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ERIC Number: EJ785129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Education Quality: The Disabilities of Aid
Samoff, Joel
International Review of Education, v53 n5-6 p485-507 Nov 2007
Focus on textbooks, not class size, poor countries are regularly told as they seek to improve education quality. Yet, at the same time, with strong support from professional educators, the voters of the U.S. state of California approved massive expenditures to reduce the size of classes that in global terms were already quite small. These dramatically different approaches to improving education quality offer insight into the ways in which the aid relationship is itself an obstacle to improving education quality. The nature of the learning process--interactive, locally contingent, negotiated, and continually changing--requires funding agencies concerned with improving education quality to reach beyond the usual list of improved inputs. Yet, that is not easily accomplished. The structure and organization of the aid relationship set priorities and specify practices that disempower locally rooted education reform initiatives. Equally important, improved education quality and persisting and planned dependence on foreign aid cannot comfortably coexist.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California