Education and Development: Tools and Techniques for International Cooperation

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

MINT072 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Students in this course immerse themselves into the relevant knowledge and apply the methodological tools that will enable them to analyze and compare educational systems contextually, that is, understand the structures, features and conditions of each educational system under study. The aim is to produce a solid cross-national comparison that is sensitive to context and takes into account the "system logic" of each system. A special emphasis will be placed on educational systems that are aid-dependent. Therefore, the programmatic conditionalities for receiving external financial assistance--such as, for example, global monitoring and evaluation of national developments or local adaptation of international "best practices," standards, and global education policies--will be critically examined and discussed.

The technical part of the seminar deals with indicator research in the education sector. A great emphasis is placed on the student assignments, that is, student research products. Students will select a sub-sector (e.g., early childhood education, basic education, vocational-technical education, adult education, higher education) of a country of their choice. All assignments deal with the selected educational systems. Students will be actively mentored and advised throughout the semester in order to enable them to produce a high-quality educational sector review of the country of their choice, followed by and a comparative analysis. The latter will be carried out in groups. The students in this course are expected to produce the following assignments under close guidance of the professor:

  • Annotated bibliography based on a desk review of existing project documentation, sector reviews, sector plans, and technical reports.
  • Statistic overview of key political, economic, social, and educational indicators.
  • Draft education sub-sector review.
  • Final education sub-sector review.
  • Comparative policy analysis.

Three genres of literature will be discussed:

  • Debates on education and development (printed texts and blogs)
  • Methodological texts on comparison and indicator research
  • Technical reports/studies of OECD, IEA, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, and other international organizations.
  • Syllabus
  • Support Material