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This book offers an in-depth historiographical and comparative analysis of prominent theoretical and methodological debates in the field. Across each of the sections, contributors will draw on specific case studies to illustrate the origins, debates and tensions in the field and overview new trends, directions and developments. Each section includes an introduction that provides an overview of the theme and the overall emphasis within the section. In addition, each section has a concluding chapter that offers a critical and comparative analysis of the national case studies presented. As a Handbook, the emphasis is on deeper consideration of key issues rather than a more superficial and broader sweep. The book offers researchers, postgraduate and higher degree students as well as those teaching in this field a definitive text that identifies and debates key historiographical and methodological issues. The intent is to encourage comparative historiographical perspectives of the nominated issues that overview the main theoretical and methodological debates and to propose new directions for the field.
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Tanya Fitzgerald is Professor of the History of Education and Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University (Australia). She is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of womens' education, and contemporary perspectives on leadership and policy in higher education. Recent book includes Historical Portraits of Women Home Scientists: the University of New Zealand 1907-1947 (Cambria Press, 2011, with Jenny Collins) and Women educators, leaders and activists 1900-1960: Educatrional lives and international networks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, with Elizabeth M Smyth). Tanya is currently completing a co-authored book Portraying lives: Women headmistresses and professors 1800s - 1940s (2015, IAP Publishing, with Josephine May). She is the President of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society and co-editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History. Tanya has recently been awarded funding from the Australian Research Council for a project 'Fostering women leaders through educational exchange 1930-1980 (with Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong and Diane Kirkby, La Trobe University).
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