Education and Development in a Global Era: Strategies for 'Successful Globalisation'. Researching the issues 69


This is the second of two complementary books in the Researching the Issues series. It reviews economic development in the East Asian 'tiger' economies and contrasts this with accounts of varying degrees of successful engagement with globalisation by China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and the issues and factors involved, including state intervention in economic growth and the provision of education opportunities. The first book, No 68 in the series, is entitled Globalisation, Education and Development: Ideas, Actors and Dynamics. Together, these two books provide a comprehensive review of issues related to globalisation, education and development.

This second book examines the role that education has played and can play in 'successful' engagements with the global economy. It is based on secondary evidence drawn from the academic social science literature and from surveys and reports produced by governments, multi- and bi-lateral agencies and NGOs.

Chapter 1 focuses on the general literature on globalisation, education and development and the experience of the East Asian tiger economies. It examines the different theories of globalisation, how these have shaped thinking about development, and what they tell us about the roles of education in development in the context of a globalised economy. It reviews the research findings on the modes of development in East Asian 'tiger' economies and the ways in which education is seen to have contributed to these. It discusses the relevance of the East Asian experience to our four target countries and previews some of the main findings of the case studies which follow.

Chapters 2-5 present the four country cases. Each explores the specific educational and economic contexts of both economic and educational development in the period leading up to each country's recent engagement with the global economy. Each assesses the impact of policies introduced to forge and foster that engagement and on the record on export-led economic growth, income equality and national unity and peace. Each explores the contribution of education and education policy to the achievement of growth, equality and national unity to date and assesses the feasibility of current and proposed education policies that may foster beneficial engagements with the global economy in the future.

Chapter 6 synthesises the findings on the contribution of education to economic growth, equality and national unity in the context of economic globalisation.


Educational Paper No. 69, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 871 8, 256 pp.

Education and Development in a Global Era: Strategies for ‘Successful Globalisation’. Researching the issues 69

Published 1 January 2007