Global Education Policy, Impact Evaluations, and Alternatives

The Political Economy of Knowledge Production

  • D. Brent Edwards Jr.

About this book


This book contributes to how we conceptualize and investigate the role and influence of knowledge production by international organizations within the field of global education reform. After elaborating on what it means to approach the intersection of these issues from a political economy perspective, the book develops a focus on knowledge production broadly to examine specifically the production of impact evaluations, which have come to be seen by many as the most credible form of policy-relevant knowledge. Moreover, it not only unpacks the methodological, technical, political, and organizational challenges in the production of impact evaluations, but also details an approach to critically understanding and examining the role that impact evaluations, once produced, play within the political economy of global education reform more generally. Finally, this book demonstrates the application of this approach in relation to a global education policy from El Salvador and reflects on the implications of this case for alternative ways forward, methodologically and otherwise.

D. Brent Edwards Jr. is Assistant Professor of Theory and Methodology in the Study of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, USA. His research focuses on the political economy of education reform and global education policies.  He was previously a Visiting Scholar at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central America, El Salvador, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at The University of Tokyo, Japan.


education global education policy international organizations impact evaluations World Bank knowledge production regression analysis randomized control trial RCT political economy critical review methods Education with Community Participation EDUCO El Salvador alternatives

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  • D. Brent Edwards Jr.
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Hawaii at ManoaHonolulu, HIUSA

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