Education, Policy, And Social Change

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The purpose of this contributed volume is to examine the links among research, policy, and change in education in Latin America in the context of the relationships between the economy, politics, and the state in the 1980s. The case analyses will discuss the challenges these societies face in education in their progression towards the twenty-first century.

In its various sections, the book addresses the following questions: How did education respond during the 1980s to the major sociopolitical and economic changes that affected these countries? How did the changes in the 1980s affect the relationships between education, society, and the state, and what lessons can be learned from the interaction between research and policy that may help in understanding the developmental role of education in the 1990s? And is educational research and policy helping to improve the social condition of minorities in Latin America? This volume will be of interest to scholars and policymakers in Latin American studies, educational research, education policy, and educational planning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275940805
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 234
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL A. MORALES-GOMEZ is Director, Social Policy Program with the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

CARLOS ALBERTO TORRES is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Education and Development in Latin America 1
Pt. I Education for Social Survival: Managing the Crisis of Development
1 Bolivia: Society, State, and Education in Crisis 23
2 Colombia: Educational Research and Policy - Problems of the 1980s, Issues for the 1990s 35
3 Ecuador: Basic Quechuan Education 47
4 Mexico: Modernization of Education and the Problems and Challenges of Basic Education 57
5 Peru: Education for National Identity - Ethnicity and Andean Nationalism 69
6 Venezuela: Education after Prosperity 83
Pt. II Education for Transition: From Dictatorship to Democracy
7 Argentina: Education in Transition - From Dictatorship to Democracy 101
8 Brazil: Conflicts between Public and Private Schooling and the Brazilian Constitutions 111
9 Chile: The State and Higher Education 131
Pt. III Coping with Political Turmoil and Economic Downturn: Education for National Integration
10 Costa Rica: Education and Politics - A Historical Perspective 141
11 Cuba: Educational Research and Decision Making 157
12 Nicaragua: Education and Social Transformation, 1979-91 169
Conclusion: Educational Research and Policy in the 1990s - Future Challenges 185
References 197
Index 215
About the Editors and Contributors 221
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