From Nation-State to the World-Space: the historical conditions of the compared education renewal

Comparative education has had varying success during its evolution. After a long period of unresolved tensions and even ostracism, when toiling to satisfy both the utilitarian injunctions of the politics and the theoretical and conceptual requirements of the academic sphere, the comparative and international research in education has made a vigorous reappearance these last ten years. As a matter of fact, now faced with new knowledge challenges, to which it partly owes its revival, comparative education will have to reconstitute itself according to such cultural changes as the growth of transcultural educational problems, the weakening of the Nation States that has accompanied the strengthening of supra- or infra-national identity territories (such as Europe and the regions, respectively) and phenomena of cultural expansion and interdependency (globalization). These are the civilizational conversions whose challenges and sense are discussed here.

Compared education; Comparative method; Transcultural education

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