This rapid review aims to examine:
- The conceptual frameworks underpinning education systems research in
low and middle income countries (LMICS) and to what extent these are
clearly articulated and widely accepted.
- The extent and nature of education systems research in LMICs, its key
findings and quality.
The results of the review are presented in 4 sections:
- Conceptual frameworks proposed by International Organisations and
- Discussion papers, Literature Reviews and Strategy Documents
proposing a conceptual framework for education systems
- Individual country case studies of education systems
- Comparative case studies or comparative education systems research
- A wide range of conceptual frameworks were identified regarding
education systems in low and middle income countries but these were
not accepted widely or used extensively as a basis for research.
- Many of the conceptual frameworks were proposed in policy discussion
papers or developed as implementation tools rather than being
primarily intended as research frameworks.
- There is a need for more agreement regarding the conceptual frameworks
which should underpin education systems research to enable more direct
comparison between research studies and the development of a strong
Featherstone, I.; Bolton, L. Helpdesk Report: Rapid Review of Education Systems Research in Low and Middle Income Countries. (2013) 22 pp.