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
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