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Comparative and International Education

New books in Comparative and International Education

Education and international development: an introduction. Second Edition

Written by leading academics from Canada, India, Netherlands, South Africa, UK, USA, and New Zealand, this second edition has been fully updated in light of recent changes in the field, such as the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals and the increased focus on environmental sustainability and equality. The book includes three new chapters on private providers, decolonisation and learning outcomes as well as a range of pedagogical features including key concept boxes, biographies of influential thinkers and practitioners, further reading lists, questions for reflection and debate, and case studies from around the developing world.

Global Development and Learning in the Age of Neoliberalism

This book argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified a crisis in the international development sector that it can begin to tackle by re-engaging with development education practice.

Manabi and Japanese Schooling

Considers the theory and practices behind the Japanese concept of Manabi, particularly as the progressive concept of learning in the globalised world. It seeks to provide educational visions of Manabi as an alternative concept of learning in the era of post-globalisation.

Global Citizenship for Adult Education

"This book promotes the development of non-traditional literacies in adult education, especially as these critical literacies relate to global citizenship, equity, and social justice.

Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2020

Topics covered in this volume include major theoretical and methodological developments, reports on research-to-practice, area studies and regional developments, and the diversification of comparative and international education.

Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Successes

Authors in this collection offer underpinnings of global citizenship education by discussing its contemporary theories and methodologies, and specific case studies that illustrate the application of GCE initiatives

Trust, accountability, and capacity in education system reform

Drawing upon research and case studies from scholars, policymakers and experts from international agencies across five continents, this book shows how trust, capacity and accountability interact in ways and with consequences that vary among countries, pointing readers towards understanding potential leverage points for system change.

Schooling As Uncertainty

Adopting a narrative approach, Vavrus tells the story of how her life became entangled with a community on Mount Kilimanjaro and how she and they sought greater security through schooling and, to varying degrees, succeeded.

Language Issues in Comparative Education II

The authors and editors share a common commitment to comparativism in their methods and analysis, and aim to contribute to a more inclusive and multilingual education for all.

Law, education, and the place of religion in public schools

This text presents a comparative, cross-cultural analysis of the legal status of religion in public education in eighteen different nations while offering recommendations for the future improvement of religious education in public schools.

The Machinery of School Internationalisation in Action

In this book, established and emerging scholars provide an authoritative set of conceptual tools for researchers in the field of internationalisation of compulsory schooling.

Children's Rights Education in Diverse Classrooms

The authors review the evidence from international evaluations, surveys and case studies about practice in human rights and child right education before exploring the key principles of transformative and experiential education to offer a robust theoretical framework that can guide the development of child rights education. They also draw out practical implications and outline a series of teaching and learning approaches that are values informed, aligned with children's rights and focused on quality learning.

The Child and the State in India

India has the largest number of non-schoolgoing working children in the world. Why has the government not removed them from the labour force and required that they attend school, as have the governments of all developed and many developing countries?

Blended and Online Learning for Global Citizenship

This volume explores how online technologies and collaborative and blended learning can be used to bolster social cohesion and increase students' understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Queer Social Movements and Outreach Work in Schools : A Global Perspective

This book brings together leading scholars researching the field of gender, sexuality, schooling, queer activism, and social movements within different cultural contexts.

Decolonising Schools in South Africa

This book explores the challenge of dismantling colonial schooling and how entangled power relations of the past have lingered in post-apartheid South Africa.

Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Elite Education in China

This book examines the practices and effects of emerging international curriculum programs established by Chinese elite public high schools.

Transnational Perspectives on Curriculum History

The book brings together the work of international specialists on Curriculum History and presents research that offers new perspectives and methodologies from which to approach the study of the History of Education and Educational Policy. 

Conversations on Global Citizenship Education

Conversations on Global Citizenship Education brings together the narratives of a diverse array of educators who share their unique experiences of navigating GCE in the modern university.

Parental Involvement Across European Education Systems

This book addresses central questions regarding parental involvement across European educational systems; exploring the commonalities and differences across European countries and the extent to which current policy and practice pertaining to parental involvement is inclusive of diversity.

The Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge

This handbook explores the evolution of African education in historical perspectives as well as the development within its three systems–Indigenous, Islamic, and Western education models

Understanding PISA's Attractiveness

Examines how policy makers and the media interpret the results of PISA league.

British Scholars of Comparative Education

This book brings together studies of significant British scholars of comparative education from the 19th and 20th centuries.

International Perspectives on Inclusion Within Society and Education

International Perspectives on Inclusion within Society and Education explores how the theme of inclusion in education and society plays out across different nations and cultures.

International Diversity and Inclusion

This open access book offers pioneering insights and practical methods for promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education classrooms and curricula.

Course syllabi in faculties of education

This book looks at the struggles that scholars, policy makers, and educators from a diverse range of countries including Australia, Canada, India, Iran, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and Zambia face as they design course syllabi in higher education settings.

Books and e-books: Comparative and International Education

Print resources for the Comparative Education Collection are located on Level 3 of the IOE Library. The collection covers international education systems and processes, and is classified by continent, region or country. 

Print resources for the Main Education Collection are located on Level 5 of the IOE Library. The collection features books that offer an international perspective on educational theory and practice. Books are classified according to subject area.

A useful digest of publications related to global education can be found in the Global Education Digest.

For both the Comparative Education Collection and the Main Education Collection, we try to source e-book versions of items that appear on Reading Lists or are in high demand.

International statistics of education in print are held on our Stores and include annual reports and statistics of education arranged by country or region. These statistics can be retrieved by searching for "statistics of education" as part of your search on UCL Explore. The items in this collection are not fully catalogued, so please contact the subject librarian if you require any further assistance. Please visit the "Useful Websites" page in this guide for more information on how to access statistics of international education online.

The library catalogue is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. On the catalogue, you will find the details with the details of the location of the materials you are looking for: library site, collection and shelfmark.

How can you tell if a book is available online?

On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online. 

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Other collections

  • Political Science and Public Policy: for political administration and theory.
  • Human Rights: for diverse aspects of human rights and freedom.
  • Anthropology: for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context.
  • The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library holds a substantial collection on global health and development.
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library: includes major holdings of the history and literature of East Germany and other German-speaking areas, Finland and the Baltic region.