ERIC Number: ED389491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Consultancy in Small States: A Source Book. Educational Development in the Small States of the Commonwealth Series.
Lloyd, Marie-Pierre; Packer, Steve
A problem for small states is how to access specialist knowledge when the national pool of human resources is small. This is a difficulty for ministries of education and educational institutions. The usual response is to draw on technical assistance, often as part of a wider aid package, from industrialized countries or international agencies. But there is scope for developing the capacity of universities within small states to provide consultancy services. This offers a way for institutions of higher education to play a stronger role in national education development. The result of a training workshop on educational consultancy in small states, this manual has three parts. Part One examines demographics of small states; factors influencing their choice of consultants; and the nature of consulting (including a definition), why consultants are used, consultancy as an agent of change, and the ethics of consultancy. Part Two presents a five-phase model of the consulting process and the skills required for successful consulting. Part Three examines key considerations in developing a consulting business, including planning, structure and administration, marketing, and management of assignments. Case studies illustrate the consultancy dilemmas of small states and describe existing university-based consultancies in four small states. Contains an 80-item bibliography for further reading with the following sections: managing consulting organizations; selecting and using consultants; consulting skills; communication and report writing skills; consulting in education; education in small states; and general topics. Contains 15 references. (TD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Role, Consultants, Educational Development, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, International Programs, Policy Formation, Privatization, Technical Assistance, Universities
Education Department, Human Resource Development Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, England, United Kingdom (5 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).
Identifiers: Consultant Role