This book brings together fifteen comprehensive studies of significant North American scholars of comparative education from the 20th century. Providing relevant biographical detail, chapters analyse each figure’s approach to comparative education and their on-going influences on the field.
Comparative studies in education have long benefited from the work of significant individuals who have collectively advanced the field, making it a vibrant and intellectually fruitful area of educational research. Offering a unique, systematic exploration of the work of the founders of comparative educational research, North American Scholars of Comparative Education emphasizes the importance of understanding the accomplishments of key historical figures in the field, and considers the legacies such individuals have created. Chapters move beyond descriptions of comparativists’ work, to illustrate the pivotal role played by each scholar in driving a progression through humanistic and scientific approaches, to new epistemological traditions within the field of comparative education. This in turn, reveals critical historical-epistemological transitions which have had lasting impacts on the field.
Including contributions written by leading scholars in the field, this volume will be of great interest to researchers, academics and scholars in comparative and international education.
"Intellectual histories tell us about the past so as to enable us to think about the future. As the present role of education and its future is more doubtful than ever, teasing out the insights of the scholars covered in this volume will contribute to our overall understandings of the relations between education and society in different contexts."
Esther E. Gottlieb, The Ohio State University USA, Comparative and International Education Society Historian
List of Contributors
Introduction: Unleashing the Power of Biographies to Shape a Narrative on Comparativist Perspectives - Erwin H. Epstein
Part I- The Policy oriented humanistic tradition in comparative education
Chapter 1: John Dewey - Regina Cortina
Chapter 2: Paul Monroe - Liping Bu
Chapter 3: Isaac L. Kandel - J. Wesley Null
Chapter 4: William W. Brickman - Erwin H. Epstein
Chapter 5: George Z.F. Bereday - Justyna Wojniak and David Post
Part II- The social scientific tradition in comparative education
Chapter 6: C. Arnold Anderson - Erwin H. Epstein
Chapter 7: Phillip J. Foster - Stephen P. Heyneman
Chapter 8: Mary Jean Bowman - David N. Plank
Chapter 9: Donald K. Adams - John C. Weidman
Chapter 10: Joseph P. Farrell - Karen Mundy
Part III- New perspectives and methods in comparative education
Chapter 11: Gail P. Kelly - Vandra Lea Masemann
Chapter 12: Rolland G. Paulston - W. James Jacob & Brian Denman
Chapter 13: Heidi Ann Ross - Irving Epstein
Chapter 14: Gerald H. Read - Martha C. Merrill
Chapter 15: Claude Andrew Eggertsen - Robert F. Lawson
Conclusion: Harnessing Disparate Perspectives on Ways of Knowing for an Uncertain Future - Erwin H. Epstein
Selected Further Readings
Oxford Studies in Comparative Education explores a range of issues relevant to the field of comparative education. With a focus on innovative research of wide international interest, it brings together the work of established and emerging authors and researchers. The series comprises both edited volumes and single-authored books that explore the vibrant field of comparative education and will be of wide relevance to academics and students interested in comparative inquiry, its methods and its lessons.
Previously published by Symposium Books from 1991 to 2018, this long-established series has a history of publishing quality titles across a huge range of topics.