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Society for International Education (SIE), Teachers College, Graduate School of Education, Columbia University, New York

Beyond North-South relations in EDUCATION: South-South Cooperation and tranSfer Deadline: February 22, 2007

The field of Comparative and International Education is currently witnessing a lively debate about the globalization of educational policies. Neo-institutionalists such as Meyer and Ramirez assert that globalization is real and causing educational convergence to occur, as evidenced by the fact that educational policies are becoming increasingly similar. More specifically, Bennett[1] contends that this convergence occurs through emulation, elite networking, harmonization and penetration. In contrast, educational policy scholars such as Schriewer and Steiner-Khamsi argue that globalization is imagined because global educational policies only appear to converge. According to Newmark,[2] in today’s globalizing world, where many nation-states share similar problems across various fields, it is becoming common for policies, innovations, ideologies, and information to spread from one entity to another.

More recently, scholars and practitioners have begun to turn their attention to the role of cooperation among developing countries. This new "South-South" modality differs from the traditional idea of North-South cooperation in that it refers to the process by which one developing country assists or supports development efforts in another developing country. Such support often entails the transfer of a policy model, policy idea, or even discourse or rhetoric from a "lender" to a "borrower" country. Indeed, public policy comparativists define policy transfer as "the process by which knowledge about policies, administrative arrangements, institutions and ideas in one political system (past or present) is used in the development of policies, administrative arrangements, institutions and ideas in another political system" (Dolowitz & Marsh, 2000, p. 344)[3].

In order to highlight the importance of these debates, the upcoming edition of the annual SIE journal will explore ways to bridge the gap between globalization studies, educational convergence, educational policy studies, international cooperation, and policy transfer, as addressed by comparative public policy. The 2007 issue of the SIE Journal is thus aimed at problematizing this debate and re-contextualizing it within the field of International Educational Development. This volume seeks submissions from graduate students working in the areas of globalization studies and South-South cooperation/transfer to address the following:

- What does South-South transfer and South-South cooperation mean for the field of education?

- Does educational policy cooperation among developing countries within the context of globalization and convergence lead to South-South educational policy transfer?

- Is South-South cooperation and transfer seen only as a technocratic tool and, if so, what does that mean in the field of education?

- Is there a difference between South-South cooperation and South-South transfer?

- What do empirical cases/examples of South-South transfer in education indicate? How can they be analyzed? What issues does this raise?

The call is open to all graduate students at Columbia University. Please direct questions and send manuscripts as attachments to:

Submission guidelines

Exploratory papers: 8-10 pages in length, including references and/or notes.

Case study / emperical research papers: 15-20 pages in length including references and/or notes.

All papers should be 12-point font, APA standard format, references, and double spaced. Name should appear only on the cover page. Cover sheet should include name, degree, school/department affiliation, and paper category.

[1] Bennett, C. (1991). What is policy convergence and what cause it? British Journal of Political, 21 (2), 215-233.

[2] Newmark, A, J. (2002). An integrated approach to policy transfer and diffusion. The review of Policy Research. 19, (2), 151-178

[3] Dolowitz, D., & Marsh, D. (1996). Who learns from whom: a review of the policy transfer literature Political Studies, XLIV: 343-57