Globalisation, Education and Skills

  • Douglas Bourn


The focus of this chapter is on the relationship of globalisation to changing educational priorities and skills needs around the world. It discusses the different interpretations of globalisation and looks at their relevance to debates on education. A theme is the need to consider globalisation in a social and cultural sense as well as an economic sense. Evidence will be shown from students of their responses to what is meant by globalisation. Reference will be made to the neo-liberal forces that have influenced educational programmes in formal, further and higher education. The chapter concludes with a rationale as to why skills need to be a focus of educational debates to make sense of global influences.


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  • Douglas Bourn
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  1. 1.Development Education Research CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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