Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2000

The Globalisation Effect on Education

Main discipline: Educational Science
Lecturer: Professor Phillip W. Jones
The University of Sydney, Australia

Course description
Education cannot escape being profoundly influenced through the economic, political and cultural effects of globalisation. Our understanding and promotion of educational change need more than ever to take the global dimension into account. This perspective helps explain the increasing inequities dividing the worlds peoples, and helps us assess prospects for peace, security and the strengthening of democratic institutions.

The course explores the globalisation effect on education in a comparative perspective. It begins with the problem of defining globalisation, and examines a range of emerging paradigms that help interpret globalisation phenomena. From that point, a range of world education trends and issues is introduced, through which the impact of globalisation can be examined.

These include the globalisation of labour markets and the emergence of market forces in education; knowledge as a global construct; shifting interpretations of the relationship between education and development; global organisations and their agenda in education, particularly the World Bank and UNESCO; and students, educational professionals and intellectuals in a globalising world. Implications for aid, international student mobility and international co-operation in education will be assessed.

Basic readings


The lecturer
Phillip W. Jones is Head of the School of Social, Policy and Curriculum Studies, The University of Sydney, Australia. His main research interests concern the interactions between education, development and globalisation. He has published two influential books on this: World Bank Financing of Education: Lending, Learning and Development (London and New York: Routledge 1992), and International Policies for Third World Education: UNESCO, Literacy and Development (London and New York: Routledge 1988). Phillip Jones is a former Chair of the Education Group of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, a former Deputy Director of the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges, and has held many consultative and collaborative positions in a range of international and regional organisations.