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Reforming Education Book

Reforming Education and Challenging Inequalities in Southern Contexts: Research and Policy in International Development. A Tribute to Christopher Colclough

Summary of chapters: Videos of key messages by authors

In the following short videos, authors from each chapter introduce key research findings and relate these with the work of Christopher Colclough.

Video 1: Introduction and overview


Video 2: Part One The economics and politics of educational reform


Video 3: Part Two Challenges and opportunities in addressing inequalities through education


Watch all videos in our YouTube Playlist.


PowerPoint of key messages

This PowerPoint provides an overview of key messages from each chapter of the book and how the research links with the work of Christopher Colclough.

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Online book launch event, organised by the REAL Centre

The REAL Centre held a book launch event on Tuesday 11 May 2021 to celebrate 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. At the launch, the book editors provided an overview of the book. Authors of the chapters, all of whom knew Christopher and his inspirational work well, were present to answer questions from the audience.

A 20% discount is available for the hard cover version of this book on Reforming Education and the e-book. Please use the code FLY21 when ordering either of these versions. With this discount the e-book costs £29.59.

The 20% discount can also be used for other books in the series: see Education, Poverty and International Development book series.

Book by Routledge: Visit Routledge for more information on the book and open access to the Foreword and four chapters.

See full list of chapters and authors below. Chapters 1, 6, 7 and 12 are available open access.

About the book

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.

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.

Book chapters

Foreword: A tribute to Christopher Colclough. Available Open Access.
Sir Richard Jolly

Chapter 1: Education and the reform of social inequalities in the Global South: An introduction. Available Open Access.
Pauline Rose, Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery and Nidhi Singal

Part 1: The Economics and Politics of Educational Reform

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. Available Open Access.
Louise Yorke, Pauline Rose and Alula Pankhurst

Part 2: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Inequalities through Education

Chapter 7: Overriding social inequality? Educational aspirations versus the material realities of rural families in Pakistan. Available Open Access.
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. Available Open Access.
Anuradha De and Rabea Malik

This book is part of the Routledge Education Poverty and International Development Book Series.

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