Organizational Resources for International Education
American Council on Education (ACE) International Initiatives
ACE's goals for this program area are to expand U.S. academic leaders' awareness of international issues and enhance their capacity to provide leadership in internationalizing their institutions; to help shape public policy by serving as an advocate for international education and development with the federal government and other decision- and policy-makers; and to form partnerships with associations and institutions in other countries to promote collaboration, equity, and quality. The website provides a variety of resources to assist in this work including bibliographies of publications and selected full-text documents such as Beyond September 11: A Comprehensive National Policy on International Education (2002) .
Association for Studies in International Education (ASIE)
The Association is an inter-organizational body comprised of ten major international education societies from around the world. ASIE's mission is "to encourage serious research and publications dealing with international education and academic mobility, to stimulate interest in such work. . . and to develop and promote ways to disseminate this work." The Association publishes the Journal of Studies in International Education. Member associations are Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE); Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE); European Association for International Education (EAIA); IDP Education Australia (IDP EA); International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA); Association of International Educators (NAFSA); Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC); The Council for International Education United Kingdom (UKCOSA); and World Education Services (WES).
Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO)
ALO, established in 1992, coordinates the efforts of the nation's six major higher education associations to build their partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and to help their member institutions plan and implement development programs with colleges and universities abroad. ALO's Policy Board is composed of the Presidents of the six organizations: the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU); the American Council on Education (ACE); the Association of American Universities (AAU); the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).
Board on International Comparative Studies in Education (BICSE), National Academy of Sciences
BICSE was established in 1988 to provide guidance to its sponsors about the conduct and use of large-scale international education studies such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). One purpose is to assure that international education assessments and indicator collection efforts are properly interpreted and that the databases are fully exploited by researchers. Since 1998-99, BICSE has broadened its scope to include a wider range of comparative education studies, for instance an examination of the use of video technology in international education research. The website includes information about its research agenda and full-text publications and documents such as the 1994-1995 report International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies.
Boston College Center for International Higher Education
The Center is dedicated to research and service in international higher education and offers its website and newsletter as methods to build a community of research and development. The Center's current research is focusing on African higher education, the changing academic workplace, and private higher education. A variety of reports, documents and resource lists are available including the Worldwide Inventory of Higher Education Centers and Programs [pdf]
Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
CIES was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include more than 1200 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world and approximately 1300 institutional members, primarily academic libraries and international organizations. For its members, the website offers bulletin boards and discussion groups, compilations of international education news, book reviews and bibliographies. Members of the UofC community have access to the full features of the website, including the full-text of the Society's scholarly journal Comparative Education Review (you can use the Library's SFX service to find additional sources for the full-text for this journal).
Council of Europe | Education for Europe
Working for cultural cooperation, Education is a programmatic area with conferences, committees, standards, and a variety of initiatives ranging from teacher training to higher education qualifications. The website provides descriptions of initiatives, reports, and various resources such as a directory of European Ministries of Education.
Enqa--European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
The purpose of Enqa is to "disseminate information, experiences, good practices and new developments in the field of quality assessment and quality assurance in higher education between interested parties: public authorities, higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies." Full-text reports and links to member agencies are available at the website.
Europa: The European Union Online
Much information about law, policy, activities and programs of the European Commission is available. The Commission has a Directorate General of Education and Culture and a variety of programs for Education and Training including, for instance,
European Research Overview
This site, created by Wissenschaftsforum bildung und Gesellschaft (WIFO), is a very extensive portal covering research on vocational education and training in Europe.
Eurydice: The Information Network on Education in Europe
A program of the European Commission, Eurydice makes a wide array of information freely available on its website in a variety of languages, including English. Major features include a Glossary of European Education Terms, statistics from the Key Data on Education in Europe, Eurybase that contains detailed descriptions of the systems of education in 30 European nations, and a wide variety of full-text publications.
Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources
From the Library of Congress, this website includes a wealth of information about the Library's international resources. Portals to the World lists selected links to electronic resources and internet sites for various countries including ones for education. The Gateway also provides access to searchable databases such as the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS), the Global Legal Information Network, and Country Studies which include information about the history and structure of education and other aspects of culture and society.
