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Aims & Scope

The aim of FIRE: Forum of International Research in Education is to promote interdisciplinary scholarship on the use of internationally comparative data for evidence-based and innovative change in educational system, school, and classroom-level education. FIRE is indexed in EBSCO's Academic Search Premier and in Google Scholar.

This focus on evidence-based and innovative change is partly a response to the rapid expansion of national participation in international achievement studies. As a result of these studies, internationally comparative education data and data-driven decision-making has been a hallmark of educational accountability and strategic planning worldwide since the 1960s. Since then the availability and use of international achievement studies for national education policy has exploded, and the most widely adopted studies are now administered on regular cycles and include participating educational systems from every region around the world. The ubiquity of international education data brings the cumbersome, contested, and often-controversial process into the realm of locally-controlled and individually-impactful education.

Although the influence of globalization on educational innovation and social entrepreneurship is significant, there is no universal model for developing an innovation infrastructure or a capacity for social entrepreneurship that benefits local-level education because these systems are so closely linked with contextualized economic demands, social norms and value systems. However, international educational innovation and public sector entrepreneurship have reoriented to reflect global educational trends such as a shared emphasis on access to quality schooling.

FIRE seeks to bring internationally comparative education data and locally-contextualized educational innovation together by publishing scholarship on the ways that evidence-based decision-making using international education data influences innovative educational system-, school- and classroom-level educational change.