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Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States

Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging «Intelligent Society and Economy»

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Edited By Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler

The volume is concerned with educational developments in small and microstates, a topic that has only relatively recently started to attract the attention it deserves. It is guided by the questions (i) if and how small and microstates deal with policy challenges to their education systems that are particularly important for their future development and (ii) whether there is something like typical «small / microstate behavior.» The volume seeks to contribute to a genuinely comparative approach to education in small and microstates. Moreover, widening conventional definitions of smallness, it aims to advance research in the field not only in a thematic but also in a theoretical perspective. Overall, the volume seeks to expand our understanding of small and microstates – and by implication of big states as well –, especially regarding what is general and what is particular about their behavior.

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Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-Reading Educational Developments in Small (and Micro) States (Tavis D. Jules / Patrick Ressler)

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Tavis D. Jules and Patrick Ressler

Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-Reading Educational Developments in Small (and Micro) States

This volume is concerned with a topic that has only relatively recently started to attract the attention it deserves: educational developments in small states. The volume is guided by the question (i) if and how small states deal with certain policy challenges to their education systems that research has identified as particularly important for their future development, and (ii) whether there is something like typical ‘small state behavior’ in educational matters. The volume seeks to contribute to a genuinely comparative approach to education in small states. Moreover, widening conventional definitions of smallness, it aims to advance research in the field not only in a thematic but also in a theoretical perspective. Overall, the volume seeks to expand our understanding of small states – and by implication of ‘big’ states as well –, especially regarding what is general and what is particular about their ‘behavior.’

Small states do not always fit into the cookie-cutter models of global development targets, benchmarks, and agendas, such as Jomtien and Dakar. International agendas are frequently way too reductionist and unspecific to match the particular situation of individual states, particularly the situation of many small states. Educational research on small states often contributes to this unsatisfying condition as it frequently focuses on a “vulnerability paradigm”1 that views small states largely from the perspective of economic,...

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