Education: Exploring Issues in International Context
By: Patricia K. Kubow & Paul R. Fossum
This book provides a new introductory text for the field of comparative
and international education. The text discusses the development of the
field of comparative education, explores major theories of national development,
pursues educational issues germane to comparative inquiry, and employs
analytic frameworks to study these issues in eight countries. This work
departs from the traditional viewpoint of educational systems and structural
analysis to thoroughly explore comparative education from an issues orientation.
Content is built upon analytical frameworks that address four fundamental
educational issues: purposes of schooling, educational access and opportunity,
education accountability and authority, and teacher professionalism.
After an introduction to the field and to prevailing theories in educational
policy and practice, the text examines each education issue in relation
to two different countries. Countries include Hong Kong, Israel, Brazil,
South Africa, England, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Each issues
chapter features country overviews to provide an informative snapshot
of each country's location, demographics, government and politics, and
educational processes. Also featured are biographical sketches of select
historical and contemporary comparative educators.