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Education Systems and InequalitiesInternational Comparisons$
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Andreas Hadjar and Christiane Gross

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326106

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326106.001.0001

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Comparing education policies in a globalising world: methodological reflections

Comparing education policies in a globalising world: methodological reflections

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Education Systems and Inequalities

Susan L. Robertson

Roger Dale

Policy Press

Globalisation has often been seen as throwing a lifeline to comparative education (CE), because that seemed to be the academic approach most suited to identifying and evaluating the consequences for education policy and practice in a globalising world. However, our argument in this chapter is that such contributions from comparative education have been: (a) based on extensions and elaborations of existing methodological approaches in the field, assuming rather than problematizing the empirical comparability of national and regional education systems in seeking to establish the “effects” of “policy” in a “globalising” “world”; and (b) designed in ways which enable, or promote, the possibility of comparison as evaluation, rather than as a means of explanation.

Keywords:   education policy, education systems, comparative education, globalisation, regional education systems, national education systems

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