Centre for Global Studies in Education News

March 2018 - Michael Peters' TEDx Ruakura 2017 - 'The Evolution of Truth'.

Technological Unemployment

Click here to read more in the recent CGSE report.

Latest edition of the Global Edition: University World News is out

Check out the latest edition of the University World News. This online newsletter highlights for readers many of the important issues in the global tertiary education sector. This weeks articles explore issues such as the future of world class universities in todays market and the lack of equitable access to tertiary study along with a wrap up of the news from around the world.

United Nations General Assembly to to adopt post 2015 development agenda

In the coming weekend the United Nations General Assembly will formally adopt what has been described as the 'post 2015 development agenda' this new agenda following on from the Millennium Development Goals (MGD's) which will expire at the end of this year launch the beginning of a more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) which will continue to support the global effort to fight poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. For more details on this please click here for more details on this from Caroline Heilder, Director General and Senior Vice President, Evaluation, World Bank Group, in her blog at the Huff Post dated 25th September 2015

New book launched for CGSE Acting Director Associate Professor Jayne White

Jaynes book cover

The Centre for Global Studies in Education would like to congratulate Acting Director Associate Professor Jayne White on the recent launch of her new book "Introducing dialogic pedagogy: Bakhtinian provocations for the early years".

Jayne's work has a particular emphasis on early years pedagogy and Bahktinian philosophy, along with various aspects of teaching and learning which spans the domains of infant and toddler education, educational philosophy, play & creativity, democracy, environmental education, classroom education, assessment and evaluation. Please follow this link for details on how to publish this book.

Global Edition: University World News

Check out the latest edition of the University World News. This online newsletter highlights for readers many of the important issues in the global tertiary education sector. This weeks articles explore issues such as the American use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" & the role played by the American Physiological Association, the role of higher education in reinforcing inequality along with a wrap-up of national news stories.  You can also register free to receive the newsletter free and directly to you each week.

United Nations: 15-year push ends extreme poverty for a billion people

In a recently reported article from the UK Guardian, link here for full article, it has been announced by the United Nations (UN) that the UN millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven "the most successful anti-poverty movement in history" bringing more than a billion people out of extreme poverty. Despite this it has been pointed out by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, that while the 15-year push to meet the eight goals (poverty reduction, improving education, promoting gender equity, lowering child morality, improving maternal health, disease reduction, the environment and global partnership) has been successful there are many more people who are still living in extreme property.

While the work of the Millennium Development Goals comes to an end in December 2015 the work will be continued and expanded by a series of Sustainable Development Goals. Recently reported in the NZ herald, click here for the full article, the 17 new goals, which aim to end extreme poverty by 2030, draw heavily on lessons learnt from the past 15 years and the work on the Millennium goals.

Auckland's great big melting pot

Auckland night waterfront

In an interesting article from Cherie Howie, published in the latest Herald on Sunday, reports form the 2013 Census figures have shown a further proof of the growing rate of diversity in Auckland. The 2013 census has reported that while English is still the most-spoken language in every Auckland local board area the ever-increasing diversity across wider Auckland has meant that the second-most-common language changes depending on the demographics. To follow up on this article click here.

Tax dodging by big firms 'robs poor countries of billions of dollars a year'

A recent report published by the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (Icrict) report initiated by a coalition charities and other organisations, argues that globalisation has rendered the century-old global tax system obsolete as more and more companies trade within related corporate structures. To read more of the guardian article click here or to go to the Icrict site please click here.

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrips global public spending on healthcare

A report by Damian Carrington, posted 3rd June 2015, has highlighted the alarming discovery that fossil fuel companies are benefiting from huge global subsidies of several billion $US a year according to an estimate from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF described the findings as shocking and highlighted that the subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health sending for all the world governments. Follow this link to read more about the article

E-Consultation with Children and Young Children

IT IS OUT! - Zero Draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda has just been released publicly and they are looking for submissions from children and young adults on 5 questions about the document. You can access the question by clicking here. In sharing their voice this opportunity will support children and young people to get involved in international policy setting.

Centre for Global Studies in Education hold successful Book Launch

The Centre for Global Studies in Education successfully launched two books last week. Both books, recent publications developed through the the centre and published by Peter Lang New York, have proved to be popular. The first book Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy edited by Michael A. Peters & Tina Besley followed on from the conference of the same name. With a forward from Nita Freire and chapter's by keynotes Peter McLaren, Antonia Darder, Peter Roberts, Russell Bishop & Graham Hingangaroa Smith this 36 chapter book has been well received. The second book launched The Global Financial Crisis and Educational Restructuring edited by Michael A. Peters, Tina Besley & João M. Paraskeva, is a highly topical, interdisciplinary book of 15 chapters including work by internationally acclaimed Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zižek. for more information on the books click here for the publishers details for Paulo Freire: the Global Legacy and here for The Global Financial Crisis and Educational Restructuring.

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New report finds 38 Million Homeless In 'Worst' Forced Displacement In A Generation

A recent report published in on internally displaced persons has found that at least 38 million people world-wide have been forced from their homes by violence or armed conflict. Of this number 11 million were displaced in 2014 alone, suppered by on-going violence in Syria, South Sudan and Iraq. For the rest of the article click here.

Is the growth of elite world-class universities fuelling inequality?

This report by Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK, published in the University World News highlights the growing level of inequality in access in the modern university.


For a More Creative Brain, Travel


Follow the links below to see how international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking. We know that living in another country will come with new friends, new experiences, new stories but now scientists report some less noticeable benefits as some claim it can also make you more creative.

