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Gutek's rigorously updated second edition targets international education in today's dynamic, interconnected, and interdependent global society. This two-part volume examines and compares educational systems in their national contexts. Part 1 is a blend of historical, philosophical, political, and sociological perspectives on a variety of foundational topics in international education, including the vital interests of developing and developed nation-states; the implications of ethnonationalism; political, economic, environmental, and educational relationships; transnational issues in a global society; and citizenship education. Part 2 first scrutinizes the concept of comparative education and then explores the essential elements of education in the U.S.--a sturdy departure point for analyses and comparisons of the national contexts and education in eight representative countries: the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Mexico, Japan, China, India, and Nigeria. UNESCO states that education for all is one of the biggest moral challenges of our times. One step toward propagating the universal right to education is making a conscious effort to understand the educational systems of other nations. New to this edition are chapters on France and India, with their enduring cultures and world presence. Each chapter in the book concludes with discussion questions, research topics, and suggestions for further reading.
Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Gutek, American Education 1945-2000: A History and Commentary (ISBN 9781577661009); Gutek, A History of the Western Educational Experience, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881338188); and Gutek, An Historical Introduction to American Education, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577667520).