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Globalization of Education

An Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Joel Spring


230 pages

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Continuing Joel Spring’s reportage and analysis of the intersection of global forces and education, this text offers a comprehensive overview and synthesis of current research, theories, and models related to the topic. Written in his signature clear, narrative style, Spring introduces the processes, institutions, and forces by which schooling has been globalized and examines the impact of these forces on schooling in local contexts. Significant conceptual frameworks are added to this Second Edition, specifically the “economization of education,” “corporatization of education” and the “audit state.” These concepts are embedded in the global educational plans of major organizations such as the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), World Economic Forum, and multinational corporations.

Globalization of Education, Second Edition features new and updated information on

• The World Bank

• OECD and the United Nations

• The World Trade Organization and the Global Culture of Higher Education

• Corporatization of Global Education

• Religious and Indigenous Education Models

• The Global Workforce: Migration and the Talent Auction

• Globalization and Complex Thought


“Joel Spring’s critical approach to education challenges popular opinion and broadens our thinking. This book will leave you wanting to know more, think more, do more.”—Gina Zanolini Morrison, Wilkes University, USA

“…an eye-opening, pragmatic, and well-articulated discussion of contemporary policy, trends, and global change in education. Structured as a presentation of information rather than an argument, Spring effectively illuminates issues of cultural and corporate dominance, competitiveness, and inequality when examining macro-processes affecting global educational change and perspective in the 21st century.”—Karen Embry Jenlink, Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Globalization of Education

Chapter 2 The World Bank: Economic Education Model, the Economization of Education, and the Audit State

Chapter 3 The World Ministry of Education and Human Rights Education: OECD and the United Nations

Chapter 4 The World Trade Organization and the Global Culture of Higher Education

Chapter 5 Corporatization of Global Education: Profit Opportunity and Resistance to Corporatization

Chapter 6 Religious and Indigenous Education Models: A Clash of Civilizations?

Chapter 7 A Global Workforce: Migration and the Talent Auction

Chapter 8 Globalization and Complex Thought: Is There a Theory of Educational Globalization?

About the Author

Joel Spring is Professor at Queens College/City University of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
EDUCATION / Comparative