Today this website is launching our new Research Collaborative page. Here education activists, students, teachers and researchers can freely access research on the global education 'reform' movement, resistance to it and the fight for an alternative. Already 17 researchers from around the world have made relevant articles and chapters available – either to download freely, or, in a few cases where there are copyright issues, via email.

The World Bank, in its capacity as the so-called Knowledge Bank, funds large quantities of research into education globally – particularly in the South. Much of this research supports and justifies the progress of neo-liberal 'reform', which is promoted by wealthy corporations, foundations and the World Bank itself. By this we mean the kind of 'reform', which is predicated on the logic of the free market – privatisation, cutbacks in state provision and managerial accountability measures like high stakes testing, performance related pay and temporary contracts. At teachersolidarity, we think it is time that an alternative body of research is collected together. Critical scholars are working hard in many parts of the world to understand the source, nature and consequences of the global education 'reform' movement, as well as to advocate and develop alternatives. Some are also looking at the resistance coming from local communities, education activists and teaching unions globally.

We hope that the collaborative will be a real contribution to global understanding of the struggle we are involved in. It is of course only a start. We hope that many more people will make their work available, especially from the global South. At present the vast majority of the articles are only available in English. However as the page develops and depending on the contributors, we hope to include more work in other languages as well.

Please go to the , see if the articles are able to throw light on aspects of the work you do in your own country, and if you have research which may be useful and can be made available to others from around the world, follow the links to find out how to go about sharing it.

 

We would like to acknowledge the work of Ben Polhill, who designed both teachersolidarity's new home page earlier this year, and now our new research collaborative page.