Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local

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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.

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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).

Review:

A key resource for understanding comparative education and how education is affected by globalization and other social forces. Comparative Education provides both a useful and diverse theoretical perspective and valuable information on world regions. (Philip G. Altbach, Monan Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College)

The third edition of this book is an even more significant achievement than the first two editions. Arnove and Torres extend the reach and power of the issues covered, making this volume an even more valuable tool for all who are concerned with comparative education and with education's role internationally. (Michael W. Apple, Ed.D., John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; author, Ed)

For those of us who thought that comparative education has grown stale, this is a breath of free air. The overall editorial integration is superb and the selections bring new insights into the discourse. This has become a standard text in many comparative education courses. (Henry M. Levin, Ph.D., William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; David Jacks Professor Em)

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