Introduction: Comparative and international education as an infinite field

Alexander W. Wiseman, C. C. Wolhuter

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The scope and breadth of the field of comparative and international education (CIE) is immense. There are few, if any, limitations on theme, issue, theory, method, or data that are relevant to CIE. In addition, every context or combination of contexts - social, political, economic, cultural - are available for both CIE scholars and professionals to do research on or work in. The flexibility and scope of the field can be a benefit, but create serious challenges to those who work in and study it. It also poses problems for those attempting to professionalize the field by creating areas of specialization or ownership. At the same time, the development of the field has historically been one of push and pull between international educational agendas and organizations with local or stakeholder-driven needs and situations. This chapter highlights those challenges and introduces the volume’s chapters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
ISSN (Print)1479-3679


  • Comparative education
  • Development education
  • International education
  • Multidisciplinarity
  • Scope of field
  • Secondary analysis


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