Comparative and International Education: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice

Comparative and International Education: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice

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By (author) David Phillips, By (author) Michele Schweisfurth, Foreword by Erwin H. Epstein

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 14mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 20 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847060595
  • ISBN 13: 9781847060594
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 246,614

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This is a new affordable paperback combining introductory coverage of both 'comparative' and 'international' education for Masters and PhD students.With a foreword by Professor Erwin H. Epstein, a unique introduction to this important field, providing a comprehensive overview of the key themes, including: defining comparative and international education; how comparative studies in education have developed; methodological approaches to comparative and international education research; the relationship between education and national development; the power of comparative studies in investigating student achievement and school effectiveness; and, what comparative studies have taught us about educational issues such as policy borrowing, processes of transition, post-conflict education, education in small states, pedagogy, and citizenship.

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David Phillips is Professor of Comparative Education and Fellow of St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford, UK. He has written widely on issues in comparative education, with a focus on education in Germany and on educational policy borrowing. He was for twenty years Editor of the Oxford Review of Education and serves on editorial boards of various journals, including Comparative Education. Dr Michele Schweisfurth is Senior Lecturer in International Education and Director of the Centre for International Education and Research, University of Birmingham.

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"'This latest publication not only testifies that the tradition for good course books is still strong and vivid. It also testifies that the special art to write in such a way that repeated readings continuously reveal new aspects of the subject matter has been achieved... It is a pleasure to recommend the book as course book for courses in comparative education outside the English speaking world.' Thyge Winther-Jensen"

Table of contents

Foreword by Erwin H. Epstein; Introduction; 1. Making comparisons; 2. How comparative education has developed; 3. Domains of practice and fields of inquiry in international education; 4. Education and national development: An introduction to key ideas and questions; 5. Comparative education: Method; 6. Researching education and development: Perspectives, practicalities, and ethics; 7. Comparative education research: Survey outcomes and their uses; 8. Outcomes of comparative education: Selected themes Conclusions; References.