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The Trajectory of Global Education Policy

Community-Based Management in El Salvador and the Global Reform Agenda


Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)

About this book


This book provides new insights into the phenomena of global education policies and international policy transfer. While both of these issues have gained popularity in the field of international and comparative education, there remains much that we do not know. In particular, while numerous studies have been produced which examine how global education policies—such as vouchers, charter schools, conditional-cash transfers, standardized testing, child-centered pedagogy, etc.—are implemented globally, we lack research which illuminates the origins and evolution of such policies. The book addresses this critical gap in our knowledge by looking at multiple aspects of the trajectory of a particular policy which was born in El Salvador in the early 1990s and subsequently went global. Edwards explicitly analyzes the trajectory of global education policy with reference to the role of international organizations and within the larger international political and economic dynamics that affected the overall country context of El Salvador.


comparative education culture education education policy ethnicity globalization international relations Latin America latin american culture participation policy politics social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational FoundationsUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

About the authors

D. Brent Edwards Jr. is Assistant Professor of Theory and Methodology in the Study of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central America, El Salvador, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Trajectory of Global Education Policy
  • Book Subtitle Community-Based Management in El Salvador and the Global Reform Agenda
  • Authors D. Brent Edwards Jr.
  • Series Title International and Development Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title International and Development Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-50874-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-70166-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-50875-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 304
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
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“This book is the first rigorous account of the evolution of a global education policy that provides a comprehensive description of the Latin American context and a sophisticated discussion of debates in globalization studies and political economy.” (Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor of Comparative and International Education, Columbia University, USA)

“This important book traces the origins and subsequent movement of the Education with Community Participation program (EDUCO) through and by multilateral agencies into other sites. This is exactly the sort of theoretically informed but empirically grounded analysis of global education policy formation that we need more of.” (Stephen J. Ball, Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University College London, UK)

“This volume is a beautifully crafted, in-depth analysis of EDUCO, set in El Salvador. D. Brent Edwards Jr. shows the gains to be had in understanding EDUCO when tracing its multi-scalar dynamics and global trajectory over time and scape. This is case study work at its best.” (Susan L. Robertson, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge, UK)