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Researching the Global Education Industry

Commodification, the Market and Business Involvement

  • Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
  • Gita Steiner-Khamsi
  • Christiane Thompson
  • Adopts an overarching perspective to draw attention to current developments in the Global Education Industry

  • Critically examines the impact of the GEI on educational research, policy and practice

  • Explores how the GEI has implemented and defined new concepts of 'good' education


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Christiane Thompson, Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
    Pages 1-21
  3. Christopher Lubienski
    Pages 69-86
  4. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
    Pages 115-133
  5. Stephen Carney
    Pages 251-272
  6. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Christiane Thompson
    Pages 273-290
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book examines how the Global Education Industry (GEI) has brokered, funded, and implemented new conceptualizations of ‘good’ education. With a focus on new private providers and policy actors in education, the authors of the book analyze the impact of the GEI on educational research, policy and practice. How did philanthropies and foundations manage to make their voices heard in school reform debates, what are the implication of digital technologies and data infrastructures on teaching and learning, and should the fast advance of the GEI be merely seen as a logical consequence of the commercialization of education? Moving beyond single-country case studies, the book focuses on key issues related to the study of the Global Education Industry in an international context, discussing the rationales, processes and impacts of current developments. This comprehensive book will be of interest and value to scholars and researchers of the GEI, as well as policy makers.


Global Education Industry Commodification of education Education investment pro-market educational reforms education policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
    • 1
  • Gita Steiner-Khamsi
    • 2
  • Christiane Thompson
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew York, NYUSA
  3. 3.Theory and History of EducationGoethe-University Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany

About the editors

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral is Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Münster, Germany. A member of the Network of Experts on the Social Aspects of Education funded by the European Commission, his research interests include international and comparative education, policy, and governance.
Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the Teachers College, Columbia University, USA and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society and Director of NORRAG, her research interests focus on globalization, school reform and teacher policy in developing countries.
Christiane Thompson is Professor of Theory and History of Education at the Goethe University Frankfurt / Main, Germany. Her research interests include the philosophy of education, cultural studies of education and educational research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Researching the Global Education Industry
  • Book Subtitle Commodification, the Market and Business Involvement
  • Editors Marcelo Parreira do Amaral
    Gita Steiner-Khamsi
    Christiane Thompson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-04235-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04236-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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