The International Encyclopedia of Education
12-Volume SetEdited by
- T.N. Postlethwaite, Professor of Comparative Education, University of Hamburg, Germany
- Torsten Husen, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Scholarly information in all fields of human knowledge is in continuous flux. Educational practices change not only as a result of reforms which are the subject of legislation, but also in response to new societal demands, needs, and changes in the economic conditions in different countries. It is this change within the various fields of education and the fact that many of the entries in the first edition were written in the early 1980s which convinced the editors in 1990 of the need for a completely new edition of the Encyclopedia.
The vast majority of entries in the second edition are completely new; in only a few cases, have entries from the first edition or from the supplementary volumes, been updated. New entries have also been commissioned on specific topics: sociology of education, girls and women in education, the history of education, anthropology, philosophy of education and instructional psychology, so that the scope of the original sections has been expanded.
Every effort has been made to present the most up-to-date information about the theme dealt with in each entry. Authors were selected on the strength of their 'worldwide' knowledge of the topic on which they were asked to write. The authors of over 1,200 entries represent 96 countries. The Honorary Editorial Advisory Board helped ensure that a balance was achieved and contacts with international organizations assisted in selecting authors with a good international overview. Particular attention has been paid to the inclusion of entries of special concern to the Third World. This is clearly evident in those entries dealing with educational and policy planning, economics of education, vocational education and comparative education.
Published: April 1994
This updated second edition promises to be even more useful to the educational and scholarship community around the world. Drawing upon highly respected scholars in all the multifarious areas of education - ranging from the most technical empirical methods to the broadest aspects of educational policy making - this work can serve as the reference of first resort for both newcomers and veterans.
N.L. Gage, Stanford University, USA ,
Such has been the rapid pace of change in education during the last decade, that there is little need for the editors-in-chief of
The International Encyclopedia of Educationto justify a substantially rewritten second edition ten years after the first. In recent years key areas such as curriculum, economics of education, evaluation and measurement and, in particular, developments in teaching and teacher education, have all undergone substantial change. The Encyclopediaprovides authoritative and well researched surveys of these fields. The Encyclopediashould serve two particular audiences well. The first is the general readership of teachers in education faculties and their students requiring up-to-date overviews of developments in a particular field. The Encyclopediawill also be of great value to researchers because it provides in ways not available elsewhere, an international perspective on current work. The last decade has shown us that many education problems are common to most countries and educational research is increasingly being carried out within an international cooperatvive framework. The Encyclopediashould act as a further stimulus and provide invaluable support for these endeavours. I welcome its publication and will make use of it.
Maurice Galton, University of Leicester, UK ,
This splendid second edition of
The International Encyclopedia of Educationis more than just a learned report on what has been happening in education. It is also formative and judgemental, and this is its real significance. The great merit of this Encyclopedialies in its constructiveness. It helps to establish the foundations of the study of education - by being factual, reflective, and evaluative in a comprehensive way. Users of the Encyclopediacan see some of the best minds in each field selecting and assessing in Matthew Arnold's words "the best that has been said and thought" in those areas.
W.F. Connell, The University of Sydney, Australia ,
...should be available in any self respecting library with an interest in education... Not only is it beautifully produced but the cross-referencing between articles, the excellent development of themes and topics, and the extremely useful Volume 12 consisting of a list of contributors, subject and name indices and the classified list of entries make this a very "user friendly" encyclopedia... immensely readable... informative and up to date.
International Journal of Educational Development
The 2nd edition is even more impressive [than the first] and must be viewed as a premier resource when judged on virtually every criteria applied to a reference work.
...without question, the most complete and comprehensive reference source in the English language on education.... The authors are among the top scholars in their fields, and they bring authority as well as knowledge to their subjects...outstanding in their coverage of complex and rapidly changing disciplines.... The entries are benchmarks for research as they are, generally, excellent state-of-the-art discussions...superbly edited, well organized, thoughtfully indexed, and clearly written.
Philip G. Altbach , ARBA
...will be welcomed by those scholars of education who have come to rely on the
Encyclopediaas an accessible first point of reference in their day-to-day work.... Some 90% of the entries have been newly commissioned, with a rather larger percentage of new contributors. The work is therefore more than a substantial revision: it is effectively new...the coverage of IEEis quite remarkable...of high scholarly quality, not condescending in style, up-to-date, meticulously referenced and including a bibliography... The main strength of the second edition of this remarkable publication lies in its proven ability to provide a quick and reliable introduction to most topics in education on which the specialist, the student and the casual inquirer are likely to require information.... While still finding the first edition of IEEof use, I have been using the second edition for several months now and have found it to be quite invaluable for my own purposes and for those of students.... It is a most welcome successor to the first edition, and is likely to be a standard source of reference for many years to come.
David Phillips , Oxford Review of Education
It should be emphasized that this work is not merely an updating of the old edition. Ninety per cent of the articles and contributors are new, commensurate with the wide ranging changes and developments that have taken place in the interval.... For anyone concerned with education, this highly user-friendly publication will be immensely valuable as a research tool, an information source and a stimulus to deeper study.
Christopher McIntosh et al. , International Review of Education
Overall this is a very successful updating of an already proven reference work, the new edition maintaining and if anything improving on the high standards set by the original...an authoritative, well balanced and well produced reference source which should be treated with respect as a major contribution in its field.
J Gordon Brewer, Librarian, Institute of Education, University of London ,
- Over 1,200 entries, structured alphabetically, organized thematically around the following 22 major educational themes. Adult Education. Anthropology. Comparative and International Education. Curriculum. Economics of Education. Educational Administration. Educational Evaluation. Educational Research, Methodology, and Measurement. Educational Technology. Girls and Women in Education. History and Historiography of Education. Human Development. Instructional Psychology. Philosophy of Education. Policy and Planning. Preschool Education. Sociology of Education. Special Needs Education. Systems of Education. Teaching. Teacher Education. Vocational Education and Training.