Quality of education, comparability, and assessment choice in developing countries

Wagner, D.
Date of publication: 
Wed, 2010-12-01


Over the past decade, international development agencies have begun to emphasize

the improvement of the quality (rather than simply quantity) of education in

developing countries. This new focus has been paralleled by a significant increase

in the use of educational assessments as a way to measure gains and losses in

Assessing Basic Competencies Among Youth and Young Adults in Developing Countries: Analytic Survey Framework and Implementation Guidelines

Wagner, Daniel; Sabatini, John; Gal, Iddo
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1999-04-12

The overall goal of this activity is three-fold: to try to
improve our understanding of the nature of basic learning
competencies (BLCs) within and across societies; to assist
governments and multinational agencies in obtaining reliable and
useful information in this domain in order to improve in-school

What Makes Workers Learn: The Role of Incentives in Workplace Education

Hirsch, Donald
Date of publication: 
Sun, 1995-01-01

Adult education and training will be a necessity rather than an optional
luxury in advanced economies in the twenty-first century for three reasons:
(1) the accelerated pace of change in the global economy and the penetration
of new technologies into nearly every aspect of daily life; (2) demographic

Early Childhood, Family and Health Literacy: International Perspectives

Puchner, Laurel
Date of publication: 
Thu, 1995-06-01

This paper examines early childhood development, family, health, and
literacy, placing particular emphasis on the need to consider the
interrelationships between these factors when attempting to use literacy to
improve the quality of life of individuals in developing countries. The paper
provides a conceptual model of the interrelationships between the factors,

Literacy and Cultural Thoughtfulness: The Power and Helplessness Within and Beyond Cultural Boundaries

Fagan, William
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

Literacy cannot be separated from peoples' sociocultural contexts and from their self-conceptualizations within those
contexts. A person's literacy functioning will depend upon the role literacy plays in meeting one's goals and in the
resulting construction of one's self-image. Within context, not only written language, but the interaction between written

Lifting Literacy Levels with Story Books: Evidence from the South Pacific, Singapore, Sri Lanka and South Africa

Elley, Warwick; Cutting, Brian; Mangubhai, Francis; Hugo, Cynthia
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

Over the past two decades, a number of researchers and language specialists have been addressing this problem, with
some success, in the primary schools of the South Pacific, South-East Asia, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Briefly, the

National Language Versus Native Language Literacy: Choices and Dilemmas in School Instruction Medium

Baker, Victoria
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

While studies continue to show the advantages of educating children in their mother tongue---both for their later
acquisition and transference of reading skills to other languages, and for their total gain from educational input---the
mother tongue as medium of instruction still meets with resistance from many of the very participants who might profit

Smaller, quicker, cheaper: alternative literacy assessment strategies in the UN Literacy Decade

Wagner, Daniel A.
Date of publication: 
Wed, 2003-01-01


In the context of the UN Literacy Decade (declared in February 2003), the present paper

suggests three parameters that should be considered when new tools for assessment are

considered in less developed countries (LDCs), each of which poses a special challenge to

international comparative literacy assessment, such as in the International Adult Literacy

New Technologies for Literacy and Adult Education

Wagner, Daniel A., Kozma, Robert
Date of publication: 
Sat, 2005-01-01


In January 2002, and in the context of the Education for All and

Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations General

Assembly proclaimed the years 2003–2012 to be the United Nations

Literacy Decade (UN, 2002a), which was officially launched on 13

February 2003. The founding resolution (Resolution 56/116) reaffirmed

Monitoring and Measuring Literacy

Wagner, Daniel A.
Date of publication: 
Mon, 2004-07-05


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