The role of education in development: an educationalist’s response to some recent work in development economics

McGrath, Simon (2010) The role of education in development: an educationalist’s response to some recent work in development economics. Comparative Education, 46 (2). pp. 237-253. ISSN 0305-0068

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Abstract

This paper delves beneath the widespread belief that education (often repackaged as human capital) is important in development to consider the role that the discipline of education plays in shaping the wider discourses of development. In particular, it will explore recent texts by important figures in development economics (Collier, Easterly, Sachs and Stiglitz) to see what they say (and don’t say) about education’s role in development and to contrast this with educationalists’ accounts. This will lead on to a consideration of what the implications of such a reading are for the field of international and comparative education. The paper concludes that the relative marginalisation of educational accounts in mainstream development thinking is a major challenge to which international and comparative education needs to respond.

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Additional Information:This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Comparative Education, 2010, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050061003775553
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
ID Code:1691
Deposited By:McGrath, Professor Simon
Deposited On:19 Sep 2012 10:42
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