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The SAGE Handbook of Research in International Education

The SAGE Handbook of Research in International Education

Second Edition
Edited by:

October 2015 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The landscape of international education has changed significantly in the last ten years and our understanding of concepts such as ‘international’, 'global' and ‘multicultural’ are being re-evaluated.

Fully updated and revised, and now including new contributions from research in South East Asia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Australasia, and North America, the new edition of this handbook analyses the origins, interpretations and contributions of international education and explores key contemporary developments, including:

  • internationalism in the context of teaching and learning
  • leadership, standards and quality in institutions and systems of education
  • the promotion of internationalism in national systems

This important collection of research is an essential resource for anyone involved in the practice and academic study of international education, including researchers and teachers in universities, governmental and private curriculum development agencies, examination authorities, administrators and teachers in schools.


Part I: Historical Roots, Definitions and Current Interpretations
Robert Sylvester
Historical Resources for Research in International Education (1851–1950)
Ian Hill
The History and Development of International-Mindedness
Terry Haywood
International-Mindedness and its Enemies
Konrad Gunesch
Cosmopolitanism and Cosmopolitan Cultural Identity as a Model to Enrich International Education
Martin Skelton
International-Mindedness and the Brain: the Difficulties of ‘Becoming’
Boyd Roberts
Education for a Different World – how International Education responds to Change
Harriet Marshall
The Global Education Terminology Debate: Exploring Some of the Issues
Mark Bray
International and Comparative Education: Boundaries, Ambiguities and Synergies
Rauni Räsänen
International Education as an Ethical Issue
Michael Allan
Voices from Abroad: a Contextual Approach to Educational Research and Cultural Diversity
James Cambridge
Realism and Antirealism in International Education Research
Hugh Lauder
International Schools, Education and Globalisation: Towards a Research Agenda
Part II: Internationalism in the Context of Teaching and Learning
Richard Pearce
Culture and Identity: a Method for Exploring Individuals within Groups
Kenneth Cushner
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
Trevor Grimshaw
Critical Perspectives on Language in International Education
Lucas Walsh
The Tail Wagging the Dog? Emergent Trends and Drivers of International Digital Education
Apostolos Koutropoulos and Alan Girelli
The Intersection of Learning, Globalization and Technology: Historical Perspectives and Future Outlooks
Theo Wubbels
A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Classroom Management
Jack Levy and Rebecca Fox
Pre-Service Teacher Preparation for International Settings
Iris van Werven
Preparing Globally Competent Teachers for the International School Context
Perry den Brok and Jan van Tartwijk
Teacher-Student Interpersonal Communication in International Education
Tristan Bunnell
International Schools and International Curricula: a Changing Relationship
Fazal Rizvi
Internationalization of Curriculum: A Critical Perspective
Cheryl Lynn Duckworth
International and Peace Education in the 21st Century: Acknowledging Differences, Optimizing Collaboration
Gillian MacNaughton and Dimity Peter
Social Inclusion: a Core Value of International Education
Part III: Leadership, Standards and Quality in Institutions and Systems of Education
Kevin Bartlett, Andrew Davies and William Gerritz
Developing Learning-Focused International Schools: a Case Study of Two Schools
Wilf Stout
The Promotion of International Education in Formal Institutions: Potential for Conflict?
Darlene Fisher
Organisational Culture and School Leadership
Richard Caffyn
Fragmentation in Schools: a Micropolitical Discourse of Management, Culture and Postmodern Society
Michael Fertig
Quality Assurance in National and International Schools: Accreditation, Authorisation and Inspection
David Phillips
Investigating Educational Policy Transfer
Robin Shields
Measurement and Isomorphism in International Education
Dennis Niemann and Kerstin Martens
Monitoring Standards of Education Worldwide: PISA and its Consequences
Part IV: Promoting Internationalism and Globalisation in National Systems: Case Studies
Robert Harrison
International Education in Canada and the United States: an Emerging Community of Interest
Bassel Akar and Maria Ghosn-Chelala
Education for Cosmopolitan Citizenship in the Arab Region
Silvina Gvirtz and Jason Beech
The Internationalization of Education Policy in Latin America
Catherine Doherty and Julie McLaughlin
Internationalising School Curriculum in Australasia: as Niche, by Test or at Heart?
Wenfan Yan, Yumei Han and Yao Cai
Internationalisation and Globalisation in Chinese K–12 Schools and Universities
Moosung Lee and Ewan Wright
Elite Schools in International Education Markets in East Asia: Emerging Patterns, Successes and Challenges
Naoko Kakuta
Teaching for the Earth or Teaching for the Nation? International Education in Japan

