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Head shot of Jane Kenway.Staying Ahead of the Game:

Elite Schools' Globalizing Curriculum Practice

Jane Kenway Lecture

Jane Kenway | Professor of Education | Monash University, Australia

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

OISE/UT | 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto | 7th Floor, Rm 7-105 (CIDE Smart Room)

How are elite schools around the world responding to globalization? What globalizing practices are they adopting? And, how does globalization impact their educational, social and political purposes?  I address these questions drawing on the first three years of field-work from our multi-national, multi-sited global ethnographic study of elite schools and globalisation (2010-2014). This study includes nine schools from nine different countries in five regions of the world: Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. But all our schools are linked in various ways with the former British Empire. We focus on three axes of globalization showing the main global forces that impact the schools, the range of global connections they mobilize and the various global imaginaries they seek to produce. While these concepts have been used for undertaking global ethnographies, they have not been deployed to consider school curriculum. In unpacking their meaning and in mobilizing them to consider the patterned but also nationally particular curriculum practices of elite schools, we offer a sociological framework for understanding the globalization of the curriculum more broadly.

Jane Kenway is a Professorial Fellow with the Australian Research Council, a Professor in the Education Faculty at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Australia.  Her research expertise is in socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change. Her current five year research project, with an international team of researchers, is called Elite independent schools in globalising circumstances: a multi-sited global ethnography (2010-2014). Her more recent jointly written books are Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006), Haunting the Knowledge Economy (Routledge 2006) and Consuming Children: Education-Advertising-Entertainment, (Open University Press, 2001). Her more recent jointly edited books are (2009) Globalising the Research Imagination, (2009) Routledge, Innovation and Tradition: the Arts and Humanities in the Knowledge Economy (2004) and Globalising Education: policies, pedagogies and politics (2005) both Peter Lang.


Professor Kenway's talk is co-sponsored by the following OISE research centres:

The Centre for Comparative, International and Development Education

The Centre for Media and Culture in Education, and

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies