Comparative Education

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  • A field in which researchers compare aspects of formal, nonformal, or informal education in two or more countries. Researchers seek to understand educational systems and policies in their sociocultural, political, economic, philosophical, theoretical, and historical aspects. Formal education refers to K-12 schooling in public and private school settings. Nonformal education refers to education that is offered outside the formal sector to both children and adults by agencies and organizations such as CARE, 4-H, the YMCA, and so forth. Informal education refers to the transfer of information that occurs through interaction of family or community members when they participate in a pleasure or work-related activity.

    Comparative education is a subfield of international education, in which researchers study and report on education in countries other than the United ...

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