Development and educational systems

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Education is fundamental to every aspect of development and there is widespread support across the world for policies that affirm that all children, regardless of their circumstances, have a right to quality schooling. Yet, despite concerted efforts from national governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs over many decades we are still far from achieving education for all. In addition, while education can enhance human development, it is also associated with persistent inequalities. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, giving an overview of the history, influential theories, important concepts and areas of achievement, and presenting a critical reflection on emerging trends in policy, practice and research. With topics that review key challenges and inspiring initiatives in countries around the globe - focusing on critical issues such as language, conflict and teachers - this course is ideal for students in both international education and development studies.

Indicative reading: 

Tristan McCowan and Elaine Unterhalter (eds.) (2015) Education and International Development: An Introduction. Bloomsbury.

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