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Since the World Bank is a bank, the emphasis in much of its comparative education research is on matters related to economics and financing rather than to such themes as pedagogy and curriculum. Again, the country is the dominant unit of analysis. One membership survey of US-based Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), which is the largest society of its type in the field, asked respondents to list what they considered to be the most influential governmental and non-governmental organisations impacting on the field of comparative education (Cook et al.
In addition, UNESCO contributes to the academic field of comparative education by hosting two important journals. One is the International Review of Education, edited at the what is now called the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, in Germany. This journal has International rather than Comparative in its title, but is widely seen as a core journal in the field of comparative education – and indeed in 2002 was described by its editor as “the longest-running international journal on comparative education” (McIntosh 2002, p.
The analyses also permit comparisons by gender and by socio-economic group (OECD 2004b, 2004c). As with other indicators, much work remains to be done to improve validity and comparability; but the OECD has taken this task seriously, and the growing number of non-OECD countries which have chosen to join PISA is evidence of the growing power of this enterprise. Academics and Comparative Education When academics undertake consultancies and other practical assignments, their purposes for comparative study of education may be similar to those of practitioners and policy makers.