This volume of "International Perspectives on Education and Society" highlights the valuable role that educational policy plays in the development of education and society around the world. The role of policy in the development of education is crucial. Much rests on the decisions, support, and most of all resources that policymakers can either give or withhold in any given situation. The eleven chapters in this volume present persuasive arguments that the internationalization of educational policy has a wide and irreversible effect on schooling and society around the world. Indeed, educational policy is intricately woven into the development of societies. Chapters range from empirical investigations of educational policies impact on national schooling trends to narrative histories of policy-important multilateral organizations and professional societies. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Sheng Y. Cheng, Holger Daun, Diane G. Gal, Stephen P. Heyneman, W. James Jacob, Nancy O. Kendall, Veronica Martini, Mary Ann Maslak, Diane B. Napier, Jordan Naidoo, and David N. Wilson.
The Worldwide Explosion of Internationalized Education Policy; The History and Problems in the Making of Education Policy at the World Bank, 1960-2000; Implementing Educational Transformation Policies: Investigating Issues of Ideal Versus Real in Developing Countries; Education Decentralization in Africa: Great Expectations and Unfulfilled Promises; Free Primary Education in Malawi: The Practice of Global Policy in Aid-Dependent States; Re-Positioning Females in the International Educational Context: Theoretical Frameworks, Shared Policies and Future Directions; Education on the Transnational Stage: A Shared Spotlight, A Pocket of Hope; Globalization of Education and Stigma: A Senegalese Case Study; Metatheory Analysis of Comparative, International, and Development Education (CIDE) Research; Global Perspectives for Teacher Education; The World Council of Comparative Education Societies: A Preliminary History.