Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States

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

by Tavis D. Jules (Volume editor) Patrick Ressler (Volume editor)
©2017 Edited Collection 284 Pages


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.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Acronyms
  • Tables and Figures
  • Biographies
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-Reading Educational Developments in Small (and Micro) States (Tavis D. Jules / Patrick Ressler)
  • Developing a Bigger Picture: Re-Theorising, Applying, and Extending the Education in Small States Literature (Michael Crossley / Terra Sprague)
  • Part II: Re-Thinking and Expanding the Geometries of Smallness: Does Size Matter?
  • Expanding the Definition of Small States: How Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas are a Small State That ‘Talks Big’ (Rolf Straubhaar)
  • Globalization, Technology, and Teacher Development: A Small State’s Big Initiative (Sardar M. Anwaruddin)
  • Part III: Post-Nationationalist Development Trajectories
  • Conceptualizing Early Childhood Education in Small States: Focus on Malta and Barbados (Anna Baldacchino / Godfrey Baldacchino)
  • Small States ‘Acting Big:’ How Minority Education Models in Post-Conflict Croatia and Kosovo Perpetuate Segregated Societies (Renata Horvatek / Armend Tahirsylaj)
  • Skill Development at the Nexus of the French and German Educational Models: The Case of Luxembourg (Lukas Graf / Daniel Tröhler)
  • Part IV: Post-Isolationist Geometries
  • Theorizing State Size Behavior and Transnational Higher Education: Jamaica and Malaysia (Nigel O. M. Brissett)
  • From a Distance: Small Island States and Their Global Partners (Michael Anthony Samuel / Hyleen Mariaye)
  • Navigating Between Outward-Looking Socioeconomic Aspirations and Inward-Looking International Education Drives for SIDS: Can Mauritius Sail Out of Cross-Currents? (Pascal Sylvain Nadal / Aruna Ankiah-Gangadeen / Evelyn Kee Mew)
  • Learning at the Top of the World: Education Policy Construction and Meaning in Bhutan (Matthew J. Schuelka)
  • When Borrowers Become Lenders: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Borrowing and Lending in Math Education Policy and Practices in Jamaica, Singapore, and the United Kingdom (Richard O. Welsh / Parna Banerjee)
  • Part V: Conclusion: Moving the Debate Forward
  • Geostrategic Projection and Projectability – Suggestions for an Agenda for Future Research in a Promising Field (Tavis D. Jules / Patrick Ressler)
  • Index
  • Series Index

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With thanks to all who bore with us during a project that took much longer than we envisaged: Jürgen Schriewer and Michael Crossley for their invaluable advice in conceptualizing this book, the authors, graduate students Devin Moss and Briellen Griffin for their editorial assistance, the Peter Lang team, the Office of Research Services of Loyola University Chicago for its financial assistance, and Jürgen Schriewer for accepting this volume into the Comparative Studies Series. ← 7 | 8 →

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List of Acronyms

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Tables and Figures


Table 1:The World’s Small States and Territories by Region
Table 2:Distribution of Minority Education Models in Croatia
Table 3:Distribution of Minority Education Models in Kosovo
Table 4:VET Programmes in Luxembourg at the Upper Secondary Level (Secondaire Technique)
Table 5:Qualifications at Secondary Level, 2012–2013 School Year
Table 6:Policy Environment Framework
Table 7:Political, Economic, Education, and Cultural Features of Jamaica, Singapore, and the United Kingdom
Table 8:Evolution of Math Education in Singapore, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom 1950–2016
Table 9:Policy Borrowing and Lending in Math Education Between Singapore, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom


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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 University of Malta (2016- present), both in the small island state of Malta. She has visited early childhood settings and/or delivered presentations on early childhood education in Australia, Barbados, Canada, China, Grenada, Japan, and Sweden. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, UK, writing her thesis on early childhood education policies and practices in small island states.

GODFREY BALDACCHINO (PhD Warwick, UK) is Pro-Rector for International Development and Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta; UNESCO co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) (2014- present); and incoming Executive Editor of Small States & Territories, a new open-access, on-line, peer-reviewed journal. He is the author ← 15 | 16 → or editor of over 40 books and monographs, plus some 130 book chapters and journal articles.

PARNA BANERJEE is a PhD student in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, US. Her research focuses on International and Comparative Education.

NIGEL O.M. BRISSETT holds a doctorate in international education policy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses primarily on how educational policies in post-colonial states are being impacted by national and regional interests, as well as global influences. His work is specifically attentive to the resulting challenges and opportunities facing traditionally marginalized groups with regard to educational access and equity. Dr. Brissett has worked extensively in the Caribbean in the area of tertiary educational outreach. He currently serves as assistant professor in Clark University’s International Development Community and Environment department.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2018 (October)
Microstates Small Open Economies Favelas Forth Industrial Revolution Methodology Theory Commonwealth
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2017. 284 pp.

Biographical notes

Tavis D. Jules (Volume editor) Patrick Ressler (Volume editor)

Tavis D. Jules is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, USA. Patrick Ressler is the Personal Advisor and Executive Assistant to the President of Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.


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