North American Scholars of Comparative Education


 Presenter (s) Erwin Epstein, Loyola University Chicago

This book brings together fifteen comprehensive studies of significant North American scholars of comparative education from the 20th century. Providing relevant biographical detail, chapters analyse each scholar’s approach to comparative education and their on-going influences on the field.

Comparative studies in education have long benefited from the work of significant individuals who have collectively advanced the field, making it a vibrant and intellectually fruitful area of educational research. Offering a unique, systematic exploration of the work of the founders of comparative educational research, North American Scholars of Comparative Education emphasizes the importance of understanding the accomplishments of key historical figures in the field, and considers the legacies such individuals have created. Chapters move beyond descriptions of comparativists’ work, to illustrate the pivotal role played by each scholar in driving a progression through humanistic and scientific approaches, to new epistemological traditions within the field of comparative education. This in turn reveals critical historical-epistemological transitions which have had lasting impacts on the field. Including contributions written by leading scholars in the field, this volume will be of great interest to researchers, academics and scholars in comparative and international education.

Part I The policy-oriented humanistic tradition in comparative education
Chapter 1: John Dewey – Regina Cortina
Chapter 2: Paul Monroe – Liping Bu
Chapter 3: Isaac Leon Kandel – J. Wesley Null
Chapter 4: William W. Brickman – Erwin H. Epstein
Chapter 5: George Z.F. Bereday – Justyna Wojniak and David Post

Part II The social scientific tradition in comparative education
Chapter 6: C. Arnold Anderson – Erwin H. Epstein
Chapter 7: Phillip J. Foster – Stephen P. Heyneman
Chapter 8: Mary Jean Bowman – David N. Plank
Chapter 9: Donald K. Adams – John C. Weidman
Chapter 10: Joseph P. Farrell – Karen Mundy

Part III New perspectives and methods in comparative education
Chapter 11: Gail Paradise Kelly – Vandra Lea Masemann
Chapter 12: Rolland G. Paulston – Brian Denman and W. James Jacob
Chapter 13: Heidi Ann Ross – Irving Epstein
Chapter 14: Gerald H. Read – Martha C. Merrill
Chapter 15: Claude Andrew Eggertsen – Robert F. Lawson

Conclusion: Harnessing Disparate Perspectives on Ways of Knowing for an Uncertain Future – Erwin H. Epstein

“Intellectual histories tell us about the past so as to enable us to think about the future. As the present role of education and its future is more doubtful than ever, teasing out the insights of the scholars covered in this volume will contribute to our overall understandings of the relations between education and society in different contexts.” (Esther E. Gottlieb, The Ohio State University USA, Comparative and International Education Society Historian)

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