The distinctive features of small states provide the focus for this special issue. Each of the papers explores issues of global significance including curriculum and pedagogical reform, language and literacy policies, internalising teacher education and research partnerships. Whilst small states, provide the context for the discussion of these issues, each paper offers insights that have wider application. Acknowledging the contextual features of small states can help elucidate the significance of multi-layered contextual factors in educational reform and the ways in which global policies have been mediated locally.
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