The King’s International Education Research Network (KIERN) explores key areas of international education.
The aim of the network is to bring together academics, researchers and research students across and beyond King’s to discuss critical questions about international education by means of an annual network meeting, a lecture series and a PhD programme.
The network is based in the School of Education, Communication and Society (ECS), which is at the forefront of global research agendas in international education and runs a highly successful MA in international education.
Research on international education at King’s considers historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological perspectives on education policy and practice in a global context.
Researchers in the network address questions of culture, communication, cognition, social justice, governance and ethics. Specific research interests include:
- national and supranational education policies in the context of globalisation
- comparative studies of assessment and teacher development
- the influence of international organisations on global education ideologies
- professional and vocational education
- global citizenship education
- the linguistic, social and political implications of English as a global lingua franca
- global language planning and policy.
KIERN is a growing network with members from across King’s as well as from the School of Advanced Studies (University of London), University College London, University of Oxford and University of Worcester. The network is always open to new members. Please get in touch with Professor Beatrice Szczepek Reed if you would like to join.