Comparative and cultural perspectives on educational reform

Stephens, David (2008) Comparative and cultural perspectives on educational reform KASBIT Business Journal, 1 (1). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1994-1609

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This paper reviews a study entitled “A comparative survey of Commonwealth experience of efforts to improve the quality of Basic Education” presented at a conference held in 1991 by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London for the Commonwealth Ministers of Education Conference in Barbados. It seems opportune now to review the comparative landscape of educational reform since then with a view to identifying models of good practice and the challenges that face us all. The immediate aim is to raise a number of issues – and hopefully controversies – that will contribute to a lively and informative conference. The paper is in three parts. In the first it reviews the milestones along the road of educational reform since the 1990s with a particular focus upon issues of school quality, effectiveness and improvement. In the second it discusses – with examples from a range of countries in which the author has worked – six key challenges we now face. The third part looks briefly at methodological developments and in particular the increasing importance attached to culturally appropriate approaches to researching and evaluating educational reform. It also outlines the case for making greater use of two research methods - life history, and narrative enquiry - in the quest for more meaningful evidence-gathering and analysis.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © KASB Institute of Technology (PVT) Ltd, 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative and cultural; educational reforms & quality; economic growth; universal primary education
Subjects: X000 Education > X200 Education Research
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 08:22

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