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Transnational German Education and Comparative Education Systems

Research and Practice

  • Benjamin Nickl
  • Stefan Popenici
  • Deane Blackler

Part of the Global Germany in Transnational Dialogues book series (GGTD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Positioning Transnational Education in Germany

  3. Teaching Transnational German Studies Across the Globe

  4. Comparative Perspectives on Education Policy and Strategies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-178

About this book


This book presents an in-depth look at the state of transnational education and comparative perspectives on education systems between Germany and other nation states. It explores how a transnational education identity in secondary and tertiary institutions has developed in the German and other national contexts and which lessons can be learned from current challenges and successes of education systems. It uses detailed case studies to promote critical rethinking of current educational practices in high schools and universities, specifically of race, gender, religion and learner ability in educational settings. It understands learning and teaching as an arena to discuss transnational education opportunities in the 21st century as an emerging or evolving discourse on contemporary forms of transnationalism.


German Transnational Education Comparative Education Systems Transnational Education Developments in Germany Cross-border University Partnerships Language Education Policies in Germany and Asian Countries Academic re-thinking of the teaching of German Culture Abroad Teaching Transnational German Studies Across the Globe Comparative Perspectives on Education Policy and Strategies Transnational Higher Education Transnationalization of German Higher Education Institutions German Language Teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Nickl
    • 1
  • Stefan Popenici
    • 2
  • Deane Blackler
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  3. 3.Independent Scholar and TeacherSouth YarraAustralia

About the editors

Dr Benjamin Nickl is a cultural studies researcher with an interest in popular culture studies in film, television, literature, performative and mass media. Dr Nickl also focuses on educational studies and researches in the areas of transnational cultures, German, American, and Australian transnationalisms and global transcultural dialogue, as well as transnational teaching practices in secondary and tertiary education.

Dr Stefan Popenici is currently working at Charles Darwin University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. He is also Associate Director of the Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Dr Deane Blackler is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Tasmania and Monash University. Dr Blackler has been a researcher of, and published on, the prose fiction of WG Sebald, English literacy, and Education. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Master of Education degree, she has also taught in the secondary sector in the areas of English, Literature, and LOTE, and held senior administrative positions in a number of schools. Her doctoral thesis was awarded a Research Commendation by the University of Tasmania.

Bibliographic information


“The robust impression of Germany’s transnational education provision from bilingual elementary schools to bilateral universities is a rich contribution that not only scholars of international and comparative education can enjoy. This book opens a range of viewpoints from which other countries’ TNE provision can be explored and investigated. … The Germans are on to something—and I hope international education practitioners and scholars read this book and allow it to provide them with thought-provoking impulses for their own institutional, national, and societal contexts.” (Jessica D. Schüller, Research in Comparative and International Education, September 21, 2020)