The Comparative Education Reader

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Organized topically rather than theoretically, this well-rounded and thorough collection brings together some of the top scholars in the field, providing a readable text for introductory comparative education students.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Ways of Thinking About Comparative Education
Ch. 1 Comparing Futures or Comparing Pasts? 3
Ch. 2 Mapping Comparative Education after Postmodernity 17
Ch. 3 Mapping Rural Women's Perspectives on Nonformal Education Experiences 45
Ch. 4 Imagining Comparative Education: Past, Present, Future 77
Ch. 5 Comparative Education Redefined? 95
Pt. 2 Equity and Education
Ch. 6 Education and Muslim Identity: The Case of France 111
Ch. 7 The State, Adult Literary Policy and Inequality in Botswana 139
Ch. 8 Juvenile Delinquency and Reformatory Education in China: A Retrospective 163
Ch. 9 The Closing of the Gender Gap in Schooling: The Case of Thailand 183
Ch. 10 Peace Education and the Comparative Study of Education 217
Pt. 3 Education, Development and Policy Planning
Ch. 11 Development Studies and Comparative Education: Context, Content, Comparison and Contributors 237
Ch. 12 Qualitative Research and Educational Policy-Making: Approaching the Reality in Developing Countries 259
Ch. 13 The Limits of Modern Education 277
Ch. 14 Improving the Quality of Basic Education? The Strategies of the World Bank 299
Ch. 15 Alternative Development and Education: Economic Interests and Cultural Practices in the Amazon 329
Ch. 16 Public Policies on Gender Education in Paraguay: The Project for Equal Opportunities 343
Pt. 4 Teachers and Teaching
Ch. 17 Comparative Perspectives on Professionalism among American, British, German and Finnish Teachers 357
Ch. 18 Classroom Management in Japan: Building a Classroom Community 369
Ch. 19 Reforms to Teacher Education in Indonesia: Does More Mean Better? 391
Ch. 20 Education, Teacher Training and the Prospects for Economic Recovery in Cambodia 411
Contributor Notes 431
Index 435
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