The Global Politics of Educational Borrowing and Lending / Edition 1

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Will the "best practices" of schools in Scotland work in South Africa? Are PTAs, a mainstay of American school governance, as valuable in European countries? Who decides and why? The globalization of educational policy has become a popular, if not ubiquitous, phenomenon among educational policymakers across the world. In this volume, Steiner-Khamsi and her colleagues provide an in-depth empirical and critical examination of the practice of global educational policy. Contributors question the value of importing and exporting educational policies, analyze who benefits from these arrangements, and test the effectiveness of adapting one country's policies in other (often quite culturally distinct) countries. The book investigates how global policies have been implemented locally, and examines the extent to which they work in diverse locales. Steiner-Khamsi and her colleagues also examine the role and practices of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multilateral organizations, and the World Bank in fostering how educational policies are disseminated and adapted across national and cultural boundaries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807744932
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Globalization in Education: Real or Imagined? 1
I Globalization, Internationality, and Cross-National Policy Attraction 7
1 Past, Present, and Future Globalizations 13
2 Constructions of Internationality in Education 29
3 Toward a Theory of Policy Attraction in Education 54
II The Politics of Educational Borrowing 69
4 Adopting the Language of the New Allies 75
5 Helping to Make the Case for Integration: The Israeli Black Panthers 88
6 Appropriating Borrowed Policies: Outcomes-Based Education in South Africa 101
7 Local Reactions to Imposed Transfer: The Case of Eastern Berlin Secondary School Teachers 114
8 The Politics of Constructing Scientific Knowledge: Lysenkoism in Poland 129
9 The Referential Web: Externalization Beyond Education in Tanzania 141
10 Timing Is Everything: The Intersection of Borrowing and Lending in Brazil's Adoption of Escuela Nueva 154
III The Politics of Educational Lending 169
11 International NGOs and Best Practices: The Art of Educational Lending 173
12 Taking the Credit: Financing and Policy Linkages in the Education Portfolio of the World Bank 188
Conclusion: Blazing a Trail for Policy Theory and Practice 201
About the Editor and the Contributors 221
Index 225
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