International comparative education is a field devoted to the cross-national study of education and culture. CIEDR faculty have combined strengths in the areas of democratic citizenship education and international education. The work of the Center is globally-focused, with particular interest in educational improvement and citizen identity formation in developing regions, such as (but not limited to) Africa and the Middle East, and with historically marginalized populations in the United States.
In light of increasing pluralism and greater global interdependence, the CIEDR supports the university's strategic international education initiatives to foster global understanding and cultural competency. CIEDR activities feature a number of distinct attributes, including an educational focus to research or a social problem, an international or cross-cultural interdisciplinary emphasis, and attention to education and development in local and global spaces.
The types of questions that CIEDR faculty and students pursue include:
- How do various markers of identity (e.g., cultural, social, political, and religious) shape educational policies and practices in various countries?
- How can schools, higher education institutions, and communities that have been historically marginalized from resources and opportunities overcome inequities and other barriers through education?
- How do race, gender, and socioeconomic status influence the kind and amount of education students receive and their experiences in schools and communities?
- What are the possibilities and limitations of globalization and its effects on cultures, nations, education, educational systems?
Faculty and students from a variety of colleges across campus—namely the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences—work together and with local and international partners to address such questions.