Professor David Phillips

Emeritus Fellow

David Phillips is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Education, an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, and formerly Director of the Centre for Comparative Education at the Department of Education.

A linguist by origin, he studies aspects of comparative and international education, with a focus on policy issues in historical context. He is the author of many publications, especially on education in Germany and on policy ‘borrowing’ in education. He edits the journal Comparative Education and the longstanding series Oxford Studies in Comparative Education.

  • Comparative education
  • Educational policy in Europe (West and East), the USA and Japan; the history and politics of education

Zur Universitätsreform in der Britischen Besatzungszone 1945-48, 1983

(ed) German Universities After the Surrender, 1983

(with Veronica Stencel) The Second Foreign Language, 1983

(ed) Which Language?, 1989

(with Caroline Filmer-Sankey) Diversification in Modern Language Teaching, 1993

Pragmatismus und Idealismus: das Blaue Gutachten und die Britische Hochschulpolitik in Deutschland 1948, 1995

(ed) Education in Germany: Tradition and Reform in Historical Context, 1995

(ed jtly) Learning from Comparing, vol. 1, 1999, vol. 2, 2000

(ed) Education in Eastern Germany Since Unification, 2000

Reflections on British Interest in Education in Germany in the Nineteenth Century, 2002

(ed jtly) Can the Japanese Change Their Education System?, 2002

(ed jtly) Implementing European Union Education and Training Policy: A Comparative Study of Issues in Four Member States, 2003

(with Michele Schweisfurth) Comparative and International Education: An Introduction to Theory, Method, and Practice, 2006; second edition 2014

The German Example: English Interest in Educational provision in Germany Since 1800, 2011

Investigating Education in Germany: Studies from a British Perspective, 2015

Educating the Germans. People and Policy in the British Zone of Germany, 1945-1949,  2018