International and Comparative Education offers detailed and wide-ranging illustrations of the ways in which comparison can illuminate our understanding of contemporary education systems by exploring issues in relation to specific educational sectors, from early-years and primary schooling, through to further, adult and higher education.

Key areas and debates examined include:

  • Alternative education provision
  • Early-years pedagogy and training
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in primary schooling
  • Work-related learning in secondary schools
  • The world of private tutoring
  • Economic austerity and further education
  • Apprenticeships and vocational education
  • Adult education and training
  • Higher education in a globalised world
  • Teacher training and international rankings.

Drawing on these wide-ranging themes across a number of national contexts to provoke critical thinking and reflection, each chapter includes discussion points and further reading, providing a valuable resource for all Education Studies students.

chapter 1|6 pages

Comparative and international education

ByBrendan Bartram

chapter 2|14 pages

Alternative education provision – international perspectives

ByPaul Wiseman

chapter 5|13 pages

The technical and vocational provision in England

A comparative study with the Austrian secondary system
BySean Starr

chapter 6|13 pages

The rise of private supplementary tutoring

Contemporary issues and international perspectives on shadow education in China
ByRoy Y. Chan, Hei-Hang Hayes Tang, Patrick Delaney

chapter 7|13 pages

The impact of austerity in Further Education

Cross-cultural perspectives from England and Ireland
ByMatt O’Leary, Justin Rami

chapter 10|16 pages

International comparisons in mathematics

Perspectives on teaching and learning
ByDavid Burghes

chapter 11|14 pages

Higher education – from global trends to local realities

ByRichard Budd

chapter 12|3 pages

Some final reflections on educational comparison

ByBrendan Bartram