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ERIC Number: EJ1170216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1523-1615
Unpacking Community Participation: A Gendered Perspective
Rouhani, Leva
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v20 n1 p31-44 Fall 2017
In recent years heightened attention has been directed towards the connections between schooling and local communities in sub-Saharan Africa. While community participation in school management has been emphasized as a strategy to promote sustainable development and improve quality education in sub-Saharan Africa, in practice this strategy has reproduced power hierarchies at the community-level. Furthermore, it has had limited impact for advancing gender equality because community participation in sub-Saharan Africa is not framed to encompass the dynamics of power that exist at the community level and how societal structures govern how community members participate: specifically girls and women. In this paper, I outline the gendered effects of community participation in schooling and alternative methods of participation using specific case studies from West Africa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa
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