South African Journal of Education

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Uitdagings vir vergelykende opvoedkunde: alles vir almal en verstaan van die ander

SC Steyn, CC Wolhuter, NC De Wet, SJ Berkhout, EAS De Waal


Challenges for comparative education: everything for everybody and understanding of the other.

This article explores the challenges and unique contribution of comparative education in the present age of global vs local (i.e. national or communal) agendas, perspectives and priorities. The thesis is that comparative education's sensitivity to the interrelationships between national context and education renders it in a valuable and irreplaceable position with respect to the task of reflecting on the consequences of universalistic trends on education systems and with respect to the assessment of the possibilities and dangers of taking over educational practices from other educational systems. In the education of educators as professionals, comparative education, with its characteristic focus on the education system, on societal-education interrelationships, and its impact on the individual has a unique contribution to make towards teachers' critical understanding of the linkage between global discourses and local narrative and the way it is shaping both the education system and the identity of learners.

South African Journal of Education Vol.23(4) 2003: 307-312

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