Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local

Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local

by Carlos Alberto Torres, Robert F. Arnove

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Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local, Third Edition brings together many of the outstanding scholars in the field of comparative and international education to provide new perspectives on the dynamic interplay of global, national, and local forces as they shape the functioning and outcomes of education systems in specific contexts. Various chapters in the book call for a rethinking of the nation-state as the basic unit for analyzing school-society relations; provide new ways of conceptualizing equality of educational opportunity and outcomes; call attention to the need to study social movements in relation to educational reform; emphasize the value of feminist, postcolonial, and culturally sensitive perspectives to comparative inquiry into the limitations as well as potential of education systems to contribute to individual development and social change; and provide detailed critical accounts of how various international financial and technical assistance agencies shape educational policy and practice in specific regions of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742574502
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert F. Arnove is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is an Honorary Fellow and past president of the Comparative and International Education Society. His extensive writings on the politics of education and social and educational change include, Comparative Education (MacMillan, 1982), Emergent Issues in Education: Comparative Perspectives (SUNY Press, 1992), and most recently, his authored book, Education as Contested Terrain: Nicaragua, 1979-1993 (Westview 1994). Carlos Alberto Torres is a professor of social sciences and comparative education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Paulo Freire Institute. He is a past president of the Comparative and International Education Society and the Research Committee of Sociology of Education, International Sociological Association. The author of more than fifty books and articles, his most recent work includes, with Rowman&Littlefield, Critique and Utopia: New Developments in the Sociology of Education in the Twenty-First Century (2007), and Democracy, Education, and Multiculturalism: Dilemmas of Citizenship in a Global World (1999).

Table of Contents

Chapter 2 Introduction: Reframing Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local
Chapter 3 1. Technocracy, Uncertainty, and Ethics: Comparative Education in an Era of Postmodernity and Globalization
Chapter 4 2. Institutionalizing International Influence
Chapter 5 3. The State, Social Movements, and Educational Reform
Chapter 6 4. Culture and Education
Chapter 7 5. The Question of Identity from a Comparative Education Perspective
Chapter 8 6. Equality of Education: A Half-Century of Comparative Evidence Seen From a New Millennium
Chapter 9 7. Women's Education in the Twenty-First Century: Balance and Prospects
Chapter 10 8. Control of Education: Issues and Tensions in Centralization and Decentralization
Chapter 11 9. Beyond Schooling: The Role of Adult and Community Education in Postcolonial Change
Chapter 12 10. The Political Economy of Educational Reform in Australia, England, and the United States
Chapter 13 11. Higher Education Restructuring in the Era of Globalization: Toward a Heteronomous Model?
Chapter 14 12. Education in Latin America: Dependency, Underdevelopment, and Inequality
Chapter 15 13. Education in Asia: Globalization and its Effects
Chapter 16 14. Education in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 17 15. Russia and Eastern Europe
Chapter 18 16. Education for All in Africa: Still a Distant Dream
Chapter 19 17. Comparative Education: The Dialectics of Globalization and its Discontents

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