Staying Ahead of the Game: Elite Schools’ Globalising Curriculum Practices

Staying Ahead of the Game: Elite Schools’ Globalising Curriculum Practices

Date & Time

18 July 2012, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am


How are those schools around the world that cater for the rich and powerful responding to globalisation? What globalising practices are they adopting? And, how is globalisation impacting on their essential social purpose - which is to perpetuate and rejuvenate the privileged? Indeed, is globalisation altering the parameters of educational and social power and privilege? We address these questions drawing on the first three years of field-work from our multi-national, multi-sited global ethnographic study of elite schools and globalisation (2010-2014). This study includes nine schools from nine different countries in five regions of the world: Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. But all our schools are linked with the former British Empire. We focus on three axes of globalisation showing what global forces are impacting on the schools, what global connections they are mobilising and what global imaginaries they are seeking to produce. While these concepts have been used for undertaking global ethnographies, they have not been deployed to consider school curriculum. In unpacking their meaning and in mobilising them to consider the patterned and particular curriculum practices of elite schools, we offer a sociological framework for understanding the globalisation of the curriculum more broadly.  


Jane Kenway is a Professorial Fellow with the Australian Research Council, a Professor in the Education Faculty at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Australia. Her research expertise is in socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change. Her more recent jointly written books are Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006), Haunting the Knowledge Economy (Routledge 2006) and Consuming Children: Education-Advertising-Entertainment, (Open University Press, 2001). Her more recent jointly edited books are (2009) Globalising the Research Imagination, (2009) Routledge, Innovation and Tradition: the Arts and Humanities in the Knowledge Economy (2004) and Globalising Education: Policies, Pedagogies and Politics (2005) both Peter Lang. 

Aaron Koh is Associate Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group, NIE. He previously taught at Monash University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. His research expertise is in Global Studies in Education and Cultural Studies in Education. His most recent book is Tactical Globalization: Learning from the Singapore experiment (Peter Lang 2010). He is on the Editorial Board of Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education (Taylor & Francis, Routledge) and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (International Reading Association). He is also the co-founder of a new book series with Springer called Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education.


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