Themes of diversity, comparison, and contextualisation over Compare’s history

Petrina M. Davidson, Nino Dzotsinedze, Maureen F. Park, Alexander W. Wiseman

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The 50-year anniversary of Compare creates a moment to reflect on the trends and status of the journal itself and where it is situated in the field of comparative and international education. This article presents an examination of Compare’s articles to consider how the contents have reflected trends and changes in CIE. The results of a qualitative time-series analysis of published articles from the past five decades highlight the trends, patterns, and milestone events. Historically, articles published in Compare have been dominated by authors affiliated with institutions from the Global North, however there has been an increasing focus in the articles themselves on countries from the Global South. Qualitative articles have occupied the majority of articles throughout Compare’s history. In addition to these findings, this article presents a more nuanced view of the history of Compare’s article publications and its position in comparative education, international education, and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1086-1103
Number of pages18
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Compare
  • comparative education
  • development education
  • international education
  • journal articles


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