Significance of the Programme
To impact positively on global futures it is vital to examine the global flow of good practice educational policies that attend to problems associated with contemporary uncertainties and risks, and to scrutinise policy challenges and alternatives with a decisive aim to intervene. This research programme provides this essential response through critical analyses and comparisons of key case-studies using innovative theoretical and methodological frameworks of comparative and international education. The programme builds capacity for the establishment of a centre of excellence for international educational research in the current global renaissance of this field that requires comparative understandings of educational phenomena.
- Global resurgence of comparative and international research, driven by the ongoing development of globalization theorising and processes; and the expansion of comparative data and policy trend of ranking / benchmarking / comparing systems cross-nationally.
- Established tradition of the CIE field drawing on research disciplines across the social sciences.
- Major and ongoing public debates about educational ‘policy transfer’ as a global phenomenon.
- Established and developing collaborations amongst CIEGUN members covering a range of geographical areas of the globe, across temporal and multi-scalar dimensions, and working in multiple languages.
CIEGUN’s Programmatic Research Question
How do subaltern / subordinate readings of educational policy challenge dominant paradigms, such as neoliberalism, and present alternatives?