Development and education

McGrath, S. (2022) Development and education. In: Tierney, R. J., Rizvi, F. and Erkican, K. (eds.) International Encyclopaedia of Education (Fourth Edition). Elsevier Science: Amsterdam, pp. 52-59. ISBN 9780128186299 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818630-5.01007-1)

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The relationship between development and education is widely seen in policy circles and in popular understanding as education for development. That is to say, education is the servant of development. Indeed, most of the time the core understanding is of schooling for development. However, the intention here is to see both development and education as inherently contestable concepts both separately and when viewed in relationship with each other. In the education for development orthodoxy there is a missing qualifier on the development side too. What is really being talked about most of the time is schooling for economic development. Yet beyond this orthodoxy, other notions of development, most notably human development and sustainable development, have led to newer counter-accounts of education and development. Beyond these, there are also accounts which move away from development to consider the relationship between education and human rights, or even between critical education and anti-development arguments. This article will consider these five dimensions of the development and education relationship.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGrath, Professor Simon
Authors: McGrath, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Published Online:18 November 2022
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