1st Edition

World Yearbook of Education 2019 Comparative Methodology in the Era of Big Data and Global Networks

Edited By Radhika Gorur, Sam Sellar, Gita Steiner-Khamsi Copyright 2019
    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Digital methodologies, new forms of data visualization and computer-based learning and assessment are creating new challenges as well as opportunities for scholars in educational research. The World Yearbook of Education 2019 explores this highly relevant topic, opening a new discussion about the various conceptual and methodological challenges and opportunities in contemporary educational research.

    This volume explores contemporary methods of inquiry, with chapters organized around four topics of enduring interest in this field: impacts, patterns, relations and contexts.

    The World Yearbook of Education 2019 comprises contributions from internationally renowned scholars exploring novel concepts and methodologies in grappling with contemporary empirical phenomena in educational research. Vital questions such as how we understand the technological developments that are creating new possibilities for and demands on education, and how we make sense of complex cases that cut across multiple nations, are discussed.

    This newest addition to the prestigious World Yearbook of Education series provides a fascinating read for scholars in the fields of education policy and comparative education. It is not only a useful resource for educational researchers and policy makers examining new trends and emerging issues, but would be of interest to graduate students exploring innovative methodologies, particularly in the study of education and education policy.

    Chapter 1

    Big Data and Even Bigger Consequences

    Radhika Gorur

    Sam Sellar

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi

    Part 1 Impacts

    Randomized Control Trials: League Leader in the Hierarchy of Evidence?

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi

    Chapter 2

    The Strengths and Shortcomings of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs): Reflections from REAP’s Experiences in China

    Prashant Loyalka

    Chapter 3

    Randomized Control Trials: Limitations for Explaining and Improving Learning Outcomes

    Moses Oketch

    Part 2 Patterns

    In Search of Patterns: With Enough Data, Do the Numbers Speak for Themselves?

    Radhika Gorur

    Chapter 4

    Intimate Data Infrastructure: Emerging Comparative Methods of Predictive Analytics and Psycho-informatics

    Ben Williamson

    Chapter 5

    Politicized Data and Spatial Methods: Generating Understanding of Contemporary Educational Policy Environments and Interventions

    Christopher A. Lubinski

    Priya G. LaLonde

    Chapter 6

    Rethinking Cause and Effect: Analyzing Economic Growth and PISA Scores Over a Period of 15 Years

    Yariv Feniger

    Michael Atia

    Part 3 Relations

    Global Education Policy in Evolving Network Societies

    Sam Sellar

    Chapter 7

    The Value of Network Analysis for the Study of Global Education Policy: Key Concepts and Methods

    Francine Menashy

    Antoni Verger

    Chapter 8

    Cartographies of the Digital Governance of Education

    Paolo Landri

    Chapter 9

    Big Data and New Social Relations in Higher Education: Academia.edu, Google Scholar and ResearchGate

    Janja Komljenovic

    Part 4 Context

    Contextualizing "Context"

    Radhika Gorur

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi

    Chapter 10

    Comparing Platforms and the New Value Economy in the Academy

    Susan L. Robertson

    Chapter 11

    Rethinking the Concept of "Context" in Comparative Research

    Lesley Bartlett

    Frances Vavrus

    Chapter 12

    Making and mobilizing contexts in policy and research

    Nelli Piattoeva

    Anni Klutasa

    Olli Suominen


    Radhika Gorur is Senior Lecturer, Deakin University, Australia, and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies.

    Sam Sellar is Reader in Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies.

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.