education

07 Nov, 2017

Why are some children able to ‘beat the odds’ stacked against them early in life?

We know that children who grow up in poverty are disproportionately more likely to leave school early and less likely to enter post-secondary schooling. We also know that they are disproportionately more...

26 Oct, 2017

Islamic education and feminist agency

In recent years, scholars interested in the study of gender issues in Muslim societies have been fascinated by one particular phenomenon: the emergence and spread of female Islamic education movements.

04 Sep, 2017

Private schools in India: more learning, more inequality?

Within education research, a great deal of attention has been paid to the effectiveness of different types of school within developing countries over the past decade or so, and in particular to the rise of...

29 Jun, 2017

Do aspirations and well-being matter for children’s outcomes? Lessons from Peru

The linkages between parent’s circumstances, well-being, and aspirations and their children’s outcomes is a fundamental question for social scientists and policymakers in countries at all levels of...

11 May, 2017

One, two, three star! Pre-school attendance and numeracy skills development

The potential of quality early childhood care and education to transform childrens’ lives is now widely recognised in research, in policy and in service delivery. Most significantly at a global level, the...

28 Mar, 2017

Bridging the gaps: diverse learning outcomes in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam

Educational attainment is as much about where a child goes to school as her home advantage. School systems vary widely in effectiveness – yet there is more nuance in the picture when we examine the overlap...

21 Mar, 2017

Sustainable pedagogies, at home and away

If human development involves ‘taking an interest in the lives that people actually lead’, then anthropology is its privileged interlocutor. Perhaps our most distinguishing feature is our methods....

12 Aug, 2016

How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind

There are more young people in the world than ever before. While some see the planet’s 3.1 billion under 25-year-olds as a threat, others see the true potential of this demographic dividend. On...

30 Jun, 2016

First thoughts on this year’s State of the World’s Children

Two big reports are out this week – first, UNICEFs ‘State of the World’s Children’ report, and second (given I write from the UK), the UK’s own annual official statistical report on low incomes within the...

01 Jun, 2016

Mind the gender gap(s): Young Lives evidence on gender and education

The new Young Lives research and policy findings on early marriage and teenage pregnancy launched in India recently have important implications for education, particularly for girls and their access to...

03 Mar, 2016

In defence of Rhodes Must Fall and the struggle for recognition at Oxford

In 1993, Edward Said – the celebrated Palestinian literary theoretician and professor of comparative literature at Columbia University – gave the Reith lectures for the BBC. A quote from this series of...

24 Feb, 2016

Rhodes Must Fall: from dignity to honour values

How many of those called racist or sexist are actually guilty of racism or sexism? Some are, but what about the others? Why is calling someone a racist or sexist different from calling them a liar or a...

30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.

26 May, 2015

Tough boys and docile girls? Questioning the use of corporal punishment in schools

Globally, corporal punishment is widely used in schools despite international concern about the effects on children and the implications for their capacity to benefit from school. And yet it persists....