Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and its Application by John C. Weidman

By John C. Weidman

We're happy to introduce this inaugural quantity within the PSCIE Series-Beyond the Comparative: Advancing concept and Its software to Practice-which expands at the lifestyles paintings of collage of Pittsburgh Professor Rolland G. Paulston (1930-2006). famous as a stalwart within the box of comparative and overseas schooling, Paulston's most generally well-known contribution is in social cartography. He validated that mapping comparative, foreign, and improvement schooling (CIDE) isn't any effortless job and, reckoning on the viewpoint of the mapper, there's a number of cartographies to chart. The 35 individuals to this quantity, representing a number senior and junior students from a number of CIDE backgrounds and views, have fun the existence and paintings of Paulston through addressing matters, views and techniques on the topic of charting the long run process the sphere. the quantity experiences on new learn in numerous genres in addition to conceptual research. because the identify indicates, authors have been inspired to move "beyond" validated canons of CIDE. the canopy paintings, The CIDE Theoretical Compass, used to be conceptualized via the editors and depicts that conception choice and concept new release are an ongoing and significant approach in comparative, overseas, and improvement schooling (CIDE). the picture used to be designed through artist Natalie Jacob, which positions the CIDE Theoretical Compass over Rolland G. Paulston's 1993 concentric circle map.

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His position is supported by Robert Cowen (1996), who argues for a more inclusive comparative education that goes beyond traditional issues and even includes poststructuralism and transitology. Paulston could easily join with Michael Crossley (1990), a comparative education ethnographer, who argues that the “paradigm wars” be replaced by generous inclusivity. Still, much work needs to be done to overcome the theoretical and methodological separations and disparities found in the field. Paulston laments the contentious divisions in the field, particularly those representing differing disciplines and their respective methodologies.

They argue that social cartography gives a plate tectonics rationale to policy research, with four continental scholarly perspectives advocated by Paulston: technical rationalist, critical rationalist, hermeneutical constructionist, and deconstructive perspectivist. Each of these four perspectives is explored by Yamamoto and McClure with specific examples of policy framing, formation, and practice. ” Chapters 10, 11 and 12 all examine social cartography from a gender lens. Nelly P. Stromquist notes how the definition of gender has shifted over time in Chapter 10, and centers her discussion around three social cartographic concepts: space, site, and interconnection.

Rodman presents his International Education Matrix Model as a tool for all involved in CIDE. C. J. JACOB within the greater international education community—which Rodman compares to a house with a 1,000 windows. Too often CIDE researchers act independently within their own theoretical or methodological realm; it is as if most are limited to seeing CIDE from a single window within the greater CIDE community of a 1,000 windows. Rodman argues that the Matrix Model allows individuals to break out of this isolationist tendency to recognize other perspectives and at the same time position themselves within the greater community.

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