International Handbook of Educational Reform

International Handbook of Educational Reform

International Handbook of Educational Reform

International Handbook of Educational Reform

Synopsis

This comprehensive reference offers a systematic overview of changes in educational policy and practice around the world. Each chapter focuses on reform in one of the 30 countries profiled.

Excerpt

International educational reform is an important topic. During the 1980s there were significant educational reform movements in a number of countries. Some of these movements resulted in educational change, others did not. The purpose of this handbook is to provide an overview of some of these reforms and changes in twenty-seven countries. It is not meant to be exhaustive as one handbook cannot cover all of the important countries and reforms. It is, however, meant to be representative, as we attempted to select countries from different geographic regions, with different levels of development, and with different political and economic systems.

There are countries that have been omitted that we would have liked to include. Space limitations made this impossible. Although we ordinarily would not mention a particular chapter that is omitted, there is one whose absence leaves us properly open to criticism and therefore we must mention it. Part III originally was supposed to include chapters on race, class, and gender. The chapter on race, however, was not completed, leaving the section on comparative issues in stratification somewhat incomplete. We believe strongly that inequalities based on race are critical and regret the absence of such a chapter. We apologize in advance for its omission and refer readers to the appropriate sections of many chapters for separate discussions of race.

This handbook illustrates the complexity of international educational reform and the significant educational movements and reforms of the past decade. Time, however, does not stand still for scholarship and historical events have caught up with and, in some instances, passed the discussions in the book. This is especially true in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and South Africa, where monumental political upheavals and changes are occurring as this book goes to press. Hopefully, we will be able to publish a second edition, which will update necessary sections of the book. Nonetheless, we believe the handbook provides an outstanding resource for students and scholars of educational reform.

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