Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Tanya Fitzgerald
    Pages 1-10
  3. Foundations and Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Daniel Tröhler
      Pages 13-28
    3. Daniel Tröhler, Rebekka Horlacher
      Pages 29-45
    4. Renata Horvatek, David P. Baker
      Pages 65-83
    5. Lynn Fendler
      Pages 85-101
    6. Nancy Lesko, Sarah Gerth van den Berg
      Pages 103-117
    7. Inés Dussel
      Pages 137-152
    8. Thomas S. Popkewitz
      Pages 153-169
  4. Schools as Contested Sites: Research in the Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Tom O’Donoghue
      Pages 173-185
    3. Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Carlos Martínez Valle
      Pages 187-203
    4. Thomas Walsh
      Pages 205-223
    5. Susannah Wright
      Pages 225-241
    6. Jane McDermid
      Pages 243-258
    7. Joost J. Coté
      Pages 259-276
    8. Howard Lee, Gregory Lee
      Pages 277-295

About this book


This book offers an in‐depth historiographical and comparative analysis of prominent theoretical and methodological debates in the field. Across each of the sections, contributors will draw on specific case studies to illustrate the origins, debates and tensions in the field and overview new trends, directions and developments. Each section includes an introduction that provides an overview of the theme and the overall emphasis within the section. In addition, each section has a concluding chapter that offers a critical and comparative analysis of the national case studies presented. As a Handbook, the emphasis is on deeper consideration of key issues rather than a more superficial and broader sweep. The book offers researchers, postgraduate and higher degree students as well as those teaching in this field a definitive text that identifies and debates key historiographical and methodological issues. The intent is to encourage comparative historiographical perspectives of the nominated issues that overview the main theoretical and methodological debates and to propose new directions for the field.


Historiography Comparative History Educational reform and social change Historical Methodology Comparative History Religion and education Development of teaching Social sciences education

Editors and affiliations

  • Tanya Fitzgerald
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

About the editors

Tanya Fitzgerald is Professor of Higher Education and Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia. She has an extensive record of leadership, research, and teaching in universities in New Zealand, England, and Australia. Tanya’s research interests span the history of women’s higher education and higher education policy and leadership. She serves on a number of international editorial boards and has been editor of History of Education Review (2002–2012) and Journal of Educational Administration and History (2007–2017, with Helen M Gunter, University of Manchester). Forthcoming guest editorships include Pedagogica Historica (with Simonetta Polenghi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) and Irish Educational Studies (with Judith Harford, University College, Dublin and Pat O’Connor, University of Limerick). In addition, Tanya is Series Editor of Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education (Bloomsbury Academic, with Jon Nixon and Helen M Gunter). Prior to July 2019, Tanya was Research Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne.



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