Editors: Liliana Olmos, Carlos Alberto Torres , Rich Van Heertum

Series Title: Educating the Global Citizen

"In the Shadow of Neoliberalism: Thirty Years of Educational Reform in North America"

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ISSN: 2211-727X (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-336-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-268-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2011
DOI: 10.2174/97816080526841110101


Globalization has emerged as one of the key social, political and economic forces of the twenty-first century, challenging national borders, long established institutions of governance and cultural norms and behaviors around the world. Yet how has it affected education? The series explores the complex and multivariate ways in which changing global paradigms have influenced education, democracy and citizenship from Latin America, Europe and Africa to Asia, the Middle East and North America. It seeks to unearth how these changes have manifest themselves in daily classroom experiences for teachers and administrators the world over and how recent events might influence future change.


Educating the Global Citizen provides a comprehensive overview as well as fine-grained analyses of the impact of globalization on the three countries (the United States, Canada, and Mexico) of North America. The international scholars assembled in this volume document how the various forces of globalization interact not only with national but with state/provincial and local levels of society to shape the goals, governance, financing, content, processes and outcomes of education. Of particular concern to the contributing authors is this driving question: What implications do educational reforms of the past three decades have for the formation of democratic citizens and the achievement of more just societies? Moreover, who benefits from current public policies framed by a dominant neoliberal ideological agenda that promotes privatization and decentralization of social services as well as a market logic and competitive business model determining the regulation and running of school systems? In systematically critiquing the deleterious consequences of these current policies, the authors also point out the contradictions that beset them and engender opposition. They describe democratic movements that both resist and offer alternative views of how education systems can contribute to individual development and collective well-being.

Educating the Global Citizen is the first volume in a series of comparative case studies undertaken in sixteen countries. The book’s useful conceptual framework and cogent organizing themes are an excellent introduction to a cumulative body of scholarship that promises to illuminate the most significant issues confronting education systems internationally.

Robert F. Arnove
Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington


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