"This edition will certainly help to improve education standards in many countries including Canada and the United States. Technology has linked all nations and this book will link all systems of higher education and research in the world for the benefit of all nations and students. Therefore, it is highly recommended for all academic libraries and major public libraries in all countries."

R. N. Sharma

Hayden, Levy and Thompson should again be congratulated for bringing together such a diverse range of authors, not only increasing our understandings of research into international education, but providing a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a number of related fields

Dr Richard Race
Senior Lecturer in Education in the School of Education at Roehampton University

This book is an excellent jump-off point for every scholar and student who aims to enter the fascinating and highly controversial world of international education. With an impressive collection of world-leading scholars contributing up-to-date conceptual and empiric chapters together with editorial framing of the future directions and emerging trends, this is an essential guide to the field.

Miri Yemini
School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Hayden, Levy and Thompson have constructed a unique resource for anyone involved or interested in international education.  Drawing on the collective wisdom of a virtual who’s-who in the area, the book provides advice, insights and challenges for methodologists, applied researchers, graduate students and international educators.  If you’re interested in this increasingly important area, and we all should be, it’s a must have.

Allan Walker
Joseph Lau Chair Professor of International Educational Leadership, Hong Kong Institute of Education

The revised Handbook is a ‘must have’ for anyone remotely interested in international education, international schooling and the impacts of globalization and internationalisation on education.  Internationally renowned Hayden, Levy and Thompson, once again draw together the who’s who within the field to provide a global snapshot of policy, practices and philosophies inherent in international education.  Educators across the globe should have this Handbook on their bookshelves as it offers a contemporary and analytical view of what is a fast paced, ever-changing field of study. I look forward to embedding this book within my postgraduate program. 

Susan Ledger
Director of Engagement, Professional Experience and International Education. Murdoch University School of Education

The updated and richly extended Second Edition is an essential resource for both researchers and practitioners to grasp the globally increasing salience of international education—at ‘home’ and ‘abroad’—and its take up via a growing set of research streams. Broad in scope and rich in analysis, the Sage Handbook of Research in International Education commendably achieves its purposes.

Paul Tarc
Associate Professor in Education, Western University, Ontario

The 2nd edition of the SAGE Handbook of Research in International Education is a welcomed and timely contribution to the field.  Additional chapters in intercultural competence, organizational development and peace education as well as other significant revisions to the text continue to expand our views of the field and the lens that we use to define, describe and capture international education.  I recommend this as a foundational text for graduate studies in international education as well as for K-12 schools and those exploring the field.

Beverly D. Shaklee
Director of Center for International Education, George Mason University

This volume is a very welcome update of the Handbook. Like the first edition, it offers a critical and analytical interpretation of many of the big debates in international school education, from international-mindedness to digital technology. These will be of interest to both teaching practitioners and academic researchers. What the editors and contributors have succeeded in doing admirably is taking these debates forward into the next decade, by raising issues which international schools must address. Such issues include educators’ roles in creating more socially inclusive societies, and the effects that a growing global elite and a neo-liberal focus on education standards will have on school systems worldwide.

International school teachers, PGCE (International) students, and educational researchers will all find this volume a crucial and valuable text.

Lucy Cooker
Assistant Professor, Course Leader PGCEi, The University of Nottingham

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