Entre la fe y la ciencia: La teoría de la cultura mundial y la educación comparada

Translated title of the contribution: Between faith and science: World culture theory and comparative education

Stephen Carney, Jeremy Rappleye, Iveta Silova

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World culture theory seeks to explain the apparent educational convergence through a neoinstitutionalist lens, seeing global rationalization in education as driven by the logic of science and the myth of progress. While critics have challenged these assumptions by focusing on local manifestations of world-level tendencies, such critique is comfortably accommodated within world culture theory. We approach the debate from a fresh perspective by examining its ideological foundations. We also highlight its shift from notions of myth and enactment toward advocacy for particular models, and we show that world culture theory can become normative, while obscuring our view of policy convergence. Finally, we critique the methods and evidence in world culture research. We argue that such research, while failing to support its own claims, actually produces world culture, as its assumptions and parameters create the very image of consensus and homogeneity that world culture theorists expect scholars to accept ? in faith ? as empirically grounded.

Translated title of the contributionBetween faith and science: World culture theory and comparative education
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)243-267
Number of pages25
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ideology
  • Neo-institutionalism
  • Neo-liberalism
  • World culture theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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