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International Handbook of Comparative Education

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  • © 2009


  • Unique in terms of scholarly coverage and relevance
  • Consolidates the major themes of comparative education of the thirty years
  • Opens up current cutting edge themes and the ways in which comparative educationists are thinking about neo-liberalism, market and religious fundamentalisms, knowledge societies, postmodernity and post-colonialism
  • Moves forward to anticipate new directions of thought in comparative education

Part of the book series: Springer International Handbooks of Education (SIHE, volume 22)

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Table of contents (80 chapters)


About this book

A big project like this Handbook means that you incur debts, and not only to your authors and your publisher. As editors we, along with our colleague Elaine Unterhalter who edited the section on postcolonialism, would like to thank most warmly those authors who delivered on time, and who did not fuss but just got on and did a ? r- rate job. We would also like to thank all authors who did deliver – which was almost everyone we asked. We know that some of our authors worked in very dif? cult private circumstances as they were ? nishing their chapters and we hope the publication of the Volumes will, later, be for them a happy reminder of dif? culties and disasters overcome. The only sad theme is that some very close colleagues, with whom we were wo- ing and for whom we had the greatest respect and liking, became very ill (and died) while the volumes were being prepared. We decided to ask for copyright permissions to publish something of theirs. These permissions were graciously given by two major journals and with the agreement also of our publishers Springer, Rolland Paulston and Terry McLaughlin have examples of their writing in this Handbook.


From the reviews:

“It is … weighty in a conceptual sense and adds significantly to the field of comparative education.  The editors are distinguished figures in the field … . They have assembled a wide range of contributors including many well-known authors; and their Handbook has both breadth and depth. … the Handbook indeed achieves its goal of assessing the past and present of the field, and of suggesting future directions. It will serve as a lasting benchmark and reference, both for individual chapters and in its entirety.” (Mark Bray, International Review of Education, Vol. 57 (1-2), April, 2011)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK

    Robert Cowen

  • Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA

    Andreas M. Kazamias

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