1st Edition

Reforming Education and Challenging Inequalities in Southern Contexts Research and Policy in International Development

    286 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers in-depth analyses of how education interacts with social inequality in Southern contexts. Drawing on a range of disciplinary frameworks, it presents new analyses of existing knowledge and new empirical data which define the challenges and possibilities of successful educational reform. It is a tribute to the work of the late Christopher Colclough, who, as a leading figure in education and international development, played a key role in the global fight for education for all children.

    The book critically engages with international evidence of educational access, retention and outcomes, offering new understandings of how social inequalities currently facilitate, mediate or restrict educational opportunities. It exposes the continuing influence of wealth and regional inequalities and caste and gendered social structures. Researchers in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Uganda highlight how the aspirations of families living in poverty remain unfilled by poor-quality education and low economic opportunities and how schools and teachers currently address issues of gender, disability and diversity. The book highlights a range of new priorities for research and identifies some necessary strategies for education reform, policy approaches and school practice, if educational equality for all children is to be achieved.

    The book will be of great interest to researchers, scholars, educational practitioners and policy-makers in the fields of economics, politics and sociology of education, international education, poverty research and international development.

    The Foreword, Chapters 1, 6, 7, and 12 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429293467 under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license (Foreword, Chapters 1, 6, and 12) and a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (Chapter 7).


    Foreword: A tribute to Chris Colclough

    Sir Richard Jolly

    Chapter 1

    Education and the reform of social inequalities in the Global South: An introduction.

    Pauline Rose, Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery and Nidhi Singal


    Chapter 2

    The changing pattern of returns to education: What impact will this have on earnings inequality?

    Harry Anthony Patrinos

    Chapter 3

    Unequal access to education: Accounting for change and counting costs.

    Keith M. Lewin

    Chapter 4

    Education for All in India and Sri Lanka: The drivers and interests shaping egalitarian reforms.

    Angela W. Little

    Chapter 5

    Public–private partnerships in education: Do they offer an equitable solution to education in India and Pakistan?

    Monazza Aslam and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

    Chapter 6

    The influence of politics on girls’ education in Ethiopia.

    Louise Yorke, Pauline Rose and Alula Pankhurst



    Chapter 7

    Overriding social inequality? Educational aspirations versus the material realities of rural families in Pakistan.

    Arif Naveed

    Chapter 8

    Confronting social inequality through fertility change in Punjab, Pakistan: The role of girls’ schooling.

    Feyza Bhatti and Roger Jeffery

    Chapter 9

    Teenage pregnancy and social inequality: An impediment to achieving schooling for all in Uganda

    Florence Kyoheirwe Muhanguzi and Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

    Chapter 10

    Complementary basic education: Parental and learner experiences and choices in Ghana’s northern regions.

    Leslie Casely-Hayford with Adom Baisie Ghartey and Justice Agyei-Quartey

    Chapter 11

    Addressing dilemmas of difference: Teachers’ strategies to include children with disabilities in rural primary schools in India.

    Nidhi Singal

    Chapter 12

    Social distance, teachers’ beliefs and teaching practices in a context of social disadvantage: Evidence from India and Pakistan.

    Anuradha De and Rabea Malik


    Pauline Rose is Professor of International Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Madeleine Arnot is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Roger Jeffery is Professorial Fellow in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Nidhi Singal is Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.


    "This volume is a both a provocative tribute to Professor Chris Colclough, and a welcome contribution to the study of education and social inequality. With chapters by some of the world’s leading social scientists, the book draws on Christopher Colclough’s intellectual legacy and a wide range of theories and cutting-edge empirical work, to highlight the cross-sectoral roots of disadvantage and marginalization in education. The book not only advances  our understanding of social inequality in education – but considers policies most likely to lead to a more equitable future." 

    Karen Mundy, Professor of International and Comparative Education  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada.

    "This beautifully written and well edited book is a fitting acknowledgement of Chris Colclough’s immense contribution to the global agenda and action on education for all. It brings together masterful analytical and practical insights into how social and economic inequalities impact on outcomes of schooling, and how education reforms should respond to achieve more equitable outcomes. An important read for anyone who seeks to understand and address educational inequalities in global south contexts".

    Kwame Akyeampong, Professor of International Education and Development, The Open University, UK.


    "This is an exemplary collection of scholarly papers exploring the issue of inequality in schooling in the global south. Focusing especially on experiences from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, they bring new insights into our understanding of the various dimensions of the problem and warn how persistence of unequal access to quality education could negate the benefits accruing from quantitative expansion of schooling in the post-Jomtien decades. The book is a befitting tribute to Chris Colclough who devoted his entire professional life to the study of this subject. " 

    Rangachar Govinda, Emeritus Professor and former Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning, New Delhi, India.


    "The right to education is the foundation stone for more equitable and inclusive societies. Nobody championed that right more powerfully or more effectively than Christopher Colclough. This book is a fitting tribute to his life and work, and a reminder that ‘education for all’ is an unfinished business"

    Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children UK