International Encyclopedia of Education

3rd Edition

Hardcover ISBN: 9780080448930
eBook ISBN: 9780080448947
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 7th May 2010
Page Count: 8400

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The field of education has experienced extraordinary technological, societal, and institutional change in recent years, making it one of the most fascinating yet complex fields of study in social science.

Unequalled in its combination of authoritative scholarship and comprehensive coverage, International Encyclopedia of Education, Third Edition succeeds two highly successful previous editions (1985, 1994) in aiming to encapsulate research in this vibrant field for the twenty-first century reader. Under development for five years, this work encompasses over 1,000 articles across 24 individual areas of coverage, and is expected to become the dominant resource in the field.

Education is a multidisciplinary and international field drawing on a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines, and this new edition comprehensively matches this diversity. The diverse background and multidisciplinary subject coverage of the Editorial Board ensure a balanced and objective academic framework, with 1,500 contributors representing over 100 countries, capturing a complete portrait of this evolving field.

Key Features

  • A totally new work, revamped with a wholly new editorial board, structure and brand-new list of meta-sections and articles
  • Developed by an international panel of editors and authors drawn from senior academia
  • Web-enhanced with supplementary multimedia audio and video files, hotlinked to relevant references and sources for further study
  • Incorporates ca. 1,350 articles, with timely coverage of such topics as technology and learning, demography and social change, globalization, and adult learning, to name a few
  • Offers two content delivery options - print and online - the latter of which provides anytime, anywhere access for multiple users and superior search functionality via ScienceDirect, as well as multimedia content, including audio and video files


Of interest to Educators and researchers in education of all backgrounds. Readers will include undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, teachers and lecturers, and professionals. The wide coverage will make it an invaluable source of information for scholars and students inside and outside the discipline.

Table of Contents

Adult Education
Adult Education - Adult Learning, Instruction and Program Planning
Adult Education - as a Field of Study
Adult Education – Concepts
Lifelong Learning (Read sample chapter)
Adult Education - Domains and Provision
Adult Education - Economy and Society
Adult Education - Participation
Comparative Education
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Development - Contexts
Curriculum Development - Evaluation and Research
Curriculum Development - Planning and Development
Curriculum Development - Subject Matter
Curriculum Development – Theory
Early Childhood Curriculum and Developmental Theory (Read sample chapter)
Demography and Social Change
Demography and Social Change - Demography
Demography and Social Change - Social Change
Demography and Social Change - Sociology
Early Childhood Care and Education Theory
Early Childhood Education and Care Governance
Early Childhood Education and Care Investment
Early Childhood Education and Care Programs
Early Childhood Education and Care Provision
Early Childhood Education and Care Research
Early Childhood Education and Care Theory
Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce
Economics of Education
Economics of Education - Costs and Financing of Schooling
Economics of Education - External Benefits of Schooling
Economics of Education - Labor Markets, Education and Earnings
Economics of Education - Markets, Incentives and School Choice
Economics of Education - Production of Schooling
Economics of Education - Teaching Labor Markets
Education of Children with Special Needs
Education of Professionals
Education Research Methodology: Quantitative Methods and Research
Educational Assessment
Educational Assessment - Assessment Activities
Educational Assessment - Assessment in Domains
Educational Assessment - Concepts and Issues
Educational Assessment - Enhancing Quality an


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"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 Education to 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 Encyclopedia provides authoritative and well-researched surveys of these fields. The Encyclopedia should 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 Encyclopedia will 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 Encyclopedia should 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 Encyclo