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Education Systems in Historical, Cultural, and Sociological Perspectives

Tröhler, Daniel, Barbu, Ragnhild (Eds.)

2011, VIII, 183p.


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For nearly half a century, research on education systems has been increasingly popular. However, this popularity was long restricted primarily to internationally linked policy makers and education planners, often backed up by international organizations such the OECD but also by governmental or para-governmental organizations within the individual countries. These institutional affiliations provided education research with a specific character that often centres on notions such as excellence, efficiency, or standards. The specific comparative character of this policy-driven research agenda triggered the development of suitable research techniques such as comparative statistics and pertinent sub-disciplines such as cognitive psychology. Backed-up by powerful global institutions, this agenda purported to be rather unique, and it tended to ignore the cultural complexity of the educational field and those research approaches that address this complexity. This volume includes different historical, cultural, and sociological approaches to the education systems and to questions as to how research on education systems can be undertaken beyond the parameters of the existing research agenda. They demonstrate how pertinent problems of research on education systems can only be tackled taking an international and interdisciplinary approach with regard to both research questions and methods concerning education systems.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Educational Policy

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Table of contents 

Introduction to this volume; I. Methods Education programmes, education reforms, and the longue durée in historiography of education; Edging closer to the hero, the barbarian, and the stranger. A note on the condition of comparative education; II. Reforms New governance of education. Potentials of reform and risks of failure; The global language on education policy and prospects of education research; III. Successes When is school an answer to what social problems. Lessons from the early American Republic; The history of higher education. Some conceptual remarks on the future of a research ?eld; IV. Practices The past and the future of education research on inequalities. Policies, pedagogical discourses, and beyond; Web 2.0 and the future of education research; V. Re?ections Education, knowledgeability, and the labour market; The past as the future of the social and education sciences; Index.

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