This volume brings together eight case studies which describe a variety of initiatives to create more effective schools for children of poverty, especially in the Third World. The initiatives reviewed published and unpublished documents and both qualitative and statistical studies were examined. Countries include Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Ghana, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States. Each initiative was developed independently to address unique challenges and situations but taken as a group, the features of the approaches described in this volume can be viewed as a basis for considering the development of effective schools strategies in other contexts.
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Table of Contents
1. Creativing Effective Schools. 2. The Condition of Primary Education in Developing Countries 3. How Can Schooling Help Improve the Lives of the Poorest? 4. The New School Program: More and Better Primary Education for Children in Rural Areas in Colombia 5. CIEP: A Democratic School Model for Educating Economically Disadvantaged Students in Brazil? 6. Improving Educational Effectiveness in a Plantation School: The Case of the Gonakelle School in Sri Lanka 7. Local Initiatives and Their Implications for a Multi-Level Approach to School Improvement in Thailand 8. Providing Quality Education When Resources are Scarce: Strategies for Increasing Primary School Effectiveness in Burundi. 9. Accelerated Schools in the United States: Do They Have Relevance for Developing Countries? Index.