Culture in Education and Education in Culture

Tensioned Dialogues and Creative Constructions

  • Pernille Hviid
  • Mariann Märtsin

Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Perspectives on the Challenge of Globalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Szulevicz
      Pages 15-28
    3. Jacob Klitmøller, Sarah K. Jensen
      Pages 29-45
  3. Constructing Culturally Responsive Education

  4. Educational Cultivation of Personal Lives

About this book


In a world where the global engagement and international dialogue intensifies, some areas of cultivated knowledge suffer from this dialogue and this has consequences for people and communities. We propose education to be such a case. The global dialogue in education tends to be restricted to and mediated by standardized measurements. Such standards are meant to measure qualities of education and of student behavior and create the sought for condition for normative comparability and competition. The obvious drawback is that cultural variability – in local living as well as in education – is rendered irrelevant. 

Are there alternatives? The book insists on maintaining the discussion about education on a global level, but rather than moving towards homogenization and standardization of education, the attention is drawn towards the potential for learning from creative fits - and misfits - between concrete local cultures, institutional practices and global aims and standards of education. 

This work brings together a group of educational and developmental researchers and scholars grappling to find culturally informed and sensitive modes of educating people and communities. Case studies and examples from four geographical contexts are being discussed: China, Brazil, Australia and Europe. While being embedded in these local cultures, the authors share a conceptual grounding in cultural developmental theorizing and a vision for a culturally informed globalized perspective on education. As the theme of the book is learning from each other, the volume also includes commentaries from leading scholars in the field of cultural psychology and education.


Standardization of education Culturally sensitive education Cultural minorities and education Globalization and education Culture and education Culturally informed pedagogy Local vs global culture practices in education Global ideas and local practices in education

Editors and affiliations

  • Pernille Hviid
    • 1
  • Mariann Märtsin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.School of Psychology and CounsellingQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28411-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28412-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-6780
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-6799
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