Vavrus publishes book on comparative education
Frances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has published a new book, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Co-edited with Lesley Bartlett, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, it is considered a "must read" for researchers in the field of comparative and international development education, including those working primarily in the United States. The book unites a dynamic group of scholars who examine the appropriation of educational policies and programs across diverse regions; the concepts of 'participation' and 'sustainability' in international development discourse; the political economy of 'diversity'; and education in post-conflict settings. Using vertical case studies and multi-sited ethnographies, the authors encourage new ways of thinking about comparative educational policy and practice, from the U.S. to Ireland, Tanzania to Liberia, Brazil to Peru, Pakistan to Lebanon.