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Introduction: Media Education in the Global Village

Despite faster and more efficient communication systems across much of the world, international comparative studies in education are currently suffering some neglect. In most countries, the dominant interest in educational processes and practices elsewhere seems to be focused on 'quick fixes' or finding cheaper options for their educational problems. As individual nations have receded into a narrow concern with the control of domestic educational expenditure, interest in the diversity of educational approaches as reflections of different social and cultural contexts or of different educational goals has suffered. In many cases, this has led to conservative and even retrogressive developments in education.1