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International Research

  • By: John Chi Kin Lee
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

In conventional curriculum inquiry, there has been a tendency to study curriculum as locally and nationally distinctive. Nonetheless, international research in curriculum studies has often been pursued using comparative and historical approaches, transcending national boundaries. The focus in this entry is on the basic approaches to and issues highlighted in international comparative curriculum research, including international curriculum discourses, internationalization of curriculum studies, and transnational curriculum inquiry.

Basic Approaches and Issues

One of the basic issues in international comparative curriculum research is the extent to which one nation's curriculum and its curriculum-making processes can be explained by a common international or global context and to what extent the particular sociocultural contexts of single national systems should be taken into account. Moritz Rosenmund, for example, has analyzed different levels ...

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