Education: Fundamental human right or strategic tool in support of economic growth? How does commodity-dependence influence education policy and practice? What is the role of vocational training vis-à-vis university education in developing countries? Are MOOCs and Chinese cooperation a game changer for higher education in Africa? And how does student migration sit vis-à-vis the globalisation of knowledge? These and other questions lie at the heart of Education, Learning, Training: Critical Issues for Development, a collection of essays edited by Gilles Carbonnier, Michel Carton and Kenneth King, which explore 50 years of international discourse surrounding education and development. Drawing on examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America, the articles examine issues hitherto largely neglected, but of increasing relevance to researchers and policymakers.
Contributors include: Patrick Aebischer, Manzoor Ahmed, Fritz Brugger, Nicholas Burnett, Gilles Carbonnier, Michel Carton, Alexandra Draxler, Denise Efionayi, Gérard Escher, Ana García de Fanelli, Claudia Jacinto, Kenneth King, Kathlen Lizárraga Zamora, Simon McGrath, Dimitrios Noukakis, Etienne Piguet, and Lesley Powell.
Gilles Carbonnier is Professor, Development Economics, at The Graduate Institute, Geneva; Editor in Chief, International Development Policy; and President, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. His research focuses on international development cooperation, energy and extractive resources governance, and humanitarianism, conflict, and disaster.
Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University. He is currently Executive Director of NORRAG where his research focuses on skills development policies in Western/Southern Africa and South East Asia. He was Deputy Director of The Graduate Institute until retiring in 2010.
Kenneth King is Emeritus Professor at the School of Education and School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh. His research interests focus on the politics and history of international education and skills development and aid policy, and most recently Chinese education assistance to Africa.
"This is a very valuable book for both policy makers and researchers in their quest to foster and assert the role of education in the development agenda of emerging countries."
— Fred Gennings Wanyavinkhumbo Msiska, Mzuzu University
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PART 1: EDUCATION POLICIES AND DEVELOPMENT: ISSUES IN THE DEBATE
1 International Education and Development: Histories, Parallels, Crossroads Gilles Carbonnier, Michel Carton, and Kenneth King
2 International Education Policies, Issues, and Challenges Nicholas Burnett
3 International Investment in Education for Development: Public Good or Economic Tool? Alexandra Draxler
PART 2: SHAPING TRAINING AND LIFELONG LEARNING
4 Tertiary Technical Education and Youth Integration in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico Claudia Jacinto and Ana García de Fanelli
5 Why Commodity Booms Have Not (Yet?) Boosted Human Capital: Bolivia’s Struggle to Create a Skilled Workforce Fritz Brugger and Kathlen Lizárraga Zamora
6 Lifelong Learning in a Learning Society: Are Community Learning Centres the Vehicle? Manzoor Ahmed
7 Exploring the Value of the Capability Approach for Vocational Education and Training Evaluation: Reflections from South Africa Lesley Powell and Simon McGrath
PART 3: CHINA, MIGRATION, MOOCS: WHAT’S IN IT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA?
8 China’s Higher Education Engagement with Africa: A Different Partnership and Cooperation Model? Kenneth King
9 Western African Student Migration: A Response to the Globalisation of Knowledge Denise Efionayi and Etienne Piguet
10 Boosting Higher Education in Africa through Shared Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Gérard Escher, Dimitrios Noukakis, and Patrick Aebischer
All those interested in education and development issues.