/FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION, for West Educational Publishing, September, 1995.

Baker, Frederick J., and Rubenstein, D., DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION HANDBOOK, School of Education and Integrative Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1996.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed Pai and Adler's CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION, SECOND EDITION, for Prentice Hall, 1996.

Baker, Frederick J., "Ways of Coexisting: Urban and Global Communities," (book chapter) appearing in Adams & Welsch, Editors, MULTICULTURAL PRISM: VOICES FROM THE FIELD, Western Illinois University, 1996.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed Hlebowitsh and Tellez's AMERICAN EDUCATION: PURPOSE AND PROMISE, for Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1997.

Baker, Frederick J., and Mendelsohn, Jere, REFORMING AMERICA'S SCHOOLS: FROM TEACHERS AND CURRICULUM TO GLOBALIZATION AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1997. ISBN 0-7872-3952-6, 248 pages.

Baker, Frederick J., WAYS OF COEXISTING: URBAN, SUBURBAN, AND GLOBAL COMMUNITIES (Ed.), Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1997. ISBN 0-7872-3887-2, 260 pages.

Baker, Frederick J., reviewed Spring's DECULTURALIZATION AND THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1999.