Inter-regional Comparative Studies
Studies addressing educational trends and reforms in various regions around the world have been undertaken by the Community of Practice. Their analyses are useful as case studies contributing to identifying commonalities and differences between regions in relation to education systems and curricular processes. The following are some examples:
- “Educational Reform and Curriculum Change in China” (2007), prepared by Zhou Nanzhao and Zhu Muju, presents an overview of the education system in China, and examines the implementation of a system-wide educational reform policy since 1996, with a special focus on basic education curriculum change.
- “Hacia un Análisis Comparado de la Educación en China y los Países del Cono Sur” (2007), prepared by Jason Beech, and Daniel Brailovsky, examines and compares education policies and implementation in both China and the Southern Cone countries. The objective of this study is to better understand the impact of the international discourse on schooling and global pedagogical approaches in both regions. It also aims to clarify the extent to which both regions have advanced towards EFA goals. Finally, it highlights the importance of two very different cultures learning from each other.
- “Outcomes and Trends in Inclusive Education at Regional and Interregional Levels: Issues and Challenges” (2008), prepared by Renato Opertti and Carolina Belalcázar, presents an overview of the identified challenges, strategies and practices related to inclusive education in different regions. It is based on the preparatory workshops and conferences on inclusive education for the International Conference on Education (November 2008, Geneva). From these regional outcomes, it establishes inter-regional trends.
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