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Harber, Clive; Mncube, Vusi – Symposium Books, 2012
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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Politics of Education
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Chikoko, Vitallis; Gilmour, James David; Harber, Clive; Serf, Jeff – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2011
This paper argues the importance in and for a democratic state and society of discussing controversial issues in education. In particular it analyses two national educational contexts, that of England and South Africa. It considers both whether they provide a suitable framework for teaching controversial issues in school classrooms and if they…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teacher Education Curriculum, Interviews
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Harber, Clive; Mncube, Vusi – South African Journal of Education, 2011
This paper is concerned with three possible theoretical relationships, between education and social, economic and political development, that--(a) education improves society, (b) education reproduces society as it is and (c) education actually makes society worse. The paper then uses South Africa as a case study to critically analyse these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Policy, Racial Segregation
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Harber, Clive; Serf, Jeff – Teaching & Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2006
This paper considers the role of teacher education in England and South Africa in relation to education for democratic citizenship. It argues that teacher education should play a positive role in this respect but there has often been a contradiction between the structures and practices of teacher education and democratic forms of education. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Democracy, Teacher Education
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Harber, Clive; Muthukrishna, Nithi – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2000
Examines whether lists of "effective school" characteristics are universally valid or internationally transferable. Demonstrates difficulties when applying Western school-improvement strategies in the context of South African schools struggling to establish some acceptable, minimal level of functional effectiveness. Describes three…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Cultural Differences, Democratic Values, Developing Nations