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Introduction to Comparative and International Education

Introduction to Comparative and International Education

Second Edition

March 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book introduces major themes surrounding comparative and international education, giving you a nuanced understanding of key debates, and thinkers, and the tools necessary to conduct comparisons using secondary sources. Social, economic, historical, and cultural factors are examined in order to investigate the varied contexts in which education takes place around the globe. Fully updated throughout, this second edition includes:

A new 'Key concepts' feature explaining essential ideas and principles
Additional case studies from non-Western education systems
Updated statistical data highlighting educational and demographic trends

This is essential reading for students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, and for similar courses covering comparative and international education. Jennifer Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Derby.
Part I: Comparative Education
Chapter 1: An introduction to comparative education
Chapter 2: How are comparisons made?
Chapter 3: Culture and education
Chapter 4: Economic, political and historical contexts for comparison
Chapter 5: Education and the developing world
Chapter 6: Gender and education
Part II: International education
Chapter 7: Understanding international education
Chapter 8: Globalisation and education
Chapter 9: Global citizenship education
Chapter 10: Multicultural education
Chapter 11: International schools
Chapter 12: Internationalisation of higher education

'An authoritative book offering a detailed examination of some of the major themes surrounding comparative and international education, an essential introductory reading for anyone seeking a firm foundation in the field. The updates to case studies and introduction of key concepts amongst other aspects in this valuable second edition make a critical contribution to furthering our understanding of the contemporary developments and debates in this field.'

Dr Namrata Rao
Senior Lecturer in Education, Liverpool Hope University

This text is a superb place to start for both UG and PG students of education new to these ideas. Jennifer writes in an inclusive way using careful definitions, probing questions and provoking case studies which help to make the concepts applicable to the experiences of both aspiring and established educators.

Kate Duffy
Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Sunderland

The second edition (revised) of Jennifer Marshall’s impressive book is a welcome update to this overview of key developments in global education, with new data since the 2014 edition. Although it is written in accessible English, it is certainly academic in the best sense, with dozens of references at the end of each chapter, along with suggested reading. It is attractively designed including activities in every chapter to encourage reflection. And one of its many strengths is the wide-ranging sweep of its themes including development and international education, political and economic contexts, and key areas such as citizenship, gender, and multicultural education. I shall certainly recommend it to our undergraduates and our library that already has multiple copies of the first edition.

Dr Barry Dufour
Visiting Professor of Education Studies
De Montfort University, Leicester

Previous edition used

Mr Paul Brooks
Cardiff School of Education Cyncoed, Cardiff Metropolitan University
September 9, 2019

This is an excellent book which offers a clear introduction to the subject of comparative and international education.

Mr Drew Quayle
Faculty of Health , Social Care & Education, Anglia Ruskin University
August 19, 2019

Covers a good range of areas. Ideal primer for MA students

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
June 20, 2019

A well crafted book that makes it essential for my module on Comparative Education. My students equally find it very useful. I have since instructed my subject librarian to secure us more copies.

Dr Seidu Salifu
He & Teacher Training, NESCOT
September 3, 2019

Jennifer Marshal presents an accessible introduction to comparative and international education, using concrete examples and study features along the way to help keep the reader engaged and applying their reading to their work. It is an excellent starting point for students learning about comparative and/or international education.

Mr Andrew Brogan
School of Education, Birmingham City University
July 15, 2019

This has been a core reader in our module on international perspective, but some chapters e.g. the international education in the 2nd half of book, repeat much of the comparative. The students did not like this, but we will continue to use this book as there are some very good chapters in the first half of the book, with really useful tasks and readings. Really helpful.

Dr Judy Sayers
School of Education, Leeds University
May 15, 2020