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53rd Annual Conference
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Teachers College, Columbia University is pleased to host the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in conjunction with the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. We are currently soliciting proposal abstracts for presentation at the conference, scheduled for March 22 - March 26, 2009.

Conference Theme
The conference will be devoted to the theme of The Politics of Comparison. As educational researchers and practitioners who work beyond our own national boundaries, we are compelled to grapple with the phenomenon of "traveling reforms" or so-called "best practices" that are transferred from one country to another. The circulation of "best practices" is but one of the new tools to exert international influence on national policy-making. International standards, global benchmarks and national targets often rely on international comparison. Why exactly has international comparison been championed as an effective policy tool, and what impact has it had on local initiatives and practices? These and other related questions will be a particular focus of attention during the 2009 CIES conference.

Proposals not directly related to the conference theme may also be submitted for consideration.

For more detailed information, please read the Call for Abstracts.

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