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Globalisation, Ideology and Education Reforms

Emerging Paradigms

  • Joseph Zajda

Part of the Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research book series (GCEP, volume 20)

About this book


This book analyses the nexus between ideology, the state, and education reforms worldwide. The research evinces the neo-liberal ideological imperatives of current education and policy reforms and illustrates the way these shifts in the relationship between the state and education policy are affecting current trends in education reforms and schooling around the globe. With this as its focus, the chapters represent hand-picked scholarly research on major discourses in the field of global education reforms. Offering a compendium of the very latest thought on the subject, this book is, like the others in the series, a state-of-the-art sourcebook for researchers, practitioners and policymakers alike. Not only do the chapters offer a timely analysis of current issues shaping education policy research; the work also contains ideas about future directions that education and policy reforms could take. By doing so, it provides a comprehensive view of the diverse and intersecting discourses on globalisation and policy-driven reforms in education. 

The book draws on recent studies in the areas of globalisation, education reforms, and the role of the state. Respective chapters critically assess the dominant discourses and debates on education and policy reforms. Using diverse comparative education paradigms, ranging from critical theory to historical-comparative research, they focus on globalisation, ideology and democracy, and examine both the reasons for and outcomes of education reforms and policy change.


globalisation and comparative education critical theory cultural capital curriculum reforms discourses of globalisation education reforms education ideologies education policy neo-liberal ideology policy-driven education reforms standards-driven education reforms educational quality values education

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Zajda
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Education & Arts, School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityEast MelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Joseph Zajda is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus). He specialises in globalisation and education policy reforms, social justice, history education and values education. He has written and edited 42 books and over 150 book chapters and articles on globalisation and education policy, higher education and curriculum reforms. He is also the editor of the 24-volume book series Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research (Springer, 2009 & 2020). Recent publications include: Zajda, J. (2018). Globalisation and education reforms: Paradigms and ideologies Dordrecht: Springer; Zajda, J. (2017). Globalisation and national identity in history textbooks. Dordrecht: Springer; Zajda, J. & Rust, V. (Ed.) (2016). Globalisation and Higher Education Reforms. Dordrecht: Springer; Zajda, J. (2015). (Ed.). Second International Handbook of Globalisation, Education and Policy Research. Dordrecht: Springer. 

Prof. Zajda’s works can be found in 480 publications in 4 languages and 10,529 university library holdings globally. He was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant ($315,000) for globalising studies of the politics of history education: a comparative analysis of history national curriculum implementation in Russia and Australia (with Monash University, 2011–2015). Further, he is an elected fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Globalisation, Ideology and Education Reforms
  • Book Subtitle Emerging Paradigms
  • Editors Joseph Zajda
  • Series Title Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Globalisation,Policy Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature B.V. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-024-1742-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-1745-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-024-1743-2
  • Series ISSN 2543-0564
  • Series E-ISSN 2543-0572
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 171
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Curriculum Studies
    International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Education Policy
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