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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»


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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ARUNA ANKIAH-GANGADEEN is an Associate Professor in the English Department, School of Arts and Humanities, at the Mauritius Institute of Education. Her research interests include teaching English as a second/foreign language, language learning and teaching in multilingual contexts, teacher identity and narrative inquiry. The issue of language-in-education policies in small island states is a new terrain that she is currently exploring. Additionally, she is involved in producing English textbooks – at both primary and secondary levels –, which she strives to contextualize in line with insights from her research and experience in the field of education.

SARDAR M. ANWARUDDIN is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. His articles have appeared in the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Policy Futures in Education, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Professional Development in Education, Discourse, Teaching in Higher Education, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Reflective Practice, and Educational Philosophy and Theory. His current research interests include research utilization, ab/uses of technology in educational contexts, and critical approaches to language education.

ANNA BALDACCHINO has been involved in early childhood education for the past 25 years, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a lecturer at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (2013-2016) and the Faculty of Education at the...

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