Comparative education

 

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An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Understanding educational structures and systems around the world is imperative to improving and enhancing the delivery of quality education for all. But how can comparative education help to identify the best instructional models, academic standards, and policies of educational institutions?

This mission aims to address this question and more by highlighting and discussing theoretical and applied contributions to approaches and will showcase research related to comparative education to further the discussion and bring to life the successes and challenges of education programmes across the world at all levels including schools, colleges, and universities.

We’re inviting authors to publish with us in the field of education, so if you are working on an article or would like to contribute a blog or commentary then we’d love to hear from you.

This mission is aligned with our Quality education for all goal

Featured journals

Here we have highlighted our key journals that publish articles on the topic of comparative education. You can also search for a specific journal by subject area on our find a journal page.

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International Journal of Comparative Education and Development

International Journal of Comparative Education and Development


Editor-in-Chief: Jae Park

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International Journal of Information and Learning Technology


Editor: Professor Glenn Hardaker

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Social Studies Research and Practice

Social Studies Research and Practice


Editor-in-Chief: Cynthia Szymanski Sunal

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Journal of Educational Administration

Journal of Educational Administration


Editors-in-Chief: Professor Chen Schechter & Professor Jayson W. Richardson

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International Journal of Educational Management

International Journal of Educational Management


Editors: Chris Brown & Dong Nguyen

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Quality Assurance in Education

Quality Assurance in Education


Editors-in-Chief: Dr Jeffrey W Alstete, Dr Heidi Flavian & Dr Krassie Petrova

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Webinar

Webinar: comparative education

Join Professor Audrey Falk and expert panelists as they discuss comparative education.

This webinar, in partnership with Emerald Publishing and HETL, aims to address how comparative education can help to identify the best instructional models, academic standards, and policies of educational institutions by highlighting and discussing theoretical and applied contributions to approaches. It will showcase research related to comparative education to further the discussion and bring to life the successes and challenges of education programs at all levels around the world including schools, colleges, and universities.

Bulgarian Comparative Education Society logoBulgarian Comparative Education Society

XXI Annual International Conference

Conference theme:

Recovering education: using the experiences and learning acquired to build new and better education systems

Sofia, Bulgaria, 27-30 June 2023


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Comparing educational research in Singapore and Sweden

Article: Typifying educational research in Singapore and Sweden: a comparative bibliometric approach based on topics 2000–2020

Authors: Erik Nylander & Jason Tan

A study comparing educational research that has been produced by scholars in Singapore and Sweden.

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Comparing educational research in Singapore and Sweden


Different country-specific circumstances can influence the production, governance, and policies of educational research, including:

  • Institutional histories and the role of state
  • Degree of scholarly autonomy
  • Research priorities and semantic composition

How and why does the educational research produced by scholars in Singapore and Sweden differ?

Comparative analysis of peer-reviewed literature on educational research from Singapore and Sweden

Topic modelling and analysis of bibliometric data

  • 9,017 published articles (2000–2020)
  • Identification and mapping of major topics of educational research
  • Identification of national knowledge traditions and discourses

Two ideal-types of educational research

  • 8 main topics concentrated around a few themes
  • Higher emphasis on quantitative and outcome-based methods of inquiry
  • Less critical research approaches
  • Largely state-defined research priorities
     
  • 25 main and diverse topics with no specific "centre of gravity"
  • Higher emphasis on pluralistic and qualitative methods of inquiry
  • Established critical research approaches
  • Research priorities are mainly formed indepen

Governance and institutional dierences in educational research

  • Centralised, state-controlled education system
  • Research is mainly funded by the Ministry of Education
  • Focus is largely limited to pedagogical issues, summative assessments, and outcomes
     
  • Highly decentralised system
  • Research is funded by autonomous institutions
  • Critical inquiries on power relations and educational policy are common

Educational research in both countries is a reflection of the country-specific relationships between institutional histories, state influence, funding, research priorities, and research paradigms.


Typifying educational research in Singapore and Sweden: a comparative bibliometric approach based on topics 2000–2020
International Journal of Comparative Education and Development
Nylander and Tan (2022) | DOI: 10.1108/IJCED-12-2021-0128

Featured blogs & interview

Interview: Transnational collaboration for quality education: Sino-UK partnerships

Stephen Rayner Stella Huili Si

Huili Si’s (Stella) research directly addresses the themes of the collaborative project between Emerald Publishing and the BELMAS ICE RIG. In this post, Stephen Rayner interviews Stella about her research.

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Book Series


International Perspectives on Education and Society

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Series Editor

Alexander W. Wiseman is Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy in the College of Education at Texas Tech University, USA. Dr. Wiseman has been an expert and leader in comparative and international education for a quarter of a century, and continues an active research agenda of comparative and international educational research on educational policy and practice using large-scale assessments, document analyses, and individual level data to contextualize, examine, understand, and inform refugee education, gender (in)equity, educator preparation, and educational leadership worldwide.

Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2022 volume will be releasing in July 2023.

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Collaborative Professionalism Across Cultures and Contexts: Cases of Professional Learning Networks Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Canada and Colombia

Shaneé A. Washington, Michael T. O’Connor

Professional Learning Networks: Facilitating Transformation in Diverse Contexts with Equity-seeking Communities

https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/978-1-78769-891-820201005/f…
International Journal of Information and Learning Technology

How university instructors apply the design principles for electronic courses: a comparative study based on Richard Mayer's model on multimedia learning

Hamid Keshavarz, Somayeh Fallahnia, Fatemeh Hamdi

https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJILT-11-2021-0173/full/html
special issue

International Journal of Comparative Education and Development

Volume 23 Issue 2 & 3

Internationalization of higher education in the era of SDGs: Asia-Pacific Perspective

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