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Comparative Education Research

Approaches and Methods

  • Mark Bray
  • Bob Adamson
  • Mark Mason

Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Directions

  3. Units of Comparison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Maria Manzon
      Pages 97-137
    3. Mark Bray, Kai Jiang
      Pages 139-166
    4. Anthony Sweeting
      Pages 167-193
    5. Liz Jackson
      Pages 195-220
    6. Mark Mason
      Pages 221-257
    7. Wing On Lee, Maria Manzon
      Pages 259-283
    8. Rui Yang
      Pages 285-308
    9. Bob Adamson, Paul Morris
      Pages 309-332
    10. Nancy Law
      Pages 333-364
    11. David A. Watkins, Jan van Aalst
      Pages 365-385
    12. Frederick K. S. Leung, Kyungmee Park
      Pages 387-414
  4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Mark Bray, Bob Adamson, Mark Mason
      Pages 417-436
  5. Mark Bray, Bob Adamson, Mark Mason
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


Approaches and methods in comparative education are of obvious importance, but do not always receive adequate attention. This second edition of a well-received book, containing thoroughly updated and additional material, contributes new insights within the longstanding traditions of the field.

A particular feature is the focus on different units of analysis. Individual chapters compare places, systems, times, cultures, values, policies, curricula and other units. These chapters are contextualised within broader analytical frameworks which identify the purposes and strengths of the field. The book includes a focus on intra-national as well as cross-national comparisons, and highlights the value of approaching themes from different angles. As already demonstrated by the first edition of the book, the work will be of great value not only to producers of comparative education research but also to users who wish to understand more thoroughly the parameters and value of the field.


Comparative Education Comparative Education Research Methodology Educational Research Research Methodology Social Science Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Bray
    • 1
  • Bob Adamson
    • 2
  • Mark Mason
    • 3
  1. 1.UNESCO International Institute for Educational PlanningParisFrance
  2. 2.Dept. of International Education and Lifelong LearningHong Kong Institute of EducationTai Po, New TerritoriesHong Kong
  3. 3.University of Hong Kong Fac. EducationHong KongHong Kong

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