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Comparative and International Education

Welcome to the Comparative and International Education Subject Guide

This guide has been created to provide students and researchers of comparative and international education with information and advice on the resources available in the Library.

The UCL Institute of Education Library holds extensive print and online resources related to the development of national education systems and global education policies. The collections also cover key issues in international education such as citizenship, human rights education, and international development.

The guide also provides support and advice on how to access and use these resources effectively, including how-to videos, online chat, and details of the further training available via LibrarySkills@UCL.

Please use the left hand menu to see how the library can support your learning and research in comparative and international education.

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Subject Collections

The Comparative Education Collection print resources are located in the IOE Library and focus on education systems and practices around the world. Nearly 200 countries and regions are represented and the collection and are classified by continent, region or country. A vast range of international education resources can also be found on the open shelves across the IOE Library. Older print resources are held in our stores, and rare and valuable material is held in our Special Collections.

The Library provides online access to a wealth of resources on comparative and international education, including eBooks, journals and databases. Other pages in this guide provide further information on how to access these resources.

Listed below are key databases in comparative and international education, you will find additional recommendations later in this guide:

Handbooks and Yearbooks: Comparative and International Education

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning

A resource for academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who need a clear picture of global learning.

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education

This collection brings together many of the world's leading sociologists of education to explore and address key issues and concerns within the discipline.

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Citizenship and Education

This handbook is based on the most recent research and practice from across the world, with the 'Geographically-Based Overviews' section providing summaries of global citizenship and education provided for Southern Africa, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Latin America, and East and South East Asia.

Handbook of Global Education Policy

Comprehensive overview of the ways in which domestic education policy is framed and influenced by global institutions and actors.

International Handbook of Comparative Education

This two-volume compendium brings together leading scholars from around the world who provide authoritative studies of the old and new epistemic motifs and theoretical strands that have characterized the interdisciplinary field of comparative and international education in the last 50 years.

World Yearbook of Education 2019

The World Yearbook of Education 2019 comprises contributions from internationally renowned scholars exploring novel concepts and methodologies in grappling with contemporary empirical phenomena in educational research.

The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education

This volume is an authoritative overview of the main issues in higher education around the world today.

The Sage Handbook of Research in International Education

This Handbook analyzes the origins, contributions, and interpretations of international education.

Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia

This volume displays the current state of the scholarship for schools and schooling in Asia including emerging, controversial and cutting-edge contributions using a thematic approach.