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Globalisms and Power

Iberian Education and Curriculum Policies


João M. Paraskeva and Jurjo Torres Santomé

Globalisms and Power examines the effects neoliberal globalization is having on Spanish and Portuguese educational and curriculum policies and practices. The book dissects the nexus between globalization (or globalisms) and power under a global policy momentum, and analyzes how neoliberal globalization strategies eagerly led by nongovernmental institutions determine the educational agenda in each nation. Both Portugal and Spain were subjugated by military dictatorships for more than four decades: their education systems were laced with an authoritarian, militaristic, racist, and xenophobic ideology. Both countries’ secular authoritarian and conservative religious traditions are now dangerously entangled with the demands of neoliberal ideologies.
Shedding light on how education and curriculum policies and practices are determined and how they, in turn, determine the dynamics of ideological production in society, this book unmasks the massive artillery borrowed from the private sector to fix public education and lays bare the fact that nothing is natural, normal, or inevitable in this corporate global momentum.
Contents: João M. Paraskeva/Jurjo Torres Santomé: Introduction: Pouring Old Philosophical Wine into New Ideological Bottles: Globalisms and the Rebooting of Mankind’s Revolution – Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Globalizations – Rafael Feito Alonso: Secondary Education in Spain – João Formosinho/Joaquim Machado: Democratic Governance of Public Mass Schools in Portugal – Gloria Braga Blanco/José Luis San Fabián Maroto: Crisis and Trends in Spanish Universities: The Bologna Process, Year Zero – João Menelau Paraskeva: Bologna Process(ors): Knowing Very Well What They Are Doing, but Still Doing It – José Gimeno Sacristán: The Professional Career for Teachers – Maria Alfredo Moreira/Flávia Vieira: Preservice Teacher Education in Portugal: The Transformative Power of Local Reform – José Félix Angulo/César Bernal: ICT as a Discourse of Salvation – Lia Raquel Oliveira: National Technology Plan for Education and Public Schooling: Myths, Limits, and False Promises – José Bravo Nico/Lurdes Pratas Nico: Official Discourses in the Educational Systems: Competencies - The New Curriculum Password? Juan Bautista Martínez Rodríguez: Competencies: The Key to the New Curriculum – Miguel Lopez Melero: Disability and Education: Transforming Difficulties into Possibilities – Jurjo Torres Santomé: Curricular Tensions and the Struggle for Justice in Neoliberal Times – Cathryn Teasley: Deconstructing Discourses on Racism in Educational Contexts in Spain: Along a Continuum of Racialization, New and Old – Jaime Rivière/Mariano Fernández Enguita: Social Class and Education in Spain – Ana Sánchez Bello: Gendered Agenda in Education.