Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2017

Emerald Group Publishing
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This year’s Annual Review of Comparative and International Education surveys the field from several globally representative perspectives. Contributors include scholars, policymakers and development consultants and cover comparative and international education trends and issues unique to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America.
This volume is representative of a wide range of recent trends and important concerns in the CIE community worldwide and within particular regions or specific communities. Additionally, the Annual Review celebrates its fifth year of continuous publication this year, which highlights the ongoing interest in and importance of reflective practice and the professionalization of comparative and international education.
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Alexander W. Wiseman is Professor of Comparative and International Education in the College of Education at Lehigh University, USA. Dr. Wiseman holds a dual-degree Ph.D. in Comparative & International Education and Educational Theory & Policy from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Education (and Teacher Certification) from The University of Tulsa, and a B.A. in Letters from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Wiseman conducts internationally comparative educational research using large-scale education datasets on math and science education, information and communication technology (ICT), teacher preparation, professional development and curriculum as well as school principal’s instructional leadership activity, and is the author of many research-to-practice articles and books. He serves as Senior Editor of the online journal FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education and as Series Editor for the International Perspectives on Education and Society volume series (Emerald Publishing).
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Emerald Group Publishing
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Published on
Feb 3, 2018
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781787439719
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Administration / General
Education / Comparative
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Education / Research
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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