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Researching the Global Education Industry

Commodification, the Market and Business Involvement

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  • Adopts an overarching perspective to draw attention to current developments in the Global Education Industry

  • Critically examines the impact of the GEI on educational research, policy and practice

  • Explores how the GEI has implemented and defined new concepts of 'good' education

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This book examines how the Global Education Industry (GEI) has brokered, funded, and implemented new conceptualizations of ‘good’ education. With a focus on new private providers and policy actors in education, the authors of the book analyze the impact of the GEI on educational research, policy and practice. How did philanthropies and foundations manage to make their voices heard in school reform debates, what are the implication of digital technologies and data infrastructures on teaching and learning, and should the fast advance of the GEI be merely seen as a logical consequence of the commercialization of education? Moving beyond single-country case studies, the book focuses on key issues related to the study of the Global Education Industry in an international context, discussing the rationales, processes and impacts of current developments. This comprehensive book will be of interest and value to scholars and researchers of the GEI, as well as policy makers.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Education, University of Münster, Münster, Germany

    Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi

  • Theory and History of Education, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Christiane Thompson

About the editors

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral is Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Münster, Germany. A member of the Network of Experts on the Social Aspects of Education funded by the European Commission, his research interests include international and comparative education, policy, and governance.
Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the Teachers College, Columbia University, USA and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society and Director of NORRAG, her research interests focus on globalization, school reform and teacher policy in developing countries.
Christiane Thompson is Professor of Theory and History of Education at the Goethe University Frankfurt / Main, Germany. Her research interests include the philosophy of education, cultural studies of education and educational research.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Researching the Global Education Industry

  • Book Subtitle: Commodification, the Market and Business Involvement

  • Editors: Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Christiane Thompson

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-04235-6Published: 06 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-04236-3Published: 14 January 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 295

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Educational Policy and Politics, International and Comparative Education

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