Introduction to international education

Introduction to the module from the Handbook

‘As an interdisciplinary field the unit seeks to explore the different theories and concepts that underpin debates around international education, drawing on expertise in the fields of International and Comparative Education, Geography and Sociology. Such concepts as globalization and cosmopolitanism are explored in relation to their framing of education. The unit draws out critical awareness of these ideas related to, for example, the convergence of European education trends; the impact of a neo-liberalism on education; cultural identity and international schools; and international testing and policy borrowing.’

Introduction to international education handbook

My thoughts on the subject

In this moduel we had three main topics. Education and processes of globalisation, Education and ‘the local’ and Economic logics in global education.

In this module we had three main topics: Education and processes of globalisation, Education and ‘the local’ and Economic logics in global education. I found this module very interesting and especially Roger Dales Mechanisms of Globalisation (see table below) and Critical Discourse Analysis (see text below).

Personally has this module been good for my development as a teacher. This module was on the non-teacher pathway of the education studies course, and because of this module I am starting to consider if I want to do a post-grad at Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet at some point in my future.

Critical Discourse Analysis

One of the tools I was introduced to in Introduction to international education, was Critical Discourse Analysis.

‘Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is an analytical approach that qualitatively looks at and critically describes, interprets and explains discourses in a text. In Critical Discourse Analysis the way in which the discourse constructs, maintains, and legitimizes social inequalities is at the centre. When doing Critical Discourse Analysis we decipher how the specific author/speaker have constructed an argument, and how this argument fits into wider social practices. Critical Discourse Analysis is inherently a subjective analysis that cannot be scientifically neutral, because knowledge is socially constructed and is valued based. However it is still an academic discipline that is based on informed opinions, so while conducting a Critical Discourse Analysis it is important to keep biases in mind, in order to be aware of how they affect the analysis.’

Ditte Gade, 2019, Summative Essay

Group presentation of Critical Discourse Analysis.

Tabel of Roger Dales Mechanisms of Globalisation