1991．第6卷（Vol. 6）．pp. 115
The World’s Evolving Political Economy and the Emerging Globalization of Education: A Set of Extrapolations, Interpolations, and Predictions Regarding the Likely Future Internationalization of Education Policy
James W. GUTHRIE
Throughout the industrialized world, governments are seeking effective policies for enhancing economic productivity through education, employing economic incentives to promote the productivity of schooling, and searching for additional resources to meet increasing demands for education.
Policy priorities and pedagogical practicalities presently differ among nations and groups of nations and they assuredly will continue to do so. Nevertheless, as the purposes of education are becoming economically more determined, the policies which guide pedagogy will likely become increasingly more predictable. The result, at least in Western Bloc nations, may well be a remarkable international convergence among many of the systemic components of schooling, both higher and lower education.
The purpose of this essay is to (1) describe the economic dynamics propelling education policy reform internationally, (2) suggest the probable nature of future higher and lower education system commonalties, (3) analyze the connection between these convergent education components and economic productivity, and (4) speculate regarding the consequences of these changes for professional educators.