Centre Director Professor Tina Besley awarded the title of Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

CGSE is very happy to announce that at the 2014 PESA conference our own Director, Professor Tina Besley was honoured with the title Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. The title has been awarded for Professor Besley's long record of contributions to both PESA and the field of Educational Philosophy. Given out only 18 times in the history of the society this honour reflects Professor Besley's dedication to educational philosophy and the increasingly important area of global studies.

Tina Fellowship flowers

Join the protests for human rights in Mexico

Protests are increasing in intensity across Mexico resulting from the kidnapping and murder of 43 student teachers from the Southwestern town of Iguala. Although the bodies of the missing student teachers have yet to be formally identified this has highlighted the issues of both national and local Government corruption and the high rate of human rights abuses in the country. Link here to see "What's happing in Mexico' a short clip which outlines the reality for many in Mexico today. This clip also outlines what we can do to support the call for international pressure to be placed on the Mexican Government.

New Reports on the state of equity and fairness in New Zealand

Two major reports on the state of equity and fairness in New Zealand have been released recently leading to a flood of concerned news reports. The recent Unicef report Children and the Recession identified that, despite the government reporting an improvement in the nations economic status, New Zealand's child poverty rates have come down by less than half a per cent since 2008. Further the report showed that three out of the four well-being indicators in New Zealand - food insecurity, overall satisfaction with life, and opinions on whether children have an opportunity to learn and grow actually worsened between 2007 and 2013.

Also recently released is the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2014 which shows New Zealand level of gender equity has dropped in global rankings from seventh last year to 13th in the 2014 report. The major drop in equity arising from our decreasing level of economic participation and opportunity levels for women and on the worsening low rates of pay in female dominated occupations.

Could these issues be linked? Is the increasingly low paid female work force adding to the deplorable rates of child poverty in New Zealand? Follow these links to these reports and the recent EPAT special edition journal for further information.

Click here to link to the Unicef report Children of the Recession and here for the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2014 and here to access the EPAT special edition journal Children in Crisis: Child Poverty, Education and Social Justice, Volume 46, Issue 9

Never Cross Your Feet in Japan

From placing your chopsticks the wrong way to showing the soles of your feet cultural norms can influence how relationships develop. Outlined in a recent article from Gayle Bryant of the Sydney Morning Herald are a number of cultural norms that differ between western and a broad variety of East Asian communities that can cause communication difficulties for both business people and educators alike.

Bryant in describing six culturally responsive areas highlights how a little thought and education can support the development of lasting and productive relationships.

Click here to link to the article on Stuff.

What's possible: The U.N. Climate Summit Opening Film

Those interested in global issues should watch this inspirational short film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, presented to world leaders at the United Nations as Climate Summit in New York. Highlighting that climate change is solvable this film calls for governments to act now to make the world sustainable, clean and livable for all people.

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After watching the film take some time to look further down the page to see the ways you can take action.

New journal launched Open Review of Educational Research edited by Professor Michael A. Peters.

The Centre for Global Studies in Education are pleased to share the launch of Open Review of Educational Research, a new Routledge Education peer-reviewed open access journal, edited by Professor Michael A. Peters. This will be the only multidisciplinary Open Access journal from Routledge and welcomes papers underpinned by an approach that is committed to openness in education and research. You can find information about the new journal and an interview with Professor Peters hereNow available the EPAT special edition journal "Children in Crisis: Child Poverty, Education and Social Justice", Volume 46, Issue 9

Resulting from the CGSE's 2013 Children in crisis conference this  journal, which can be found here, highlights the precarious situation for far too many New Zealand children.

Currently there is free access to the the journals introduction by the Centre for Global Studies in Education's own Professor's Tina Besley and Michael Peters, which explores issues of poverty, education and globalism, and a hard-hitting article by Professor Jonathan Boston. Boston's article explores the evidence available concerning the nature, magnitude, causes and consequences of child poverty in New Zealand and considers why such substantial rates of childhood poverty have been accepted for so long.

Professor Michael Peters National Radio Interview

Professor Michael Peters

Follow the link below to hear Professor Michael Peter's National Radio discussion about the New Zealand bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. Interviewed by Wayne Brittendon on his show Counterpoint, on the National Radio of New Zealand, Professor Peters shared his thought provoking view on New Zealand's potential role as a voice for peace on the UN Security Council.

Originally aired on Sunday 31st August 2014, you can hear the podcast here.

Special Issue of Policy Futures in Education: Islam and the End of European Multiculturalism?

Edited by Michael Peters and Tina Besley, this issue explores a range of viewpoints within this very topical theme.

The journal is open access and this issue is now available here.

Launch of the Centre for Global Studies in Education

Cheryl Stephens, Tina Besley, Michael Peters

Pictured: Professor Michael Peters, Cheryl Stephens (Te Whare Wanaga o Awanuiarangi) and Professor Tina Besley

On the 4th of April, the University of Waikato officially launched the Centre for Global Studies in Education - the first of its type in New Zealand. Speakers included Cheryl Stephens of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (pictured), who spoke about the relationship between the Centre and the Wananga. Further, the Dean of Education at Waikato, Professor Roger Moltzen, spoke about the staff associated with the Centre and the hard work contributed to attain the opening and success of the Centre and the conferences and seminars associated with it. Associate Dean of the School of Social Science Dr Tracy Bowell, also made a speech, regarding what the Centre can contribute to the University. Finally, Centre for Global Studies in Education Director Professor Tina Besley talked about the plans for the Centre to become interdisciplinary, building on the university's international academic network.

Also in attendance were the DVC Professor Alister Jones, Assistant VC Anna Bounds, Associate Professor Bronwen Cowie (WMIER), and Centre for Global Studies in Education Associates Jayne White and Carl Mika, among other esteemed Waikato staff members.

Find more information here.


Watch our full interviews below. Also available on our YouTube channel.

Michael Peters discussing Wittenstein and Education