Journal of the Master's Programme in Education and Globalisation

The Master’s Programme in Education and Globalisation (EdGlo) at the University of Oulu has a unique orientation programme. We participate in introductory lectures for the whole faculty, getting to know the different research groups and reading some of the research produced through the Faculty of Education and Psychology.

Then, Education and Globalisation completes orientation studies in a separate orientation course, strengthening the cohort aspect of our programme and giving us the opportunity to create a strong international EdGlo community.
An artwork

Our 2020 Cohort

In 2020-2021, the Education and Globalisation cohort with the support of their omaopettaja or “tutor teacher” Audrey Paradis, chose to take the orientation course in a new direction by writing and producing the first EdGlo journal. This was published through a journal website as well as in Jultika where publications and theses produced at the University of Oulu are located.

My entering class, EdGlo 2021-2022, now in our second year, was inspired by the work of the previous cohort and followed in their footsteps. For the journal's second edition, we asked for contributions from past EdGlo students, the Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) organisation, EdGlo faculty, and EdGlo 2021 students.

Production System

In the process of creating a journal and website, each of us had the chance to be part of one or more committees, each working on a distinct aspect of the journal. I participated as an article writer and on the design team. The journal also included an editing team, proofreading team, social media team, and external content team.

Our work began in class with the whole EdGlo 2021 cohort, where we agreed on a journal theme. The 2020-2021 cohort’s journal was “Privilege in the Educational Context,” and after some discussion we decided to focus on the structural elements of educational systems with the theme “Education Beyond Hegemonic Structures”. From here, the editing and external content teams worked to contact outside contributors to the journal and to further define the theme and goals of the journal. Next, the social media team and design team worked to create artwork around the theme and the articles, and share our progress online for instance on our Instagram page.

Writers then submitted articles to the proofreading team, and then a corrected version to the editing team. Finally, the design team combined the various teams’ work into a PDF journal and website.

My experience

I found that working on my article, The Non-Governmental Hegemonic Structure Complex, helped me to tie together discussions from all the other EdGlo courses. As part of the journal’s design team, I asked for art contributions for the PDF, coordinated with the rest of the team and cohort a journal cover, and worked to put the articles, backgrounds, and art together into a final product. The website group in the design team worked to format the articles and other art to make it fit the website, including access to the previous year’s journal and website.

Creating the EdGlo journal and participating in multiple teams helped me to feel part of a community, not only in our entering year but also with past EdGlo students and outside contributors. Moreover, publishing work through Jultika in our first year of the master’s gives me a boost of confidence towards writing and publishing my thesis at the end of my degree.

Art from the EdGlo Journal 2021-2022, by Mairead Howley, Veera Vainionperä-Torres Villa, and Maria Duque, used with artists’ permission.

About the author

Mairead is a second-year student in the Education and Globalisation master’s program and hails from Minnesota in the United States. Outside of her studies, she enjoys travelling and hanging out with friends, biking around Oulu, making food, and hunting for the Aurora.