Comparative Education Research

Approaches and Methods

  • Mark Bray
  • Bob Adamson
  • Mark Mason

Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Directions

  3. Units of Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Maria Manzon
      Pages 85-121
    3. Mark Bray, Jiang Kai
      Pages 123-144
    4. Anthony Sweeting
      Pages 145-163
    5. Mark Mason
      Pages 165-196
    6. Lee Wing-On
      Pages 197-214
    7. T. Neville Postlethwaite, Frederick Leung
      Pages 215-239
    8. Yang Rui
      Pages 241-262
    9. Bob Adamson, Paul Morris
      Pages 263-282
    10. Clive Dimmock
      Pages 283-298
    11. David A. Watkins
      Pages 299-313
    12. Nancy Law
      Pages 315-337
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Mark Bray, Bob Adamson, Mark Mason
      Pages 363-379
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 381-444

About this book


Approaches and methods in comparative education research are of obvious importance, but do not always receive adequate attention. This book contributes new insights within the longstanding traditions of the field.

A particular feature is the focus on different units of analysis. Individual chapters compare places, systems, times, cultures, values, policies, curricula and other units. These chapters are contextualised within broader analytical frameworks which identify the purposes and strengths of the field. The book includes a focus on intra-national as well as cross-national comparisons, and highlights the value of approaching themes from different angles. The book will be of great value not only to producers of comparative education research but also to consumers who wish to understand more thoroughly the parameters and value of the field.


Comparative Education Comparative Education Research Methodology Educational research Research methodology Social science research education learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Bray
    • 1
  • Bob Adamson
    • 2
  • Mark Mason
    • 3
  1. 1.UNESCOFrance
  2. 2.Hong Kong Institute of EducationTai PoChina
  3. 3.The University of Hong KongChina

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