Global Education Database
This source provides data on more than 200 educational indicators for more that 60 countries. Coverage dates from 1970's to present. Note that not all variables are available for all countries for all years. The data is compiled from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) and from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
IEA is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. Its primary purpose is to conduct large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement, with the aim of gaining a more in-depth understanding of the effects of policies and practices within and across systems of education. Since its inception in 1958, the IEA has conducted about 20 research studies of cross-national achievement in basic school subjects ranging from mathematics and science to reading and civics. The website lists titles of completed studies but currently does not provide full-text nor the actual statistics. For future studies, more information is available. IEA's Data Processing Center includes links to management sites for the different studies and some full-text is available at those sites [See especially the International Study Center at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, for information about Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)].
International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Founded in 1968, IBO is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, that offers programs of curriculum, teacher training, and assessment tools to more than 1,300 schools in 114 countries. The aim of IBO is "to assist schools in their endeavours to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside." The Diploma Programme is for students in the final two years of school before university; the Middle Years Programme is for students aged 11 to 16; and the Primary Years Programme is for students aged 3 to 12. The website includes information about IBO programs, a catalog of sale publications, a searchable Directory of World Schools, and additional password-protected content for IB school personnel.
International Bureau of Education (IBE)
The IBE was founded in Geneva in 1925 as a private institution. In 1929, it extended its membership to governments and thus became the first intergovernmental organization in the field of education. In 1969, the IBE joined UNESCO as an autonomous institution. Its activities have focused on organizing the sessions of the International Conference on Education; collecting, analysing and disseminating educational documentation and information; and undertaking surveys and studies in the field of comparative education. In recent years, IBE's work has emphasized capacity building in the area of management of curriculum change and many activities focus on education in the developing world. Its website offers project descriptions and reports, as well as several databases: INNODATA that includes descriptions of educational innovations at the primary and secondary levels of schooling; and Country Dossiers that include a wide variety of facts, reports, statistics, bibliographies and other resources for each of IBE's member states. World Data on Education, which includes information from other IBE databases, offers a profile for each nation that is a narrative summary covering the objectives of education, current priorities and concerns, laws and regulations, administration of the education system, structure and organization, financing, the educational process, primary, secondary, higher education, special education, private education, educational research, adult and non-formal education, and a list of sources. IBE also offers a list of web links including other education databanks on the internet and a directory of Ministries of Education around the world.
International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Project Archive (INCA)
The INCA website is produced in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). It currently includes national descriptions of the education systems of Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and Wales. The information is reviewed, revised and updated on an ongoing basis. The country archives are searchable by theme and subject and comparative tables are also available. The database includes narrative analyses with hypertext links to references that are organized by level of education and topic. For instance, the assessment section for the U.S. offers a brief overview of the role of standardized testing and current and additional in-depth analyses for various levels of education from preschool through secondary.
National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies
Located at Indiana University and funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, this is an Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse that specializes in providing educational information about Japan to K-12 students, teachers, specialists, and curriculum developers.
OECD--Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD Directorate for Education
The 30 member countries of OECD work collaboratively on topics of common interest and a primary objective for current activities is "making lifelong learning a reality for all." A wide variety of reports, analyses, statistics, and initiatives are available. For instance, a current study is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) that surveys the knowledge and skills of 15-year olds and examines factors that influence the development of these skills at home and school. OECD offers an Education Database that provides internationally comparable data on key aspects of education systems. Statistical tables are published annually in Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators (LB2846.E247 Gen, Last v. RR4) and it is also included in the database SourceOECD which provides the full-text for monographs, periodicals and statistics produced by the agency (access restricted to those with UofC computing accounts).
TERENA - Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association
Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association was formed in October 1994 by the merger of RARE (Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne) and EARN (European Academic and Research Network). Its mission is '... to promote and participate in the development of a high quality international information and telecommunications infrastructure for the benefit of research and education' (TERENA Statutes). TERENA carries out technical activities and provides a platform for discussion to encourage the development of a high-quality computer networking infrastructure for the European research community.
Thematic Network On Teacher Education (TNTEE)
The Thematic Network on Teacher Education (TNTEE) is funded by the European Commission as part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme. The main objective is to establish a flexible multilingual trans-national forum for the development of teacher education in Europe linking together as many universities and other institutions as possible.
UNESCO'S Education Sector
UNESCO sponsors a huge number of programs, publications, networks and databases; vast amounts of information are available at its website and those of affiliated agencies. More information about UNESCO and its resources is available.
World Bank: Education
The World Bank's education mission is "to help client countries fight poverty by investing effectively in people." The website includes descriptions of projects and initiatives, full-text publications, the Edstats database, and more. Two current priority areas of work are Education for All and Education for the Knowledge Economy.