Critical Approaches to Comparative Education

Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas

  • Editors
  • Frances Vavrus
  • Lesley Bartlett

Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction Knowing, Comparatively

    1. Lesley Bartlett, Frances Vavrus
      Pages 1-18
  3. Appropriating Educational Policies and Programs

  4. Exploring Participation in Inter/National Development Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Aleesha Taylor
      Pages 75-92
    3. Moira Wilkinson
      Pages 93-109
    4. Maria Hantzopoulos
      Pages 111-126
  5. Examining the Political Economy of Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Audrey Bryan
      Pages 129-145
    3. Laura Alicia Valdiviezo
      Pages 147-162
    4. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher
      Pages 163-178
  6. Managing Conflict through Inter/National Development Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Mary Mendenhall
      Pages 181-197
    3. Janet Shriberg
      Pages 199-214
    4. Zeena Zakharia
      Pages 215-231
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-263

About this book


This book unites a dynamic group of scholars who examine linkages among local, national, and international levels of educational policy and practice. Utilizing multi-sited, ethnographic approaches, the essays explore vertical interactions across diverse levels of policy and practice while prompting horizontal comparisons across twelve sites in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The vertical case studies focus on a range of topics, including participatory development, the politics of culture and language, neoliberal educational reforms, and education in post-conflict settings. Editors Vavrus and Bartlett contribute to comparative theory and practice by demonstrating the advantages of thinking vertically.


comparative education Diversity education education policy education reform Europe health higher education participation research school violence

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