Redefining educational transfer and borrowing in the pluriverse

Byoung gyu Gong, Jieyu Jiang, Iveta Silova

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This chapter interrogates the global patterns of educational transfer rooted in the western transcendental worldview, offering non-western and decolonial alternatives for reimagining education transfer in the pluriverse. It begins by challenging the dominant concepts of universality and best practice, as well as the reliance on abstract theory over context, challenging dominant understanding of education transfer as predictable, linear, and unidirectional. It then introduces the concept of pluriversality as an alternative, urging a radical rethinking of the notions of relationality, context, and comparison in more interdependent ways in order to enable multiple worlds and worldviews to coexist on a non-hierarchical basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Comparative education
  • Decolonial theory
  • Education borrowing
  • Education transfer
  • International development
  • Pluriverse
  • Post-colonial theory
  • Spiritual/ontological options

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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