Globalization of Education

An Introduction

By Joel Spring

© 2009 – Routledge

250 pages

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About the Book

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. Spring introduces readers to the processes, institutions, and forces by which schooling has been globalized and examines the impact of these forces on schooling in local contexts.

Designed for courses on globalization and education, international and comparative education, educational foundations, multicultural education, and educational policy, the text is written in a clear narrative style to engage readers in thoughtful consideration of topics discussed. Each chapter includes "Key Points" that summarize the content and suggest issues and questions for critical analysis, discussion, and debate.


"The book is well written and carefully researched. It is a useful resource for students and scholars seeking a detailed analysis of different globalization perspectives."--Comparative Education Review

"I would strongly recommend this book to audiences in higher education, educational policy, curriculum studies, and globalization studies (supplemented by other literature), because it contextualizes many of the educational issues we deal within global policy frameworks. . . This book not only answered my questions about the global superstructure but also provided an important reminder that we cannot simply ignore global processes in our evaluations of educational (including higher education) policies, practices, discourses, and curriculum in local contexts."—Review of Higher Education

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Globalization of Education

Chapter 2 Global Education Networks and Discourses: The World Bank and the Knowledge Economy

Chapter 3 The Cyberschoolbus and Sesame Street Meet the Global Knowledge Economy: OECD and the United Nations

Chapter 4 The Marketing of Knowledge: Multinational Learning Corporations, Global Assessment and Higher Education

Chapter 5 From the Global to the Local: Global Progressive Education Models and INGOs

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

Chapter 7 Global Migration and Language Policies

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

About the Author

Joel Spring is Professor of Education, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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 / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Comparative