Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author King, Kenneth, 1940-

Title Education, Skills and International Cooperation : Comparative and Historical Perspectives / Kenneth King
Published Cham : Springer, 2019
Online access available from:
Springer eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (396 pages)
Series CERC Studies in Comparative Education ; v. 36
CERC studies in comparative education ; 36
Contents Intro; Contents; List of Abbreviations; List of Tables; List of Figures; Foreword; References; Introduction; Connecting with African history, development studies, and education in Kenya and UK; Stumbling across Kenya's informal sector; The role of aid in international education and skills development; Education and training for self-employment: Kenya's informal sector revisited; Research about the impact of primary education; Researching text; Revisiting the 'vocational school fallacy'; Africa's informal economies: Thirty years on; Re-targeting schools, skills and jobs
Some Pointers to the Improvement of SymmetrySummary Comments on Research Capacity in the South; Chapter 4; Reference; Education and Training for Self-Employment in Kenya; Vocationalisation of basic education for self-employment in Kenya; The Kenyan form of vocational secondary and post-secondary education; Jua kali attitudes to school reforms far self-employment; References; Chapter 5; References; Exploring the Impact of Primary Education; The 'farmer education fallacy in development planning'; The Policy Impact of the Farmer Education Research; Education and its Two Enabling Environments
The Scope of Aid-related Educational Research and EvaluationSector Assessments as Educational Research; Educational Data in the Agencies and its Availability; Educational Policy Development as Research; Agency Seminars and Expert Meetings as Educational Research; The Inter-agency Dimension of Aid to Education: The Search for Consensus; Summary on the Growth of Institutional Capacity within the Donor Community; The Development of Institutional Research Capacity in the South; The Relative Invisibility of Third World Education Research; Making the Agency World more Visible
The global monitoring of skills -- 1990-2012Research and knowledge in development aid; Discovering China's aid to Africa; India's massive skills development ambitions; Preliminary conclusions; References; Chapter 1; Context, culture and chance; References; The Phelps-Stokes Commissions and the Politics of Negro Education (1971); Chapter 2; References; Skill Acquisition in the Informal Sector; The Span of Informal Sector Activity; Productive Crafts in the Informal Sector; 1. Exclusively informal sector products and skills; 2. Industries and skills common to formal and informal sectors; Formally
Through casual labour to skilled manIndigenous skill acquisition; 1. Fees.; 2. Length of training.; 3. The paradox of the open apprenticeship.; 4. Character of the trainees.; 5. Product technology and urban-rural diffusion.; Policy Conclusions and Definitions; Informal education and training; Technology of improvisation with labour intensity; Informal wage structures, determined by productivity not certification; Informal products and services; Chapter 3; Inter-agency analytic capacity; Development of research capacity in the South; References; Aid, Research and Education
Summary This book highlights some of Kenneth King's diverse contributions to international and comparative education, African studies and development studies over more than four decades. From his pioneering work on the first educational commissions to Africa, through his research on skills training in the informal sector, and on to his critical analysis of education analysis in development agencies, this book makes influential materials available in one place. Appropriately, it illustrates his career-long connections with Kenya, but also his more recent engagement with Japan, China and India. It is the first CERC volume to pay significant attention to the policies and politics of skills development. Kenneth King is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Edinburgh. He was based in and directed its Centre of African Studies for many years, and lectured on international perspectives in education and training in its School of Education. His research interests have addressed the politics and planning of skills development, including in the informal sector of the economy, aid policies towards education of both Western and Asian donors, and higher education cooperation. He founded NORRAG, the network for international policies and cooperation in education and training, in 1986, and edited NORRAG News until 2016. He was President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) from 2014-2016, and was one of the founding members of the UK Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET)
Notes Conclusion on a two-way relationship of education and training with their enabling environments
Print version record
Subject Education -- International cooperation
Education -- International cooperation.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 303029790X