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ERIC Number: ED265256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
How Not To Do Comparative Education.
West, Peter
A respected method of studying comparative education is that of analyzing national character and assessing its impact on methods and systems of education. Like anthropologists, comparative educators must immerse themselves in a society in order to study its educational system. This analogy raises the issue of methodology, and many studies have investigated what form an anthropological study of education should take. It is generally agreed that the credibility of an ethnographic approach rests upon the thoroughness of the investigators' understanding of the larger culture. The remainder of this conference paper analyzes a 1982 article which is said to have mistakenly assumed that government aid to private schools was introduced in Australia without difficulty and that this experience was relevant to discussion of such aid in the United States. A conclusion asserts that comparative education researchers need a sound understanding of societies, and must not be over-eager in drawing comparisons between one country and another. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: Comparative and International Studies and the Theory and Practice of Education. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Comparative and International Education Society (11th, Hamilton, New Zealand, August 21-24, 1983). See UD 024 646.