, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 421–429 | Cite as

Context matters in educational research and international development: Learning from the small states experience

  • Michael CrossleyEmail author


The article argues that greater attention should be paid to contextual factors in educational research and international development cooperation. The analysis draws upon principles that underpin socio-cultural approaches to comparative education, a critical analysis of the political economy of contemporary educational research, and recent research experience in small states worldwide.


Comparative education Context Research capacity building Research paradigms Small states 



My thanks go to Terra Sprague (University of Bristol) for helpful feedback and support in the finalization of this article.


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  1. 1.Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies, Graduate School of EducationUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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