Comparative education - OPDQ1P113B
Title: Comparative education
Guaranteed by: Ústav výzkumu a rozvoje vzdělávání (41-UVRV)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: both
E-Credits: 0
Hours per week, examination: 0/0, other [HT]
Extent per academic year: 40 [hours]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: combined
Teaching methods: combined
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
enabled for web enrollment
can be fulfilled in the future
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D.
Interchangeability : OD0133003, OIDQ1P106
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Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (11.10.2023)
The course Comparative education provides deeper understanding of the field and its theoretical and methodological foundations. Participants will submit their application for the course via following link ( before 30 January 2024.
Aim of the course
Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (11.10.2023)

This aim of the course is to deepen the theoretical knowledge of the comparative education as a field of study and develop practical skills related to the evaluation, design and conduct of comparative studies. At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge of the evolution of comparative education as a field along with its changing orientations in the history, explore and critically examine the role of various stakeholders who use, broker, and produce knowledge in comparative education.
  2. Critically evaluate the quality of comparative education research studies with a reflective understanding of the role of context and limitations of the chosen methods and data for comparison.
  3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to produce their own small-scale comparative study within a theme covered in the course or related to one’s own dissertation thesis.
Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (11.10.2023)

Bray, M.; Adamson, B.; Mason, M. (Eds.) (2014). Comparative Education Research. Approaches and Methods. Hong Kong: Springer.

Philips, D., & Schweisfurth, M. (2014). Comparative and International Education: An Introduction to Theory, Method, and Practice. Bloomsbury, New York.

Manzon, M. (2011). Comparative education: The construction of a field. Springer Science & Business Media.

Suter, L., Smith, E., & Denman, B. (2019). Handbook of comparative studies in education. Sage.

Syllabus - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (17.02.2024)
  1. Research field, basic terms and concepts, structure and functions of comparative education. Development of comparative education as a field, comparative education in different times and regions of the world, institutional infrastructure of comparative education.
  2. Comparative education in different times and regions of the world, globalization and de-globalisation, stakeholders that produce or use comparative education knowledge, (mis)use of comparative education knowledge, risks and benefits of policy lending and policy borrowing.

  3. Types of comparative studies. Ways and methods of making (appropriate) comparisons. Selection of units and criteria for comparison. Criteria of quality of comparative education research. Cultural and typological differences in educational systems, tools of comparison (ISCED 2011, quality indicators), sources of information and data for the comparative education and education system.
  4. Global issues in education, education around the world and in Europe, trends and selected issues in educational systems.
Entry requirements
Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (11.10.2023)

The course is open to doctoral students in 2nd or higher year of their studies.

Students should be able to communicate in English (at B1 level minimum).

Course completion requirements
Last update: doc. PhDr. Vít Šťastný, Ph.D. (11.10.2023)

The assessment is based on (a) active participation in the course, discussions based on reading assignments and continuous coursework (b) presentation and defense of a course final paper.

Students are required to attend at least 80 % of the compulsory course sessions. 

More details about the final paper will be presented during the first teaching session.