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ERIC Number: EJ1057672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1874-8597
Community Participation in International Development Education Quality Improvement Efforts: Current Paradoxes and Opportunities
Kendall, Nancy; Kaunda, Zikani; Friedson-Rideneur, Sophia
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v27 n1 p65-83 Feb 2015
International development organizations increasingly use "participatory development" approaches to improve the effectiveness of their programs. Participatory frameworks are commonly limited in scope and funder-driven; these top-down approaches to participation have proven to be both ineffective, and at times, contradictory in their impacts. This article describes Malawi's Participatory Action for School Improvement (PASI) project, which was an effort to transform participatory development approaches in international development education by engaging communities as full partners in the school improvement process. By acknowledging our own ideological intentions and attempting to work with community leaders to shift power dynamics within communities and between communities and funding bodies, PASI fueled significant positive changes in school functioning at a very small cost. The article concludes that PASI might represent a generative community-level cash transfer approach to participatory development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malawi