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The untapped promise of secondary data sets in international and comparative education policy research

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Published: 2016-11-07

Authors

Amita Chudgar

Michigan State University

Thomas F Luschei

Claremont Graduate University

Keywords: Secondary data; large-scale data; cross-national education policy research

Abstract

The objective of this commentary is to call attention to the feasibility and importance of large-scale, systematic, quantitative analysis in international and comparative education research. We contend that although many existing databases are under- or unutilized in quantitative international-comparative research, these resources present the opportunity for important, policy-relevant descriptive studies. We conclude the commentary with overarching observations about the strengths and limitations of such secondary data-based analysis.

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Author Biographies

Amita Chudgar

Michigan State University

Amita Chudgar is an associate professor at Michigan State University’s College of Education. Her long-term interests as a scholar focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds. Her recent publications include Teacher distribution in developing countries: Teachers of marginalized students in India, Mexico, and Tanzania, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2016, with Thomas F. Luschei) and “How are private school enrolment patterns changing across Indian districts with a growth in private school availability?” in the Oxford Review of Education (2016, with Benjamin Creed).

Thomas F Luschei

Claremont Graduate University

Thomas F. Luschei is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His research uses an international and comparative perspective to study the impact and availability of educational resources—particularly high-quality teachers—among economically disadvantaged children. His recent publications include Teacher distribution in developing countries: Teachers of marginalized students in India, Mexico, and Tanzania, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2016, with Amita Chudgar) and “A vanishing rural school advantage? Changing urban/rural student achievement differences in Latin America and the Caribbean,” in the Comparative Education Review (2016, with Loris P. Fagioli).

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Published: 2016-11-07

How to Cite

Chudgar, A., & Luschei, T. F. (2016). The untapped promise of secondary data sets in international and comparative education policy research. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 113. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2563