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Zlata Godler was born in 1938 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1959 she obtained a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Zagreb. Her further studies were in Pedagogy and Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb. She obtained a B.A. in 1965. For her M.A. degree, which she received in 1973, she studied at the Faculty of Education (Department of Educational Foundations) at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her M.A. thesis was ''The consequences of the reforms in Yugoslav Higher Education, 1960-1970''. She did her doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Department of History/Philosophy of Education). In 1981 she was awarded Ph.D. having defended her doctoral dissertation with the theme ''Croatia to Canada migration between the wars''.
From 1959 until 1965, while in Croatia, she was working as a social worker. In 1966 she immigrated to Canada. During her studies at OISE she was a research assistant in the Department of History/Philosophy of Education, and an affiliated researcher of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
In 1979 she returned to Croatia to take a post at the University Centre for Pedagogical Instruction and Research of the University of Zagreb. She continued working in the Department of Pedagogical Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb until her retirement in 1998.
Her research is mostly in comparative education, intercultural education, and higher and teacher education.
From 1996 until 2000 she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE), and from 2000 until 2004 she was one of the two vice-presidents of CESE. At the CESE conference in Uppsala in 2010 she was elected an Honorary Member.
Some of her published works are:
- Doctors and the New Immigrants. Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. IX, No. 1, 1977, pp. 6-18.
- Komparativna analiza odgojno-obrazovnih procesa u multikulturalnim sredinama (Comparative analysis of educational processes in multicultural environments). Zagreb: Institut za pedagogijska istraživanja, Pedagogijske znanosti Filozofskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, 1986.
- Interkulturalizam i interkulturalni odgoj i obrazovanje: razvojne faze i karakteristike u Kanadi i Španjolskoj – komparativna analiza (Interculturalism and intercultural education: developmental phases and characteristics in Canada and Spain – A comparative analysis). Istraživanje odgoja i obrazovanja, No. 1, 1991, pp. 59-70.
- Plurikulturalna realnost i obrazovanje za ljudska prava (Pluricultural reality and education for human rights). Theleme, Vol. 37, No. 34, 1991, pp. 217-225.
- 'High School Students' Intercultural Predispozitions: an Empirical Research' (with Domović, V.). In: Multicultural Reality and Perspectives in Croatia, Katunarić, Vjeran (ed.). Zagreb: Interkultura, 1997, pp. 145-200.
- 'Clear Needs, Uncertain Responses: Change in Croatia's Education System' (with Domović, V.) In: Education in a global society: a comparative perspective, Mazurek, Kas; Winzer, Margaret; Majorek, Czeslaw (eds.). Needham Heights, MA; USA: Allyn and Bacon, 1999, pp. 271-284.
- 'Dilemmas, uncertainties, and indecisions about the future of teacher education: the case of Croatia' (with Domović, V.) In: Identity, education and citizenship – Multiple interrelations, Jonas Sprogoe and Thyge Winther-Jensen (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2006, pp. 323-338.
- 'Croatian Higher Education and the Implementation of the Bologna Process' (with Domović, V.) In: Changing universities in Europe and the ''Bologna Process'': a seven country study, Palomba, Donatella (ed.). Roma: ARACNE editrice S.r.l., 2008, pp. 101-124.
Andreas M. Kazamias is emeritus professor of educational policy studies of the University of Wisconsin (USA) and emeritus professor of comparative education of the University of Athens (Greece). He likes to think of himself as a scholar with a multiple identity: (a) a Greek-Cypriot (he was born in Cyprus); (b) a European cum American humanist intellectual and Socratic 'gadfly' (he studied liberal arts with a concentration in the humanities - history, classical Greek and modern English literature - for his BA degree at the University of Bristol in the UK (1948), and in the humanistic foundations of education - philosophy of education, history of education and comparative education - at Harvard University in the US (1958); and (c) for many years, since 1958, he has served as university professor and researcher in comparative education and the history of education in the United States and Greece. In the United States: he taught at Harvard University, Oberlin College, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he was a founding member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), of which he also served as President; and for a period of time, he was Editor of the Harvard Educational Review and the Comparative Education Review. In Greece: he taught at the University of Crete and the University of Athens; he was instrumental in the introduction of Comparative Education as a field of study in the Greek universities; he was a founding member of the Greek Comparative Education Society of which he served as President; he also served as President of the Greek Pedagogical Society and is currently co-editor of the Comparative and International Education Review.
The areas of Kazamias' scholarly interest, research, teaching and writing have included: (a) the theory, the epistemology and the methodology of Comparative Education, with particular reference to 'comparative historical analysis', a perspective that seeks to combine the methods of history with social science theories and/or concepts; (b) comparative historical enquiries into the formation and development of educational systems and the role of education in social, political and economic modernization; (c) politics of educational reforms in liberal democratic polities, with particular reference to the European Union and the United States; (d) comparative historical enquiries into European and American systems of knowledge and pedagogy; and (e) comparative studies of globalization and its impact on education, with particular reference to its impact on public provision of education, and on teaching, educational knowledge and pedagogy. In this connection, he 'engages' the ancient Greeks in their cultural system of Paideia to look critically at modern/ contemporary discourses and trends that prioritize techno-science and instrumental rationality and underemphasize Paideia and humanistic knowledge.
Kazamias is Honorary Fellow of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and Honorary Member of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE). He holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bristol (UK) and honorary doctorates from the University of Ioannina (Greece) and the University of Crete (Greece). He was also elected as an Associate Member of the Academy of Athens (Greece) and was awarded an Aristeion (excellence award) in the Social Sciences from the Republic of Cyprus. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and scholarly articles on comparative education and the history of education, and notably:
- Tradition and Change in Education: A Comparative Study (1965) (co-author).
- Politics, Society and Secondary Education in England, 1895-1926 (1966).
- Education and the Quest for Modernity in Turkey (1966).
- The Educated Man: Studies in the History of Educational Thought (1965) (co-editor).
- On Comparative Education, or Toward a Promethean Humanism in the New Cosmopolis (2010) (in Greek).
- International Handbook of Comparative Education (2009)(co-editor).
- Education and the Structuring of the European Space (1998) (Senior Editor).
- "The Owl of Athena: Reflective Encounters with the Greeks on Pedagogical Eros and the Paideia of the Soul (Psyche)". In Changing Educational Landscapes (2010), Edited by D. Mattheou, pp. 21-42.
- "Paideia and Politeia in Europe- A Symposium on Education and Citizenship, Ancient and Modern". In Education Across Cultures: Comparative Studies (2004). Edited by E. Buk-Berge et al. pp. 147-169.
- "Agamemnon contra Prometheus: Globalisation, Knowledge/Learning Societies and Paideia in the New Cosmopolis". In International Handbook of Comparative Education (2009). Edited by R. Cowen and A.M Kazamias, pp. 1079-1111.