In recent decades globalisation has impacted national education policies in industrialised, emerging and developing economies. This module will look at the different ways in which some education systems in different regions have changed their policies and provision of education in the hope of raising competitiveness and fitting in with the current knowledge economy. We will look at ways in which these changes have impacted upon the teaching and learning processes of such systems.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Make use of notions of 'the state' in relation to policies in education
- Explain the relationship between global targets (PISA; EFA goals) and the rise of competitiveness internationally
- Critically analyse the formulation of different education policies across geographical regions as a consequence of globalisation
- Communicate your ideas and arguments on these topics to tutors and peers in both written and verbal forms
- Evaluate the role of governmental and non-governmental international organisations in education
- Examine different theories and dimensions of globalisation
The content of the module will typically cover:
- The impact of globalisation on educational policy
- Policy transfer; dissemination and convergence
- International performance evaluations as global targets
- Governmental and non-governmental international organisations
- Examples of school choice; competition; decentralisation; school-based management; public-private partnerships and conditional-cash transfer schemes
- Educational competitiveness in the knowledge economy
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials, student presentations and self-directed study.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||36|
|Completion of assessment task||70|
|Wider reading or practice||50|
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Grek, S. (2007). Governing by numbers: the PISA Effect. Journal of Education Policy.
Martens, K. Rusconi, A. and Leuze, K. (eds) (2007). New Arenas of Education Governance: The Impact of International Organisations and Markets on Educational Policy Making.. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hay, C. (2006). What's Globalisation Got to Do with It? Economic Interdependence and the Future of European Welfare States. Government and Opposition.
Chabbott, C. (2003). Constructing education for development: International organisations and education for all.. New York: Routledge.
Verger, A., M. Novelli and H. K. Altinyelken (eds.) (2012). Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies.. London: Continuum.
Robinson, W. I. (2007). Theories of Globalisation. In G. Ritzer (ed). The Blackwell Companion to Globalisation, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External