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Educational Leadership

in an


David Williams

Turning the Tide


Riding the Wave

Whether Globalisationis a catch-phraseof politicians or a driver for change within educational establishments depends on the degree to which it is seen as a leveror a bluntinstrument

Globalisationis an accelerated compression of the contemporary world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a singular entity.

“Compression makes the world a single place by virtue of the power of a set of globallydiffusedideasthat render the uniqueness of social and ethnic identities and traditions irrelevant except within local contexts and in scholarly discourse.”

- Ronald Robertson, ‘Globalisation Theory & Civilised Analysis’ (1987)

Globalisationis a process in which economies, cultures and societies have combined through a global network of tradeand communication”

- Patrick Doherty, ‘Globalisation and Education’ (2010)

Globalisationcan be seen as multifaceted consisting of six strands:

• Changing concepts of space and time (shrinking)

• Increasing the numbers of culturalinteractions

• Commonality of problems facing everyone

• Increasing inter-dependencies and connections

• The development of trans-national actors and other organisations

• The synchronisation of these elements concerning globalisation”

- Cohen and Kennedy, ‘Global Society’ (2000)

Trans-nationalcorporations, multi-nationalcorporations, governmentaland non-governmentalorganisations are playing a leading role in the current economical development and definingthe current push in education”

- Victor Roseilez, The Changing Face of Education (2007)

The neo-liberalversion of globalisation, particularly as implemented by bilateral, multilateral and internationalorganisations, is reflected in an educational agenda that supports or imposes particular policies for evaluation, financing, assessment, standards, teacher-training, curriculum, instruction and testing.”

- Burbules and Torres, Globalisation and Education: Critical Perspectives (2000)

successful corporations must primarily produce brandsas opposed to products.”

- Klein, ‘Globalisation Economic Handbook’ (2010)

“It is time to recognise that the truetutorsof our children are not school teachers or university professors but film makers, advertising executives and pop culture purveyors, Disney does more than Duke; Spielburgoutweighs Stanford; MTV trumps MIT.”

- Benjamin Barber