Universities and community-based research in developing countries: community voice and educational provision in rural Tanzania

Kamando, A. and Doyle, L. (2013) Universities and community-based research in developing countries: community voice and educational provision in rural Tanzania. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 19(1), pp. 17-38. (doi:10.7227/JACE.19.1.3)

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Abstract

The main focus of recent research on the community engagement role of universities has been in developed countries, generally in towns and cities and usually conducted from the perspectives of universities rather than the communities with which they engage. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the community engagement role of universities in the rural areas of developing countries, and its potential for strengthening the voice of rural communities. The particular focus is on the provision of primary and secondary education. The paper is based on the assumption that in order for community members to have both the capacity and the confidence to engage in political discourse for improving educational capacity and quality, they need the opportunity to become involved and well-versed in the options available, beyond their own experience. Particular attention is given in the paper to community-based research (CBR). CBR is explored from the perspectives of community members and local leaders in the government-community partnerships which have responsibility for the provision of primary and secondary education in rural Tanzania. The historical and policy background of the partnerships, together with findings from two case studies, provide the context for the paper.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Dr Lesley
Authors: Kamando, A., and Doyle, L.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Adult and Continuing Education
Publisher:Manchester University Press
ISSN:1477-9714
ISSN (Online):1479-7194
Published Online:08 July 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Manchester University Press
First Published:First published in Journal of Adult and Continuing Education 19(1):2177-2184
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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