Edmund King (1914–2002): other schools, other ideas, other methods, and ours

Schweisfurth, M. (2020) Edmund King (1914–2002): other schools, other ideas, other methods, and ours. In: Phillips, D. (ed.) British Scholars of Comparative Education. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780429285615 (doi:10.4324/9780429285615)

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Abstract

As well as making distinctive contributions to the field as a researcher, theorist, founder of journals and organisations, and teacher, Edmund King also helped to shape some of its perennial debates and shifting boundaries in his interactions with other comparativists of his time. King’s contributions to the field were institutional, methodological, conceptual, and empirical. King’s approach to comparative education methodology was pragmatic. King’s eclectic methodological approach, while often narrative in presentation, acknowledged both the importance of facts and the role of the observers’ perceptions in understanding them. Important contemporary debates within comparative education also have antecedents in King’s work. The field has highlighted the importance of interculturality and the differing but complementary roles of insiders and outsiders. King’s work has much to say about this. How the researcher approaches the object of research, and what he or she brings along from the home culture, are central to King’s methodological writings.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schweisfurth, Professor Michele
Authors: Schweisfurth, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISBN:9780429285615

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