ERIC Number: EJ772598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
The Role of UK Qualification Suppliers in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe: A Comparative Evaluation
Evans, J.; Little, A. W.
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n5 p525-541 Sep 2007
This paper is based on research on the role of UK qualifications suppliers in providing qualifications and accreditation in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the context of rather different engagements with liberalisation, structural adjustment and globalisation. Sri Lanka's economic liberalisation and growth since the late 1970s has had a "de facto" decentralising effect on the supply of and demand for qualifications. In Zimbabwe, structural adjustment has been accompanied by a decline in economic growth and a localisation of school-level qualifications. These differences have led to different interactions between UK suppliers and domestic consumers, discussed in terms of supply and demand; localisation and globalisation; competition and educational mission. The paper concludes with the implications of these findings for future research studies on globalisation and qualifications.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Supply and Demand, Developing Nations, Comparative Education, Educational Assessment, Qualifications, Academic Standards, National Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Global Approach, Role Perception, Economic Impact
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka; Zimbabwe