“Other Fields and Ours: Academic Discourse and the Nature of Comparative Education”
The paper begins with the broad analysis of the nature of academic enquiry and the culture of disciplines. It then turns to the work of scholars who have classified components of study in the field of educational sciences and who have located the place of comparative education. The paper notes that comparative education is an interdisciplinary field of study which therefore welcomes inputs of many types. However, it also observes that parts of the field of comparative education are poorly defined and lacking in focus. The paper remarks on the extent to which comparative education learns from the major disciplines which contribute to it. It also notes ways in it would be desirable to strengthen the field of comparative education.
The field of comparative education is by nature interdisciplinary, and purports to be both wide-ranging and able to offer perspectives which are of value to most other fields in the domain of educational studies.