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Research and Evaluation for Educational Development
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Bristol Papers in Education

Research and Evaluation for Educational Development

learning from the PRISM experience in Kenya


2005 paperback 144 pages, £30.00, ISBN 978-1-873927-20-5

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About the book

This book provides a reflective and historically situated analysis of the Kenyan Primary School Management Project (PRISM). This is carried out in the light of a broader international review of the theoretical and methodological literature relating to the role, and potential, of research and evaluation in the process of educational development. The case study of PRISM pays particular attention to the part played by collaborative and participatory research and evaluation in project development and implementation. The book is designed to be read on two main levels. Firstly, it provides a detailed, critical and empirically informed record of the Kenyan PRISM initiative. Secondly, the broader analysis explores implications for changing modalities of international development co-operation; for research and evaluation capacity building; for methodological and theoretical dimensions of development processes; and for the importance of comparative insights in understanding the processes and dilemmas of the international transfer of theories, policies and practices.



Educational Research and Evaluation for Development

Participatory and Collaborative Models of Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation for the Primary School Management Project (PRISM) in Kenya: a case study

Learning from the PRISM Experience

Conclusions: development as product or process?




Notes on Contributors


Michael Crossley is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education, UK. He is currently editor of journal Comparative Education, and is a former chair of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE).

Andrew Herriot was formerly Adviser in Headteacher Planning and Management in Kenya, from 1996 to 2000, and has worked for CfBT, DFID, the British Council and other international agencies on education and development projects. He is currently working in Doha, Qatar, as CfBT’s Resident Representative to the Supreme Education Council.

Judith Waudo is Professor and Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Miriam Mwirotsi was National Coordinator for PRISM and is currently Director of Educational Planning and Policy, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.

Keith Holmes was a Research Associate at the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education, UK, when this book was being written. He is now a Resident Fellow at UNESCO/IIEP, in Paris.

Magdallen Juma, formerly at Kenyatta University, now works for the African Virtual University.

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