Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local

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Robert F. Arnove, Carlos Alberto Torres
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 419 pages
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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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Contents

Technocracy Uncertainty and Ethics Comparative Education in an Era of Postmodernity and Globalization
21
Institutionalizing International Influence
47
The State Social Movements and Educational Reform
79
Culture and Education
101
The Question of Identity from a Comparative Education Perspective
117
Equality of Education A HalfCentury of Comparative Evidence Seen From a New Millennium
129
Womens Education in the TwentyFirst Century Balance and Prospects
151
Control of Education Issues and Tensions in Centralization and Decentralization
175
Higher Education Restructuring in the Era of Globalization Toward a Heteronomous Model?
257
Education in Latin America Dependency Underdevelopment and Inequality
277
Education in Asia Globalization and its Effects
295
Education in the Middle East Challenges and Opportunities
311
Russia and Eastern Europe
333
Education for All in Africa Still a Distant Dream
357
Comparative Education The Dialectics of Globalization and Its Discontents
389
Index
405

Beyond Schooling The Role of Adult and Community Education in Postcolonial Change
197
The Political Economy of Educational Reform in Australia England and the United States
217
About the Contributors
417
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Page 1 - Globalisation can thus be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.

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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).

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