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Inequality in Education

Comparative and International Perspectives

Holsinger, Donald B., Jacob, W. James (Eds.)

2009, XXVI, 584 p.

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  • Editors highly renowned scholars who have widely published in the area
  • Addresses a timely topic and will significantly add to the comparative, international, and development education literature
  • Examines the importance of social justice issues in international education

Inequality in Education: Comparative and International Perspectives is a compilation of conceptual chapters and national case studies that includes a series of methods for measuring education inequalities. The book provides up-to-date scholarly research on global trends in the distribution of formal schooling in national populations. It also offers a strategic comparative and international education policy statement on recent shifts in education inequality, and new approaches to explore, develop and improve comparative education and policy research globally. Contributing authors examine how education as a process interacts with government finance policy to form patterns of access to education services. In addition to case perspectives from 18 countries across six geographic regions, the volume includes six conceptual chapters on topics that influence education inequality, such as gender, disability, language and economics, and a summary chapter that presents new evidence on the pernicious consequences of inequality in the distribution of education. The book offers (1) a better and more holistic understanding of ways to measure education inequalities; and (2) strategies for facing the challenge of inequality in education in the processes of policy formation, planning and implementation at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Diversity - Europe - Governance - education - education inequality - education policy - equality - equity - higher education - international development education - quality - school - social justice

Related subjects » Development Economics - Education & Language - Higher Education

Table of contents 

List of Tables List of Figures List of Acronyms Series Editor’s Foreword Introduction 1. Inequality in Education: A Critical Analysis W. James JACOB & Donald B. HOLSINGER Part I – Conceptual Issues 2. Distribution of Opportunities Key to Development Vinod THOMAS & WANG Yan 3. Does Capitalism Inevitably Increase Inequality? David HILL, Nigel M. GREAVES, & Alpesh MAISURIA 4. Education and Inequality in the Developing World WU Kin Bin 5. Gender Inequalities in Educational Participation Karen E. HYER, Bonnie BALLIF-SPANVILL, Susan J. PETERS, Yodit SOLOMON, Heather THOMAS, & Carol WARD 6. Inequalities in Education for People with Disabilities Susan J. PETERS 7. Language and Democracy in Africa Birgit BROCK-UTNE Part II – Asia 8. Reconstructing Access in the Cambodian Education System John M. COLLINS 9. Higher Education in China: Access, Equity, and Equality John N. HAWKINS, W. James JACOB, & LI Wenli 10. Using Enrollment and Attainment in Formal Education to Understand the Case of India Mary Ann MASLAK 11. Education Inequality in the Republic of Korea: Measurement and Causes Matthew E. BURT & PARK Namgi 12. Access and Equity: Who are the Students at Taiwan’s Top Universities? HUNG Chih-Cheng & CHENG Sheng Yao 13. Provincial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Education: A Descriptive Study of Vietnam W. Joshua REW Part III – Europe 14. Different Paths, Similar Effects: Persistent Inequalities and Their Sources in European Higher Education Cécile DEER 15. Religious Education and Islam in Europe Holger DAUN Part IV – Middle East & North Africa 16. Social Inequalities, Educational Attainment, and Teachers in Egypt Nagwa M. MEGAHED & Mark B.GINSBURG 17. Inequalities in Iranian Education: Representations of Gender, Socioeconomic Status, Ethnic Diversity, and Religious Diversity in School Textbooks and Curricula Omid KHEILTASH & Val D. RUST Part V – North & South America 18. Mexico: Evolution of Education and Inequality in the Last Two Decades Gladys LOPEZ-ACEVEDO 19. Issues of Difference Contributing to US Educational Inequality Eric JOHNSON & Tyrone C. HOWARD 20. Measuring Educational Inequality in South Africa and Peru Luis CROUCH, Martin GUSTAFSSON, & Pablo LAVADO 21. Participation of Civil Society in School Governance: Comparative Research of Institutional Designs in Nicaragua and Brazil Silvina GVIRTZ & Lucila MINVIELLE Part VI – Sub-Saharan Africa 22. The History and Devolution of Education in South Africa Christopher B. MEEK & Joshua Y. MEEK 23. Measuring Education Inequalities in Commonwealth Countries in Africa Elaine UNTERHALTER & Mora OOMME Conclusion 24. Education Inequality and Academic Achievement Donald B. HOLSINGER & W. James JACOB Notes on the Authors Index

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