Globalization and Education

Bernard Hugonnier

in Learning in the Global Era

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520254343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941496 | DOI:
Globalization and Education

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This chapter calls for significant improvements in education and training, and analyses the current state of education worldwide. It explores where the global economy is headed and what nations and international stakeholders must do to compel sluggish school systems to match the pace of global economic, technological, and cultural change. The chapter argues that the process of globalization, characterized in part by the increasing replacement of physical labour by knowledge-based skills, has direct consequences for education. It provides data on a variety of indicators such as lagging student performance in certain domains and the disastrous effects of persistent inequality in schooling. The chapter examines a number of OECD studies, including ones on countries leading the way in training citizens for ‘lifelong learning’. It describes five major challenges of globalization for education: the need for higher-level skill development and opportunities for continuous learning; the demands of increased cultural interconnectedness; increasing social and income disparities; the responsibilities of global citizenship; and the impact of education in developing countries.

Keywords: education; training; globalization; lifelong learning; income disparities; global citizenship; developing countries; inequality; cultural interconnectedness; skill development

Chapter.  6552 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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