Comparative Studies and Educational Decision by Edmund J King

By Edmund J King

This quantity bargains a conceptual justification and technique for comparative stories of schooling matching advancements within the social sciences and different comparative disciplines. It additionally relates comparative reports of schooling to the sensible company of coverage formula in any respect degrees. therefore it bridges the widening hole among the only educational international and the area of choice for improvement. the writer attracts illustrations from academic reforms, yet is going additional in suggesting appropriate techniques or associations which would in attaining soundly established guidelines and safe their implementation. he is taking account of the making plans innovations and achievements of UNESCO, OECD and different overseas agencies, and examines the actions and goals of nationwide making plans for schooling in a much wider standpoint of global re-orientation. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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For instance, a country may not have the resources (an obvious point); or it may not have public opinion ready for "the logic" of an appropriate move; or it may still be waiting for the example and experiments of neighbours. These are all matters in which comparative education can help; but it goes without saying that any findings or recommendations of comparative analysis must be of conditional value. That is, even intellectual evaluation depends upon an ecological alertness to the dynamics of the context.

29 Downloaded by [Aligarh Muslim University] at 02:41 23 September 2013 Father American Husband Philosopher, believer, etc. Teacher Taxpayer Figure 3. The part played by roles in influencing personal perception or decision extension of Figure 2; but for convenience the object with which we are concerned has been left out of the diagram, although the black dot still continues to indicate the observer or thinker about any problem. The words written in the overlapping ellipses are meant to indicate some of the various roles within which our perceiver sees himself involved.

A moment's reflection teaches us, however, that the word "science" is an extremely imprecise term covering a great variety of activities. There are painstaking observations of carefully isolated data, quantified and analysed in such a way as to facilitate the recognition of general trends within those data, and perhaps of wider patterns. Thus we arrive at hypotheses which can be formulated and tested by further experiment. This is the sort of thing we find in physics and astronomy. There we are dealing with inert matter, as I pointed out when considering "laws" in the first chapter.

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