Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment

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Christopher Colclough
Routledge, May 5, 2014 - Business & Economics - 240 pages

Education has an extraordinarily important role to play in efforts to eliminate poverty world-wide. This book reveals the nature and complexity of these relationships and provides indispensible pointers to the kinds and extent of policy changes that are required.

Based on highly innovative research that addressed common research questions across four countries in Africa and South Asia, the book presents new theoretical and empirical knowledge that will help to improve education and poverty reduction strategies in developing countries, through an enhanced recognition of education's actual and potential role. In addition to introducing the reader to a wide range of conceptual and policy-related problems concerning the impact of education on individuals and society, the book:

provides the field of educational research with a contemporary economic and socio-cultural reassessment of educational outcomes in relation to poverty.

discusses the challenges and priorities facing policy makers, practitioners and the international development community in improving the outcomes of education, particularly for the most disadvantaged in Africa, South Asia and other low income countries;

identifies the key theoretical and methodological challenges involved in researching the outcomes of education for the poor.

This book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of international and comparative education, education policy, development studies, African and Asian studies and related disciplines, and to those working on education policy at national or international levels in governments and international institutions.


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Questions paradigms and methods
Revisiting old debates with new data from India and Pakistan
Young peoples narratives of citizenship in two sub Saharan cities
Increased expectations but unrealised gains in south Asia
Insights from Ghana India and Pakistan
A south Asian comparison
What impact on education outcomes in Ghana and Pakistan?
Aid and education policy in India and Kenya
9 Education outcomes reassessed
Qualitative methods in the RECOUP projects
The RECOUP household surveys
List of RECOUP staff associated with each of the partner institutions
List of contributors to the volume

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About the author (2014)

Christopher Colclough, Commonwealth Professor of Education and Development and Director, Centre for Education and International Development, University of Cambridge, UK.

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