Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars’ Press
432 pages
6 x 9 inches
March 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309514


In our increasingly globalized world, it is vital to explore major issues in education today through an international and intercultural lens. Thoroughly updated and expanded, this comprehensive new edition introduces students to research in comparative and international education while providing an overview of educational practices in diverse settings.

Contributors draw on comparative research from the Americas, Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and engage with such themes as the history and philosophy of comparative education, the right to education, alternative pedagogies, gender, Indigenous knowledge, peacebuilding, international assessments, and global citizenship. The updates to this edition include new chapters on human rights education and the internationalization of schooling, and a greater focus on issues of diversity and social justice education. Designed as a resource for teacher education programs, each chapter highlights the significance and the implications of the particular topic for teachers.

Comparative and International Education features a vivid portrayal of global educational practices, contributions from preeminent scholars from around the world, and invaluable teaching tools, including discussion questions, video suggestions, and further readings. This essential collection will be an indispensable resource for teachers, teachers-in-training, and students of comparative and international education.


Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Chapter One: Why Study Comparative Education?
Ruth Hayhoe, Caroline Manion, and Karen Mundy


Chapter Two: Philosophy and Comparative Education: What Can We Learn from East Asia?
Ruth Hayhoe and Jun Li

Chapter Three: Reinventing Schooling: Successful Radical Alternatives from the Global South
Joseph P. Farrell, Caroline Manion, and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo

Chapter Four: Understanding Pedagogy: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Insights from Central Asia
Sarfaroz Niyozov

Chapter Five: Comparative Perspectives on School Improvement
Stephen Anderson and Malini Sivasubramaniam


Chapter Six: Comparative Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning
Katia Sol Madjidi and Jean-Paul Restoule

Chapter Seven: Gender and Education
Kara Janigan and Vandra Lea Masemann

Chapter Eight: Human Rights Education for Social Change: Experiences from South Asia
Monisha Bajaj

Chapter Nine: Global Citizenship Education in Schools: Evolving Understandings, Constructing Practices
Mark Evans and Dina Kiwan

Chapter Ten: Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Education: Rethinking Pedagogies in Divided Societies, Latin America, and Around the World
Kathy Bickmore


Chapter Eleven: Education for All: Comparative Sociology of Schooling in Africa and Beyond
Karen Mundy and Robyn Read

Chapter Twelve: The Internationalization of Schooling: Implications for Teachers
Julia Resnik

Chapter Thirteen: International Education Indicators and Assessments: Issues for Teachers
Anna K. Chmielewski, Joseph P. Farrell, and Karen Mundy

About the Contributors

Kathy Bickmore

Kathy Bickmore is a Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Comparative and International Education, Comparative and International Education, Second Edition

Ruth Hayhoe

Ruth Hayhoe is a Professor of Comparative Higher Education at OISE.

Comparative and International Education, Comparative and International Education, Second Edition

Caroline Manion

Caroline Manion is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, of Comparative, International, and Development Education at OISE.

Karen Mundy

Karen Mundy is a Professor of Comparative, International, and Development Education at OISE.

Comparative and International Education, Comparative and International Education, Second Edition

Robyn Read

Robyn Read is a doctoral student at OISE.


"This edited collection provides a needed link between international education research and the professional concerns of pre-service teachers and practicing educators. The diverse compilation of essays explores … educational issues in areas of the world often ignored in teacher education programs. The book stimulates readers to think comparatively about their own educational practices and experiences, encouraging teachers to think in new ways about common educational issues."
—  Rebecca Clothey, School of Education, Drexel University

"Containing current, comprehensive, and critical approaches to a wide range of international education issues, Comparative and International Education is a must-have for teacher education programs. New and experienced teachers will benefit from this revised text written by key scholars in the field… This is an essential text to make sense of the implications of globalization for teaching today."
—  Marianne Larsen, Faculty of Education, Western University

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