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Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education

Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education by David R. Cole
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This volume is the first major production of the globalisation research strand of the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. This book makes a significant contribution to the theory of and research in globalisation and education, and tackles the topics of superdiversity and supercomplexity. The book’s thesis is that the effects of globalisation on education can only be understood if the specific yet complex conditions of globalisation in education are investigated. The book takes an international approach to understanding globalisation and does not restrict itself to just one methodological or theoretical plane of investigation.

Education is one ofthese frontline domains in which the effects of superdiversity cannot bedismissed, minimized or denied. The continuously increasing complexity oflearning environments is raising critical issues at every level, fromdescription over analysis to theoretical generalization, and this book is afirst and fruitful attempt at charting these waters. 

This pioneering book will remaina key text for many years to come.

Jan Bloomaert

Professor of Language,Culture and Globalization and Director of the Babylon Center

Tilburg University,the Netherlands.


This provocativecollection works from two premises:  thattoday there is superdiversity in our globalised world and related is asupercomplexity of theoretical and methodological approaches.  The collection proffers multifariouschallenges for educational theory, research and practice in working with,through and across these two premises.

As such, SuperDimensions in Globalisation and Education is essential reading for all educational researchers, whatever theirinterests or location.

Professor Bob Lingard

The University ofQueensland, Australia.


This is a highlyimaginative book that stops ‘flat earth’ and convergence arguments dead intheir tracks. Its genius is to bringsuper-complexity and super-diversity into a conversation with each other andwith education, and in doing so shed light on the numerous and unexpectedways in which global processes are shaping education in revealing andcompelling ways.  

Any scholar concerned with globalisation andeducation will find Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education a’ musthave’ on their reading list


Professor Susan Robertson

Director of the Centrefor Globalisation, Education and Social Futures

University of Bristol,UK.


This is an absorbingand compelling collection. It takes readers on a kaleidoscopic journey throughvarious intricate expressions of the nexus between globalisation andeducation.  And it offers multiple waysthat such expressions can be thought and rethought. In transcending conventional categorisations it invites educators to doso too.


Professor Jane Kenway,

AustralianProfessorial Fellow – Australian Research Council,

Education Faculty,Monash University, Australia.

Springer Singapore; February 2016
260 pages; ISBN 9789811003127
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Title: Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education
Author: David R. Cole; Christine Woodrow
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