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ERIC Number: EJ1100797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Standards Are Good (For) Business: Standardised Comparison and the Private Sector in Education
Steiner-Khamsi, Gita
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v14 n2 p161-182 2016
The article examines how and why the method of "comparison against standards" has benefited non-state actors and businesses in the education sector. Drawing on brief examples from international standard schools in Qatar, Indonesia and Mongolia, the author examines how the global education industry uses the reference to "international standards" as a selling point to roll out their own school reform package. Besides a critical examination of the selling points, she also explores why governments find the purchase of products and services from businesses appealing. Finally, she analyses how governments justify the purchase of expensive educational products and services that they otherwise would receive for free or at a considerably lower price. The author frames her analyses against the backdrop of theories on policy borrowing/lending as well as methodological discussions in the field of comparative education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia; Mongolia; Qatar
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