Reconsidering the evidence base, considering the rural: aiming for a better understanding of the education and training needs of Sub-Saharan African teachers

Buckler, Alison (2011). Reconsidering the evidence base, considering the rural: aiming for a better understanding of the education and training needs of Sub-Saharan African teachers. International Journal of Educational Development, 31(3) pp. 244–250.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2010.04.003

Abstract

Providing basic education for all children by 2015 is one of the world’s major educational objectives and teachers are crucial to achieving this. This article argues that not enough attention has been paid to the specific training needs of teachers in rural areas. Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa it argues (i) that largescale statistical data should highlight rather than mask urban–rural disparities and (ii) that ethnographic studies of teachers can provide rich descriptions of specific training needs. Drawing on a study of rural teachers’ lives it suggests that a reconsideration of the evidence base for teacher education is necessary.

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