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Understanding educational transfer: theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks

Abstract

Educational transfer is an important and growing body of literature in the field of comparative education. Work from the last decade has focused on the stages of the borrowing cycle, and the context, causes and rationales for education borrowing. This recent work has contributed to earlier research on the role of multilateral organizations in education development and transfer. Rather than reviewing in comprehensive detail the substance, agents or mechanisms of educational transfer, this paper provides an overview of the field’s main theoretical lenses and conceptual frameworks, focusing on the stages, processes and forms of educational transfer. Throughout the paper we link related literature from disciplines other than education to account for education policy changes. The paper concludes with a discussion of future lines of research on educational transfer.

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Perry, L.B., Tor, G. Understanding educational transfer: theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks. Prospects 38, 509–526 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11125-009-9092-3

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Keywords

  • Educational transfer
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Conceptual frameworks