Cultural Contexts of Education

Cross-cultural exploration of the purpose of education, who it's for, and who owns knowledge


The “Cultural Contexts of Education” (EDUC 710: Educational Studies in Context) course focuses on a cross-cultural exploration of keys overarching concepts of education including: what is the purpose of education? who is education for? and who own’s knowledge? Included as essential to the guest lectures, class facilitations, discussions, and student informed debates are addressing major issues within (in)formal education such as the importance of access, diversity, and equity.

This PhD course is a required course in the PhD in Educational Leadership in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. We have been fortunate to have a wide range of guest lecturers with specialties ranging from African-American education, bullying, curriculum and pedagogy, First Nations education in Canada, Montessori education, and Freireian and emancipatory education.

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