The British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
The British society for the study of comparative education has shown flexibility, and readiness to adapt to contemporary developments, by a number of name changes over the decades. Initially it was the British Section of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE); then the British Comparative Education Society (BCES); the British Comparative and International Education Society (BCIES); and since 1997 the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). The British Section of CESE was represented in Ottawa, Canada, at the 1970 conference which led to the establishment of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), and the Council has received with equanimity its subsequent changes of designation.
This chapter documents the origins, history, rationale and activities of the British society. It explores the influence of key personnel and changing fortunes in the light of related shifts in the professional and intellectual context in recent decades. The history also shows how, in recent years, the society has contributed to a resurgence of interest in comparative and international research in education, to emergent trends in policy analysis, theory and methodology, and to creative and stimulating collaborations with related agencies including the WCCES itself.
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