Quality and Qualities

Tensions in Education Reforms

  • Clementina Acedo
  • Don Adams
  • Simona Popa

Part of the Comparative and International Education book series (CIEDV, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Don Adams, Clementina Acedo, Simona Popa
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jorge M. Gorostiaga, Adrián Ferreira
    Pages 23-40
  4. Nagwa Megahed, Mark Ginsburg, Antar Abdellah, Ayman Zohry
    Pages 41-67
  5. Matthew Rhodes
    Pages 69-84
  6. Lam Quang Thiep, Vu Thi Phuong Anh
    Pages 125-142
  7. Macrina C. Lelei, John C. Weidman
    Pages 143-162
  8. Rebecca A. Clothey
    Pages 163-181
  9. Francisco Téllez, María José Ramírez
    Pages 183-196
  10. Don Adams, Clementina Acedo, Simona Popa
    Pages 197-208
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 209-213

About this book


Quality and Qualities: Tensions in Education Reforms is a provocative call for understanding and further exploring the elusive concept of quality in education. Although education quality has acquired high priority in the past few decades, the multiplicity of conceptualizations of quality also reflects the concerns and foci of multiple stakeholders. Coming to an understanding of quality education involves careful analysis of the context from which any particular reform or program emerges and of the continuing struggle to define and achieve it. Two main questions persist: who benefits from particular policies focused on quality? And what are the potential tradeoffs between a focus on quality, equitable distribution of education, and inclusion of various traditional expectations? This book explores notions of quality as understood within various systems of national, formal, and nonformal education. Also it considers the tensions that arise with the introduction of new standardized notions of quality in relation to international measures and educational reforms in developing countries. In all cases, specific national issues and concerns compete with global agendas.Challenges to quality that are given particular attention in the book chapters include changing definitions of quality, high expectations for education and issues with implementation, and the introduction of English as a means to achieve quality in a globalizing world. Special attention is also given to possible actions that support a more equitable education without ignoring the requisite of quality. The final chapter suggests three models/choices for seeking higher quality and guiding the educational future of nations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Clementina Acedo
    • 1
  • Don Adams
    • 2
  • Simona Popa
    • 3
  1. 1.UNESCO International Bureau of EducationGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of PittsburghUSA
  3. 3.UNESCO International Bureau of EducationGenevaSwitzerland

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