ERIC Number: ED363930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School Improvement in the Developing World: An Evaluation of the Aga Khan Foundation Programme.
Black, Harry; And Others
This document presents findings of an evaluation of two projects of the Aga Khan Foundation's School Improvement Programme located in Kisumu, Kenya, and Bombay, India. The program is based on the assumption that effective change consists of a focus on the individual school, clinical methods of teacher development, and improved school management. Data were collected through classroom observations; semistructured interviews with key project administrators, teachers, and parents; informal interviews with project managers, staff, and teachers; surveys of teachers of parents; and pupil tests. Overall, the program was found to be highly successful. However, the projects need to ensure that professional-development strategies remain in place, improve the cost effectiveness of clinical staff development, and provide more focused training of headteachers. The emphases on individual schools and child-centered learning were effective. In addition, the new teaching strategies did not lead to lower standards of student attainment and did facilitate students' development of noncognitive and social skills. Recommendations are offered for project policy formation and planning. This report contains: a review of the literature; two case studies--of the Kisumu and Bombay projects respectively; a summary of the evaluation of the principles underpinning the Aga Khan Foundation model; and appendices containing the teacher questionnaire, terms of reference, and evaluation instruments. Thirteen tables and two figures are included. Contains 36 references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Improvement
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland (United Kingdom, 10 pounds; elsewhere, add 2.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa (Ontario).; Aga Khan Foundation, London (England).; Overseas Development Administration, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: India; Kenya