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ERIC Number: EJ769928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
Education and the Discussions on Globalization: Between "Winning the Competition" and "Social Justice"
Huilan, Wang
Chinese Education and Society, v40 n1 p22-35 Jan-Feb 2007
"Globalization" is a term that, over the past twenty years, has been very frequently used yet remains vague and changeable with respect to the phenomena it refers to and what specifically it connotes. Discussions encouraging globalization have quickly sprung up, spreading the use of terms such as "postindustrial society," "post-Fordism," "network society," "postmodernity," and so on, which express concepts that reflect large gaps between the new era and traditional society, particularly with reference to changes in areas such as economics, production, technology, communication, consumption, and culture. In contemporary social discourse and the context of language usage, "globalization" is often interchanged or combined with "global," "internationalization," "Americanization," or "global capitalism" to explain the tight interconnectedness of the international political situation or the influence of certain superpowers. Faced with a world situation that is constantly in flux, a steadily surging volume of discussions and articles on the subject, and the continuous stimulation, debate, and reform of education in countries around the world, in this article the author attempts to provide readers with a few strands of thought to pursue: (1) What sort of visions and lessons does globalization provide for us?; (2) Is globalization "an important and complex social phenomenon" or "a term that is both vague and tyrannical"?; (3) What are the important points for debate in the discussion of globalization?; and (4) What implication do the factors and changes described in the discussion on globalization offer us for reference as we try to understand the events and changes that are taking place in education? For a full understanding of global capitalism, particularly its serious impact on education, the author suggests that people should transcend the confines of a single, absolute ideology and strike a balance between "winning the competition" and "social justice." (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China