Foundations of Education


Defines comparative education.

Key Concepts

  • comparative education

Defining Comparative Education

Much of the course content in the Fall term will focus on Ontario education, but the course begins by going wide, exploring the myriad ways teachers teach and students learn around the world.

It is easy to take for granted that with which we are familiar. It is likely that most of the students in this course (as well as the Fall term instructor) were solely schooled in Ontario. Other students will have had the experience of being educated in another province or country.

There is much to be learned about Ontario’s system of education by comparing and contrasting it with how students learn in schools around the world.

Comparative education is a field of scholarly inquiry which compares and contrasts the systems of education in two or more jurisdictions.