ERIC Number: EJ860749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 30
The Changing Frontiers of Comparative Education: A Forty-Year Retrospective on "European Education"
European Education, v41 n1 p17-31 Spr 2009
"European Education" (originally known as "Western European Education") may no longer be directly associated with the field of comparative and international education, yet its establishment in 1969 was an attempt to make a direct contribution to the academic debates about the future of comparative education. The journal emerged at a time when comparative educators in the United States were engaged in a complex process of reexamining historical foundations of the field, exploring its methodological and theoretical directions, and expanding its geographic boundaries. While the debate on comparative education theory and method was often polarized into two extremes--advocating for either cross-national, quantitative research or single-case, historical studies--the journal created an opportunity for comparative educators to engage in a comparative analysis that is both cross-national and contextual. The journal's founding editor (Ursula Springer) and advisory board members (George Bereday, Torsten Husen, Brian Holmes, Saul Robinsohn, and others) envisioned comparative education as an interdisciplinary area of study that would at once capture the importance of the historical context and advance the use of social science methods in comparative research. The journal's task became to translate this vision into reality. Common to all of the journal's editors (and their journal advisory board members) was their commitment to exploring alternative visions in the polarized debate on comparative theory and method in education. It is within the context of these comparative education debates that this study attempts to trace the journal's history. The fortieth anniversary of the establishment of "European Education" provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the journal's role in shaping the contours of comparative education during the past four decades. Through content analysis and interviews with former editors and advisory board members, this study discusses the context within which the journal emerged, its original goals and changing vision during the past forty years, as well as its role in the field of comparative and international education. (Contains 9 notes.
Descriptors: International Education, Advisory Committees, Comparative Education, Content Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Periodicals, Educational History, Social History, Geographic Location, Research Methodology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Foundations of Education, Foreign Countries, Cross Cultural Studies, Social Sciences
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