Globalisation is often viewed as a threat to cultural and linguistic diversity and therefore is a central concern of educational practices and policy. The present study challenges this common view by demonstrating that local communities can use global means to support and enhance their specific practices and policies. An historical exploration of education policy in Mexico reveals that there has been a continuing struggle by indigenous peoples to maintain locally relevant modes of teaching. Indigenous peoples have increasingly used technology to maintain their languages and local cultural practices. Such accentuation of the local in a global context is exemplified by the people of Chiapas: They live in subsistence-type communities, yet their recent education movements and appeals to international solidarity (such as in the Zapatista rebellion) have employed computer-aided technologies.
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Reinke, L. Globalisation And Local Indigenous Education In Mexico. Int Rev Educ 50, 483–496 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-004-4629-4
- Local Community
- Indigenous People
- Cultural Practice
- Education Policy
- Linguistic Diversity