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Globalising the school curriculum: gender, EFA and global citizenship education

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Marshall, Harriet; Arnot, Madeleine

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Corporate Editor University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)
Abstract Whilst the link between access, quality of schooling and gender equality in promotion Education for All is vital, the problematic nature of this agenda for the curriculum in developing countries is not sufficiently recognized. Previous sociological research indicates the contradictions between the social reproductive elements and the egalitarian potential of a 'globalised curriculum' especially in the complex postcolonial scenario of developing economies. A close reading of the EFA Global Monitoring Reports highlights rights within and through the curriculum, representing the 'curriculum as opportunity', 'curriculum as reform' and 'curriculum as a democratic tool'. However, gender equality represents a deeper challenge to dominant knowledge forms than that represented by a gender fair/ friendly curriculum or a gender neutral curriculum. Global citizenship education controversially brings female subordination and gender power into the curriculum but its potential in relation to the goals of EFA is not proven. Localized historical and socio-cultural investigations are needed into the gendering of national school knowledge in non-Western environments, and its relationship to material and socio-cultural conditions of gender relations. Such investigations could account for different types of gender performances in school, and offer a transformative politics of recognition as well as redistribution.
Keywords equality of rights; equal opportunity; gender; gender policy; education; curriculum; globalization
Classification Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Method applied research
Free Keywords equality; curiculum; global citizenship; education
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Cambridge
Page/Pages 17 p.
Series RECOUP Working Papers, 17
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works