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Educational Policy Transfer in an Era of Globalization: Theory – History – Comparison


Jeremy Rappleye

As education becomes increasingly global, the processes and politics of transfer have become a central focus of research. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary theoretical and analytical work aimed at exploring international educational reform and reveals the myriad ways that globalization is now fundamentally altering our dominant conceptions. It illustrates how transfer has emerged to play a central part in policy formation processes worldwide, but also reveals critical differences between developed countries and aid-dependent developing states. This substantial breadth, combined with a level of empirical depth absent from current research, opens up new vistas through which to understand globalization, educational policy formation, and the modalities of transfer. In doing so, the book pushes for a reevaluation of several core assumptions of transfer and educational research more generally.


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AANEC All Around National Education Committee ACCU Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO ADB Asian Development Bank ADDCN Association of District Development Committees AED Academy for Educational Development AHCE Ad Hoc Council on Education ARC Administrative Reform Council BPEP Basic Primary Education Project CCE Central Council on Education CDR Council on Decentralization Reform CI&E Civil Information & Education Division CPR-FLE Committee for Promotion of Revisions to Fundamental Law of Education CPS Centre for Policy Studies CSSP Community Schools Support Project DANIDA Danish International Development Agency DALAN Danish Assistance to Local Authorities DASU Decentralization Advisory Support Unit (DANIDA) DfES Department for Education and Skills DFC DANIDA Fellowship Center DfID Department for International Development (UK) DOE Department of Education EFA Education for All ERC Education Reform Committee (1946-1952) ERC Education Rebuilding Council (2006-2007) XVI Rappleye: Transfer in an Era of Globalization ESAT Education Sector Advisory Team (formerly PAT) FACS Foreign Aid Coordination Section FES Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FLE Fundamental Law of Education GHQ General Headquarters GON Government of Nepal GTZ German Technical Cooperation HLDCC High-Level Decentralization Coordination Committee HMGN-JR His Majesty’s Government of Nepal-Joint Review on Decentralization IEA International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement IIEP International Institute of Educational Planning IIDS Institute for Integrated Development Studies ILO International Labor Organization IMF International Monetary Fund JICA Japan International Cooperation Agency JTU Japan Teachers’ Union LDP Liberal Democratic Party LGDK Local Government of Denmark LSGA Local Self-Governance Act MCA Management Coordination Agency METI Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry MEXT Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,...

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