Examining Education around the World
by Fred M. Shelley
September 2022, 314pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6447-6
$97, £72, 84€, A132
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Mongolia may be a relatively less developed and isolated country in central Asia, but it has a literacy rate of nearly 100 percent.

This thematic encyclopedia provides an overview of education as undertaken in the United States and in 70 countries worldwide and links educational organization, philosophy, and practice with important global social, economic, and environmental issues facing the contemporary world.

All around the world, young people attend school, be it in the steppes of Mongolia, the tiny island nations of the Pacific, or the urban centers of Mexico. How do countries meet the educational needs of their citizens?

This volume is organized into 10 chapters that look at key issues in global education, including literacy, gender, religion, science and technology (STEM), arts and humanities, school violence, multicultural education and diversity, environment and sustainability, education and difference/special needs, and views on education and a country’s future. Each chapter contains eight country profiles, one for the United States and one each for seven other countries. Each entry includes a brief overview of the country and its history and geography, a description of its K–12 education system, and more detailed information about that country with respect to the appropriate topic.

This book allows readers to compare and contrast education throughout the world. It also analyzes, from both contemporary and historical perspectives, relationships between education and the ways in which different countries address various issues, including development, diversity, gender, and environmental sustainability.


  • Provides readers with an overview of how education is conducted in 70 countries
  • Shows how educational systems in different countries respond differently to major challenges facing the world today, including multiculturalism, diversity, and environmental sustainability
  • Illustrates relationships between the philosophy and practice of education and countries' geographical position and levels of development
  • Includes photographs that help bring the text to life
  • Explains issues through a comprehensive overview, allowing student readers to have a better understanding of the problems facing educational systems around the world today
Fred M. Shelley is professor emeritus of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. He is author or editor of more than 20 books and has contributed to more than 100 professional publications including ABC-CLIO's Nation Shapes: The Story behind the World's Borders, The World's Population: An Encyclopedia of Critical Issues, Crises, and Ever-Growing Countries, and Geography of Trafficking: From Drug Smuggling to Modern-Day Slavery (coauthored with Reagan Metz Lutter).
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