Comparative & International Education Course Archive Project (CIECAP)


The Comparative and International Education Course Archive Project (CIECAP) was a special project of the Secretariat of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) and was an endorsed project of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).  Dr. Erwin Epstein initiated CIECAP in 2001 with the collection of a significant number of comparative and international education course outlines.  Shortly thereafter, Dr. Epstein worked with then-doctoral student Bruce Collet and the Comparative and International Graduate Student Association (CIEGSA) at Loyola University Chicago to create and develop the research design and databases to support the CIECAP collection.  Following its time at Loyola University Chicago, CIECAP was continued through efforts by individuals at University at Albany - State University of New York and then by individuals at Indiana University.  CIECAP is now and will be archived here for future use.

CIECAP is a collection of introductory course outlines in comparative education and an on-line database of salient features of such courses.  By extension, it also became an inventory of descriptions and analysis of the comparative education graduate programs at these universities.  It was an important addition to the growing body of research on the nature of the field itself, including its form and parameters, and now provides an accessible archive of comparative and international education courses — including unit topics, referenced articles, journals and texts — as well as the interests and specializations of comparative education programs.

Though CIECAP's materials are archived here, it served specific purposes and some scholars may still find the archive to be of use.  For example, instructors planning to teach or already teaching comparative education can use this site as a tool for designing course syllabi and for comparing curriculum to what was taught in other programs.  At the time of collection, surveys of CIES members engaged in teaching comparative education found little consensus in the field regarding influential figures, works, and themes.  Rather, the field remains strongly heterogeneous and dynamic.  The collected materials illuminate this characteristic of the field and allow instructors to situate their course within the broader context of comparative education programs, nationally and internationally.

Closely related to this purpose, through maintaining an archive of articles, texts and journals referenced in introductory courses, CIECAP contributes to the evolving discussion regarding a comparative and international education "canon".  As the collected materials show, the "body of literature that is recognized by teachers and practitioners of comparative and international education as encompassing the major areas of knowledge, issues, axioms, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies that define comparative and international education as a field of study" is often dynamic and in may cases comprises a contested terrain.

Course Outline Database

The Course Outline Database provides an extensive set of links to actual course outlines for the introductory course in comparative and international education.  Links to course outlines are organized according to the geographic region of the institution offering the introductory course.  Each link leads to an outline which indicates the name of the institution, the name of the instructor and the year the course was given.

Program Information Database

The CIECAP program information database was based on information gathered from universities around the world that teach Comparative Education.  This database is a summative listing of program features, including:  national and regional location, instructor and program contact information, and degree program offerings.

Analysis of Course Outlines

At a symposium on the introductory course held at the CIES 2003 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Erwin Epstein, Dr. Kathy Stone, and then-doctoral student Bruce Collet presented findings from a study of course outlines from thirty instructors and institutions in the field.  CIECAP uses as its foundation the databases developed from this study, the results of which have been presented annually at CIES meetings. 

Bibliographic References1 1. Analysis of course outlines references: reference type, title, author and year by university Course Outline References
2. Table of bibliographic reference types used in introductory course outlines: code and count by type Reference Types
3. References organized by authors: list of authors used in introductory course outlines and number of citings References by Author
4. References organized by publication date and decade References by Decade
5. Reference type count according to university for database I References by University I
6. Reference type count according to university for database II References by University II
Journal References2 List of Journals Cited Journals Cited
Broad Themes3 1. Table of universities/course outlines in the CIECAP database CIECAP Table
2. Topic lists by university: one topic list per introductory course outline Topic Lists
3. Frequency count of conceptual topics and geographical topics in introductory course outlines Topic Analysis
4. Topic Graph: Conceptual topics analyzed across thirty universities Topic Graph
5. Course outline topics are sorted by university Topic Sort by University
6. Course outline topics are sorted by theme Topic Sort by Theme
1A listing of books and readings used in the introductory course. Sorted by university, the tables include authors and/or editors, publication titles, and publication years. Journal acronym spellings are provided in 'Journal References' below.
2A table depicting journals highly recommended as well as journals additionally cited in course outlines. The table includes a frequency count of the total number of times these journals are referenced.
3Sorted by University, the tables illustrate broad thematic areas addressed in the introductory course. The 'Topic Analysis' table includes a frequency count of the total number of times each area is addressed per outline.

Data Collection

In 2008, CIECAP expanded to include the investigation of graduate comparative/international education programs worldwide.  CIECAP sought to provide samples of the types and content of graduate programs offered in comparative education as a means of: 1) giving visibility to the comparative/international education activities at institutions of higher education worldwide, 2) discerning the contours of the field through descriptions of comparative/international programs and offering insight into each university's theoretical and methodological frameworks, 3) offering the opportunity to display the cross fertilization of ideas among institutional programs in the field. 

To this end CIECAP invited all comparativists in the field to contribute information regarding their programs especially, among other important items, the title of the introductory course in comparative education offered at their institution.  Samples of the CIECAP Program Description Form are available below.

CIECAP Program Data Form (English)
CIECAP Program Data Form (Chinese)
CIECAP Program Data Form (French)