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Human Rights Education Globally

  • Joseph Zajda

Part of the Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research book series (GCEP, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Felisa Tibbitts, Thomas Nygren, Judit Novak, Denise Bentrovato, Johan Wassermann, Anamika
    Pages 51-73
  3. Gillian MacNaughton, Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Esther Kamau, Shahrzad Sajadi, Prisca Tarimo
    Pages 109-132
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-213

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive overview of selected research concerning global and comparative trends in dominant discourses on human rights education. Using diverse paradigms, ranging from critical theory to historical-comparative research, the book examines major human rights education reforms and policy issues in a global culture with a focus on the ambivalent and problematic relationship between human rights education discourses, ideology and the state. Further, it discusses democracy, national identity, and social justice, which are among the most critical and significant factors defining and contextualising the processes surrounding nation-building, identity politics and human rights education globally, and also critiques current human rights education practices and policy reforms, illustrating the shifts in the relationship between the state and human rights education policy.

Written by authors from diverse backgrounds and regions, the book examines current developments in research concerning human rights education, and citizenship education globally. As such it enables readers to gain a more holistic understanding of the nexus between nation-state, national identity and human rights education both locally and globally. It also provides an easily accessible, practical yet scholarly insights into international concerns in the field of human rights education in the context of global culture.


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.School of Educationthe Australian 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).

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