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ERIC Number: ED567104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 68
A Framework for Understanding International Perspectives on Education
Wiseman, Alexander W.
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
International perspectives on education have existed since the first world travelers brought stories back from their travels abroad, but the ways these perspectives are presented and understood varies as much as the cultures and communities themselves. This introduction to international perspectives on education provides a framework, which relies on conceptual, comparative, problematized and cultural understandings of education, both within and across educational systems worldwide. Conceptually, international perspectives on education are framed by the dual elements of both globalization and contextualization. Within this broad framework, comparative perspectives of education worldwide are characterized by assumptions about educational access, accountability and achievement. Problematizing international perspectives on education requires recognition that many, if not most, perspectives fall along a sliding scale from acceptance of to resistance against the mass education model, which has become ubiquitous worldwide. Likewise, cultural understandings of education from international perspectives address both the culture embedded in local and native communities, but also a culture that has become endemic to the institution of education itself. This introduction to international perspectives on education concludes with a discussion of the possible futures for the international comparative study of education, and how topics and trends are both varied in their topics, but limited in their scope. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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