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The World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) was first conceptualized by Joseph Katz of the University of British Columbia and a handful of other comparative education scholars in the 1960s. It was formally established in 1970 during the first World Congress held in Ottawa, Canada as the World Council of Comparative Education, and a year later the name was changed to its present status.

 

The WCCES serves as an umbrella organization comprised of comparative education societies and UNESCO. Beginning with only five comparative education society members in 1970, the Council has grown to 36 constituent member societies in2007 and 47 in 2015. Most members are national comparative education societies, but some are organized around global regions (e.g., Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society) and languages (e.g., Association Francophone d'éducation Comparée). 

 

The Council has retained its original organizational structure and overall purpose since it was first organized in 1970. The WCCES leadership is comprised of five officers, namely the President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and two Vice Presidents. Member societies have single representation within WCCES on the Executive Committee. UNESCO has also traditionally had representation on the Executive Committee. Additional leadership roles have been formed over the years, including the organization of standing committees around various themes related to specific Council-sponsored projects and activities (e.g.,publications, finances, and special projects). The Historian role was added inthe 1990s, with Vandra Masemann serving as the Council’s first Historian. A WCCES historical archive was established and originally housed by Kent State University until 2014, when the WCCES Archive was transferred to the University of Pittsburgh.

 

At best, the Council has maintained a loosely-coupled organizational structure, where the traditional physical home or Secretariat of the Council has been at the same location as where the Secretary-General resided. The first Secretariat was housed at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and afterwards at several different locations, including the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva, Switzerland; Institute of Education at the University College London,UK; and Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of HongKong. 

 

World Congresses are generally held once every three years, and rotate locations. Fifteen congresses have been held since the original meeting in Ottawa. In August 2016, the 16th World Congress will be held at Beijing Normal University in China.


No.

Year 

Place

Theme

1

1970

Ottawa, Canada

Education and the Formation of the Teaching Profession;  Educational Aid to Developing Countries

2

1974

Geneva, Switzerland

Efficiencies and  Inefficiencies in Secondary Schools

3

1977

London, United Kingdom

Unity and Diversity  in Education

4

1980

Tokyo, Japan

Tradition and Innovation in Education

5

1984

Paris, France

Dependence and  Interdependence in Education: The Role of Comparative Education

6

1987

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education, Crisis and Change

7

1989

Montreal, Canada

Development, Communication and Language

8

1992

Prague, Czechoslovakia

Education and  Democracy

9

1996

Sydney, Australia

Tradition, Modernity and Postmodernity

10

1998

Cape Town, South Africa

Education, Equity and Transformation

11

2001

Chungbuk, Republic of Korea

New Challenges, New  Paradigms: Moving Education into the 21st Century

12

2004

Havana, Cuba

Education and  Social Justice

13

2007

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Living Together: Education and Intercultural Dialogue

14

2010

Istanbul, Turkey

Bordering, Re-Bordering and New Possibilities in Education and Society

15

2013

Buenos  Aires, Argentina

New  Times, New Voices

16

2016

Beijing,  China

Dialectics of Education: Comparative Perspectives.


WCCES Past Presidents and President 


Presidents

Time

Joseph Katz

1970-1974

Brian Holmes

1974-1977

Masunori Hiratsuka

1977-1980

Erwin H. Epstein

1980-1983

Michel Debeauvais

1983-1987

Vandera Masemann

1987-1991

Wolfgang Mitter

1991-1996

David N. Wilson

1996-2001

Anne Hickling- Hudson

2001-2004

Mark Bray

2004-2007

Crain Soudien

2007-2010

Wing On Lee

2010-2013

Carlos Alberto Torres

    2013-



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