Methodological Challenges of Comparative Education in the Global Society

Alexander López


The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the challenges that comparative education is facing in the global society, particularly due to the impact of ICT in education systems. We focus on the comparative method, still relevant in the new situation, but which should now go beyond its affinity with units of analysis such as the nation state or territory. One of the considerations in the current debate is that the state can no longer be the standard for the study of phenomena that have spread beyond territories and nations. This suggests the development of a comparative and global method that explores these transformations in the object of study. The method uses referential and also virtual units of analysis which, in certain cases, refer to the subjectivity of people or discursive sets. The comparative and global method will also have to consider the diversification of its own borders, and constantly adapt to social and personal dissonances.


comparative and global method; comparative method; global culture; global society; higher education

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