Comparative Education in Transition: Evaluating the Historical Development of Comparative Education in East Asia

Issue 28

“Comparative Education in Transition: Evaluating the Historical Development of Comparative Education in East Asia”

Theodore G. Zervas

Page 29 – 44

Abstract

Today, the field of comparative education includes an international array of scholars, several academic journals,and academic departments and institutes located at colleges and universities worldwide. While the field of comparative education has historically had a strong presence in Europe and North America, it is only in the last few decades that interest in comparative education has increased in East Asia. This article examines the historical development of comparative education in East Asia and discusses how political, economic, and social factors led to the growth of the field in the region. While all the nations and territories surveyed in this article continue to have a strong presence of comparative education, the growth of the field varied by country and territory. Ultimately, economic, social, and political factors all led to the growth of the field in the region.

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