Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research

The Politics of Education Reforms

Editors: Zajda, Joseph, Geo-JaJa, Macleans A. (Eds.)

  • Explores conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches applicable in the research of education reforms, policy change and globalization
  • Examines central discourses surrounding the debate of education reforms, access and equity in schooling globally
  • Illustrates how the relationship between education reforms and globalization affects current models and trends in schooling globally
  • Demonstrates ideological imperatives of globalization and its impact on trends in schooling around the world
  • Evaluates the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the State, ideology, education reforms and outcomes in education globally
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This, the ninth in the 12-volume series Globalization, Comparative Education and Policy Research, focuses on the politics at play in the arena of education reform. As with the other publications in the group, this one features scholarly research into major areas of inquiry related to education and globalisation. Here, the research is focused on key debates in the politics of education reforms. Again, this volume offers researchers, practitioners and policymakers a state-of-the-art sourcebook of the very latest thinking on the subject.

Case studies are culled from places as diverse as Russia, where education reforms have attempted the wholesale remodeling of the former Soviet-style system characterised by top-down uniformism, to the Niger Delta, where it is argued that only non market-based approaches can combat the endemic social exclusion, poverty and social inequity. Japan’s evolving universities, Israel’s self-managing schools, and English teaching in Chinese colleges also feature. In addition to the site-specific research, contributors offer a number of in-depth analyses exploring issues at the interface of education theory and political philosophy. These include an examination of the dominant paradigms employed in critiquing education reforms and a discussion of the nexus between neoliberalism and policy change in higher education, in which it is argued that the continued existence and political importance of nation states makes their universities far from neutral sites of knowledge and knowledge construction.

Globalisation and competitive market forces have generated an upsurge in the knowledge industries that is having profound differential effects on educational institutions, an analysis acknowledged by this text. As educational organisations are compelled to embrace the corporate ethos of efficiency, accountability and profit-driven managerialism, the potential is created for further polarisation and socio-economic divisions in society that may result in discontent and social conflict.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Neoliberalism, the New Imperialism, and the “Disappearing” Nation-State: A Case Study

    Calderone, Shannon (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

  • How Educational Systems Form and Reform

    Cummings, William K.

    Pages 19-39

  • Academic Capitalism in Japan: National University Incorporation and Special Zones for Structural Reform

    Chan-Tiberghien, Jennifer

    Pages 41-53

  • Globalisation and Higher Education Policy Changes

    Banya, Kingsley

    Pages 55-73

  • The Emergence of the Local Management of Schools (LMS) in Israel: A Political Perspective

    Gaziel, Haim H.

    Pages 75-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Education Reforms
Editors
  • Joseph Zajda
  • Macleans A. Geo-JaJa
Series Title
Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3218-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3218-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3217-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3148-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 226
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