Campus Access Only

All rights reserved. This publication is intended for use solely by faculty, students, and staff of University of the Pacific. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, now known or later developed, including but not limited to photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author or the publisher.

Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Fred Muskal

First Committee Member

Dennis Brennan

Second Committee Member

Phyllis Hensley

Third Committee Member

Rene Merino

Fourth Committee Member

Mari Irvin


Philately is an original source which has been unexamined as a research tool in comparative education. This study investigated the possibility of formulating ideas and concepts about higher education by developing case studies on Japan, Kenya and the USSR. Each case study compared the interpretation of the postage stamps and dedications issued with an analysis of comparative education literature. Wilson's comparative education framework was used to assess the thoroughness of each approach. The comparative education journals used in this research included: Comparative Education Review (1957 to present), Comparative Education (1964 to present), and the International Review of Education (1955 to present). The analysis of philately required developing useful questions as a heuristic device. The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Cognitive Domain (Bloom, 1956) was used to devise sample questions which extended the comparative education literature in useful ways. The philatelic questions formed a link between the comparative education literature and International Education which enhanced both fields. Philatelic analysis highlighted culturally important events useful for both comparative education and international education. It is appropriate to note that Wilson's categories of national characteristics and socializing agents was expanded by this research to include a country's traditional values (Japan), sought values (Kenya) and propaganda (USSR). The case studies indicated new ways to examine comparative education through Wilson's framework and established the value of philately as a research tool for comparative education researchers.




0591913593 , 9780591913590

To access this thesis/dissertation you must have a valid email address and log-in to Scholarly Commons.

Find in PacificSearch Find in ProQuest



If you are the author and would like to grant permission to make your work openly accessible, please email


Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright. URI:
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).