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Professional capacity and organizational change as measures of educational effectiveness: assessing the impact of postgraduate education in development policy and management

Johnson, Hazel and Thomas, Alan (2004). Professional capacity and organizational change as measures of educational effectiveness: assessing the impact of postgraduate education in development policy and management. Compare: A journal of comparative education, 34(3) pp. 301–314.

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Abstract

We tend to measure educational performance by students' attainment in coursework or examinations. In the case of professional education, the impact of the educational programme on the students' own capacities to enhance their work practices, and the wider organizational effects of the students' education and training, are also key 'products' of the educational process. This is particularly important with education for Development Policy and Management (DPAM), which is directly concerned with capacity-building. This article adopts a work-related approach to educational effectiveness and examines four professional programmes in DPAM--three in Southern Africa and one in the UK. Through the analysis of the results of surveys and case studies, the article demonstrates how a positive learning experience is related to the application of learning at work. However the conditions for applying learning also depend strongly on organizational context, as do the wider organizational impacts of learning. The article presents a broad approach to assessing educational effectiveness in professional programmes which incorporate these factors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 British Association for International and Comparative Education
ISSN: 1469-3623
Keywords: educational effectiveness; postgraduate education; capacity building; development policy; development management; Southern Africa; UK
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 5067
Depositing User: Hazel Johnson
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 22:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/5067
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