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Comparative Education Research

Approaches and Methods

Bray, Mark, Adamson, Bob, Mason, Mark (Eds.)



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  • Focuses systematically on comparative education research methods like no other book has done
  • Considers issues and challenges associated with research involving many different units of comparison: place, systems, time, cultures, etc.

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.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Comparative Education - Comparative Education Research Methodology - Educational research - Research methodology - Social science research - education - learning

Related subjects » Education & Language - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

List of Tables.- List of Figures.- Abbreviations.- Foreword, Anne HICKLING-HUDSON.- Introduction, Mark BRAY, Bob ADAMSON & Mark MASON.- I: DIRECTIONS.- 1. Actors and Purposes in Comparative Education, Mark BRAY.- 2. Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Comparative Education, Gregory P. FAIRBROTHER.- 3. The Place of Experience in Comparative Education Research, Patricia POTTS.- II: UNITS OF COMPARISON.- 4. Comparing Places, Maria MANZON.- 5. Comparing Systems, Mark BRAY & JIANG Kai.- 6. Comparing Times, Anthony SWEETING.- 7. Comparing Cultures, Mark MASON.- 8. Comparing Values, LEE Wing-On.- 9. Comparing Educational Achievements, T. Neville POSTLETHWAITE & Frederick LEUNG.- 10. Comparing Policies, YANG Rui.- 11. Comparing Curricula, Bob ADAMSON & Paul MORRIS.- 12. Comparing Educational Organisations, Clive DIMMOCK.- 13. Comparing Ways of Learning, David A. WATKINS.- 14. Comparing Pedagogical Innovations, Nancy LAW.- III: CONCLUSIONS.- 15. Scholarly Enquiry and the Field of Comparative Education, Mark BRAY.- 16. Different Models, Different Emphases, Different Insights, Mark BRAY, Bob ADAMSON & Mark MASON.- Contributors.- Bibliography.- Index.

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