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Professor Geo-JaJa publishes a book on the effects of globalization on education systems

Macleans Geo-JaJa of the McKay School’s Educational Leadership and Foundations Department and Suzanne Majhanovich from the University of Western Ontario coauthored a book titled Effects of Globalization on Education Systems and Development: Debates and Issues.

Because education has become a primary means of globalization, Geo-JaJa and Majhanovich study how globalization has reshaped the educational debate in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

“This is an indispensible book for people who are desirous to understand and be knowledgeable in key background elements. . . to prevent world crises,” said Geo-JaJa. “It covers the increasing ‘third-worldization’ of vast parts of humanity . . . accompanied by social involution [that hinders] their development.”

When developing countries try to incorporate elements of universal education, national factors prevent them from instituting the needed policy changes. The book also reveals how education without human rights dismantles power at all levels of society. The authors note that without rights in education, developing countries are unlikely to widen their economic spaces, or help people help themselves, as suggested by David Ellerman in 2009. They additionally analyze the economic, social, and educational challenges these nations face in instituting universal education.

Geo-JaJa is a professor of economics and education in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, where he directs international research in rights in education, capabilities deprivation, and right to development. He is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow and a visiting research professor at Zhejiang Normal University, China.

He has just been appointed an advisory board member to the World Council of Comparative Education Society. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Nigerian Think Tank, and is on numerous journal editorial boards, including the editorial consulting board of the UNESCO International Review of Education.

Suzanne Majhanovich is a professor emerita/adjunct research professor at the University of Western Ontario. She is the first recipient of the David Wilson Legacy Award for Distinguished Service.

By Jake Taylor