Critical Perspectives on Schooling and Fertility in the Developing World

Front Cover
Caroline H. Bledsoe
National Academies Press, 1999 - Education - 320 pages
The assumption of a causal relationship between more schooling and lower fertility for women has led many governments to support women's education. However, understanding the nature and strength of the relationship between education and fertility remains a central challenge for scholars seeking to explain demographic and social change and for policymakers who must allocate scarce public resources. This book brings together analyses from several research perspectives to re-examine the relationship between education and fertility and to rethink conventional lines of logic in the education-fertility paradigm. The papers are: (1) "Introduction" (Caroline Bledsoe, Jennifer Johnson-Kuhn, and John Haaga); (2) "Female Education and Fertility: Examining the Links" (Ian Diamond, Margaret Newby, and Sarah Varle); (3) "What is Meant, and Measured, by 'Education'?" (Anthony Carter); (4) "Implications of Formal Schooling for Girls' Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries" (Cynthia Lloyd and Barbara Mensch); (5) "School Quality, Student Achievement, and Fertility in Developing Countries" (Paul Glewwe); (6) "Fertility, Education, and Resources in South Africa" (Duncan Thomas); (7) "Which Girls Stay in School? The Influence of Family Economy, Social Demands, and Ethnicity in South Africa" (Bruce Fuller and Xiaoyan Liang); (8) "Excess Fertility, Unintended Births, and Children's Schooling" (Mark Montgomery and Cynthia Lloyd); (9) "Women's Education, Marriage, and Fertility in South Asia: Do Men Really Not Matter?" (Alaka Basu); and (10) "Fertility and Education: What Do We Now Know?" (Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue). Each paper contains references. (KB)

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
EXAMINING THE LINKS
23
WHAT IS MEANT AND MEASURED BY EDUCATION?
49
Copyright

8 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1999)

Caroline H. Bledsoe is a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University.

Bibliographic information