ERIC Number: ED536692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Democracy and Development: Does Education Contribute to Democratisation in Developing Countries?
Harber, Clive; Mncube, Vusi
Education is often seen as the key agency in international development and poverty reduction. Frequently the emphasis is on the economic and social role of education in development. This book, on the other hand, is unusual in explicitly examining the political role of education in development. In particular, it sets out the theories, evidence and arguments concerning the potential and actual relationships between education and democracy and critically explores the contradictory role of formal education in both supporting and hindering democratic political development. A key theme of the book is the importance of considering the type and nature of the education actually provided and experienced--what goes on inside the "black box" of education? Currently in developing countries and elsewhere this is often at odds with democratic principles but the book also provides many examples of successful democratic practice in schools in developing countries as well as discussing a detailed case study of South Africa where democratic change in education is a key aspect of the policy agenda.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Politics of Education, Educational Development, Evidence, Role of Education, Educational Change, Democracy, Case Studies, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Democratic Values, Educational Principles, Teacher Education, Barriers
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ecuador; India; South Africa