1st Edition

North American Scholars of Comparative Education Examining the Work and Influence of Notable 20th Century Comparativists

Edited By Erwin H. Epstein Copyright 2020
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 scholar’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.

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    List of Contributors


    Introduction: Unleashing the Power of Biographies to Shape a Narrative on Perspectives in Transition - 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 Leon 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 Paradise Kelly - Vandra Lea Masemann

    Chapter 12: Rolland G. Paulston - Brian Denman and W. James Jacob 

    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



    Erwin H. Epstein is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of numerous publications and was formerly president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and editor of the Comparative Education Review.

    "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

    "This text is of major importance as a contribution to understanding the history of comparative education and to sharpening contemporary debates. The book will go straight into the category of ‘unavoidable reading’ for specialists in comparative education. The volume will be a source of marvellous teaching material for bringing the field of study alive for students. Overall, the book can be warmly welcomed as a major contribution to our history and welcomed for its accounts of the careers of some distinguished comparative educationists."

    Robert Cowen, UCL, UK

    "Overall, this book produces an accurate picture of comparative education’s transition from a humanistic to a social scientific orientation, finally arriving at the new perspectives and methods of the late twentieth century. By exploring relevant biographical stories, the authors vividly illustrate each scholar’s contribution to each transition phase. Above all, this book is not only of interest to researchers in the comparative and international education field, but also to those keen to understand the modernisation of education internationally, which was largely promoted by the United States."

    Hongyan Chen, East China Normal University, reviewed in https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0046760X.2020.1760361