Origins and Traditions in Comparative Education


 Presenter (s) Maria Manzon, Sophia University (Tokyo)

This volume aims to expand knowledge about the history of comparative education. It explores new scholarship on key actors and ways of knowing in the field. It aims to raise awareness on the positionality of historical narratives about this field of inquiry and offers a re-think of its histories.

Since comparative education has always been embedded within a global field of power, what would the changing world order’s implications be for the institutional and intellectual histories of the field? This book offers diverse perspectives for re-theorising the histories of comparative education. It suggests casting a far-sighted and panoramic look at the field’s origins. The volume concludes with a puzzle for future work on a global history of comparative education.

This book was originally published as a special issue of ‘Comparative Education’.

Foreword by David Phillips

This important collection re-examines origins and traditions in comparative education as a scholarly field of educational inquiry. Maria Manzon has brought together an impressive group of specialists whose papers challenge many existing assumptions about its development. Volker Lenhart, for example, draws attention to Hechtius as a forerunner of Marc-Antoine Jullien, Christel Adick reminds us of the work of Franz Hilker and its association with Bereday’s four-step model of comparison, and Erwin Epstein writes of the International Education Review’s ideological usurpation under Nazism. Robert Cowen contributes a lively paper on key actors and ‘ways of knowing’, Felicitas Acosta and Guillermo Ramón Ruiz describe ways in which comparative education has developed in Latin America, and Keita Takayama articulates the ‘area studies’ tradition in comparative inquiry, with particular reference to Japan. Together, their papers provide a fresh look at comparative education and its history that will be of interest to all concerned with understanding what this important dimension of educational inquiry is about.

David Phillips
Emeritus Professor of Comparative Education, University of Oxford, UK

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