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World Yearbook of Education 2016
The Global Education Industry

ISBN 9781138855403
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
314 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This latest volume in the World Yearbook of Education series examines the global education industry both in OECD* countries as well as developing countries, and presents the works of scholars based in different parts of the word who have significantly contributed to this area of research. Focusing on the areas of cross-over in public-private partnerships in education, WYBE 2016 critically examines the actors and factors that have propelled the global rise of the education industry.

Split into three key sections, Part I explores how education agendas are shaped; Part II considers the private financing of education and the export of school improvements to professional consultancies; and Part III analyses new market niches, such as low-fee private schooling and for-profit education provisions.

The book draws upon case studies of many global organizations, including:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
  • Bridge International Academies
  • Teach for All
  • Omega Schools

Co-edited by three internationally renowned scholars, Antoni Verger, Christopher Lubienski and Gita Steiner-Khamsi, WYBE 2016 will be a valuable resource for researchers, graduates and policy makers who are interested in the global education industry.

*Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Emergence and Structuring of the Global Education Industry: Towards an Analytical Framework  Part I: Shaping education agendas  2. The Role of the Gates Foundation and the Philanthropic Sector in Shaping the Emerging Education Market: Lessons from the US on Privatization of Schools and Education Governance  3. Philanthropic Governance: Charitable Companies, the Commercialisation of Education and That Thing Called ‘Democracy’  4. Private authority or ambiguity? The evolving role of corporations and foundations in the Global Partnership for Education  5. Entrepreneurial Influence in Brazilian Education Policies: The Case of Todos Pela Educação  6. Brand Aid Funding for Educating Public Humanitarians  Part II: Selling school improvement  7. Corporate Social Responsibility and Neo-social Accountability in Education: The Case of Pearson plc.  8. Knowledge production and the rise of consultocracy in education policymaking in England  9. Donors, Private Actors and Contracts: Recasting the Making and Ownership of Education Policy in Pakistan  10. Teach for All, Public-Private Partnerships, and the Erosion of the Public in Education  11. Professional Consultancy and Global Higher Education: The Case of Branding of Academia  Part III: New market niches  12. Financial Markets and Investment in Education  13. Unbundling the University and Making Higher Education Markets  14. Education outside the public limelight: The ‘parallel universe’ of ICT certifiers  15. Questioning the Global Scaling-up of Low-fee Private Schooling: The Nexus between Business, Philanthropy and PPPs  16. Economy, Business, and First Class: The Implications of For-Profit Education Provision in the UAE

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Antoni Verger is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Christopher Lubienski is Professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois, and a fellow with the National Education Policy Center.

Gita Steiner-Khamsi, PhD, is Professor of International andComparative Education and Chair of the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.


"The volume provides a useful and timely overview of the growing impact of the global education industry on education today, offering an array of case studies and analyzing a variety of actors... The volume is useful to graduate students and researchers in educational policy and comparative and international education, and to political and social scientists looking to develop a comprehensive understanding of the growing involvement of private actors, institutions, and business logics in the field of education."— Tyler Hook, Comparative Education Review