Comparative Education and Research Capacity Building: Reflections on International Transfer and the Significance of Context (doi: 10.14425/00.36.36)

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Michael Crossley


Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in comparative and international education, along with a fundamental reconceptualisation of this distinctive multidisciplinary field of study. The nature and significance of these developments are explored with particular reference to their implications for(broader research capacity building initiatives worldwide. In doing so, a critique of the international transfer of globally dominant research modalities and strategies is presented ' along with arguments for increased attention to context sensitivity in both international development cooperation and educational research in general. Illustrative( examples that support these arguments are drawn from the author's own research, from an analysis of emergent educational policy debates in the UK, and from related studies being carried out in Malaysia. In concluding, the strategic role of comparative research traditions and perspectives in a rapidly globalizing world is highlighted,while supporting the promotion of new initiatives and research centres for comparative and international education.


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