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By John C. Weidman

We're happy to introduce this inaugural quantity within the PSCIE Series-Beyond the Comparative: Advancing concept and Its software to Practice-which expands at the existence paintings of college of Pittsburgh Professor Rolland G. Paulston (1930-2006). well-known as a stalwart within the box of comparative and overseas schooling, Paulston's most generally well-known contribution is in social cartography. He proven that mapping comparative, overseas, and improvement schooling (CIDE) is not any effortless activity and, reckoning on the point of view of the mapper, there is a number of cartographies to chart. The 35 individuals to this quantity, representing quite a number senior and junior students from a variety of CIDE backgrounds and views, have a good time the existence and paintings of Paulston through addressing concerns, views and methods regarding charting the longer term process the sector. the quantity experiences on new examine in numerous genres in addition to conceptual research. because the identify indicates, authors have been inspired to head "beyond" confirmed canons of CIDE. the canopy paintings, The CIDE Theoretical Compass, used to be conceptualized by way of the editors and depicts that idea choice and conception new release are an ongoing and significant technique in comparative, overseas, and improvement schooling (CIDE). the picture was once designed by means of artist Natalie Jacob, which positions the CIDE Theoretical Compass over Rolland G. Paulston's 1993 concentric circle map.

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Kuhn’s focus of attention was reserved to the natural sciences. He believed that a natural science community works within a single pervasive paradigm at a time, and Masterman (1970) agrees. Of course, when a scientific revolution occurred, that paradigm would temporarily break down, until a new paradigm came to dominate the field. The notion of the natural sciences as single-paradigm sciences created difficulty for the social sciences, as the social sciences in many ways looked to the natural sciences for direction to shape their legitimacy.

PAULSTON’S PARADIGMS: MAPPING COMPARATIVE EDUCATION As Paulston mapped cognitively the theories that dominate the field, he was aware that comparative education researchers ground their studies on a large number of 24 PAULSTON AND PARADIGMS different theories that span across the full range of social science disciplines, including political science, economics, anthropology, and particularly sociology. Paulston recognized that the theoretical landscape of the field was so complex that anyone trying to grasp it was thrown into a tangled mess that promised frustration and likely failure.

8 MAPPING CIDE This particular map could, in our view, also be utilized as a guide to understanding the complex linkages between theory and methodology in social science and educational research. The “visual” and “verbal” forms in the map may also be construed as representing commonly used research methodologies, with the right side (essentialist/objectivist) reflecting primarily quantitative approaches and the left side (interpretivist/subjectivist) reflecting primarily qualitative approaches.

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