Documenting major intellectual and paradigmatic changes in the field of comparative education in the light of the history and development of the journal Comparative Education, this book compiles a selection of articles from forty years of the journal’s distinguished history. It illustrates how changing times have been reflected in the nature and quality of published comparative research.
Contributors explore the impact of key issues such as marketisation, accountability and globalisation upon policy and practice world-wide. They explore how new challenges faced by the social sciences have seen shifts in the contexts, issues and priorities attended to by comparatives and how different approaches to comparative education have influenced the intellectual and professional identities and positioning of those involved.
Bridging theoretically oriented scholarship with empirically grounded research relating to issues of policy and practice and with chapters addressing questions of relevance throughout the world, this book is an invaluable resource of ideas and stimuli for further thinking and research.
Introduction. Forty years of Comparative Education: Changing Contexts, Issues and Identities 1. Editorial 2. The Purpose of Comparative Education 3. Comparative Education Research and Development Education 4. Case Study in Comparative Education: particularity and generalisation 5. Changing Patterns of Educational Accountability in England and France 6. The Role of African Universities in National Development: a critical analysis 7. The American Perception of Japanese Education 8. Education in the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus’ and Russia 9. Learning and Working: elements of the diploma disease thesis examined in England and Malaysia 10. Last Past the Post: comparative education, modernity and perhaps post-modernity 11. Continuing Education in a Late-modern or Global Society: towards a theoretical framework for comparative analysis 12. Education and Colonial Transition in Singapore and Hong Kong: comparisons and contrasts 13. The Institutionalisation of Gender and its Impact on Educational Policy 14. Big Policies/Small World: an introduction to international perspectives in educational policy 15. Globalisation and Internationalism: democratic prospects for world education 16. Bridging Cultures and Traditions in the Reconceptualisation of Comparative and International Education 17. Globalisation and Education in the Postcolonial World: towards a conceptual framework 18. Comparing Neo-liberal Projects and Inequality in Education 19. Comparative Education in Greater China: contexts, characteristics, contrasts and contributions 20. Comparative Research in Education: a mode of governance or a historical journey? 21. Processes of Policy Borrowing in Education: some explanatory and analytical devices 22. Debating Globalisation and Education After September 11