© 2016

The Political Economy of Schooling in Cambodia

Issues of Quality and Equity

  • Editors
  • Yuto Kitamura
  • D. Brent EdwardsJr.
  • Chhinh Sitha
  • James H. Williams

Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Intro

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Chhinh Sitha, D. Brent Edwards Jr., James H. Williams, Yuto Kitamura
      Pages 3-12
  3. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Takayo Ogisu, James H. Williams
      Pages 15-34
    3. D. Brent Edwards Jr., William C. Brehm
      Pages 35-53
  4. Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Takayo Ogisu
      Pages 57-75
    3. Makiko Hayashi, D. Brent Edwards Jr.
      Pages 77-98
  5. Dropout

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. D. Brent Edwards Jr., Thomas Zimmermann, Chhinh Sitha, James H. Williams, Yuto Kitamura
      Pages 143-164
  6. Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. James H. Williams, Yuto Kitamura, C. Sopcheak Keng
      Pages 167-186
    3. James H. Williams, Yuto Kitamura, Takayo Ogisu, Thomas Zimmermann
      Pages 187-203
    4. Yuto Kitamura, Naoki Umemiya, Yasushi Hirosato, Sam Sideth Dy
      Pages 205-218
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 235-245

About this book


In the most in-depth look at education in Cambodia to date, scholars long engaged in research on Cambodia provide historical context and unpack key issues of high relevance to Cambodia and other developing countries as they expand and modernize their education systems and grapple with challenges to providing a quality and equitable education.


Education Cambodia International Development Higher Education Education Policy private tutoring shadow education student-centered pedagogy teachers students with disabilities equity quality dropout Diversity education education policy education reform Educational Governance gender Governance higher education political economy research school schooling transition

About the authors

Thomas Zimmermann, University of Kassel, Germany Bunchhay Ang, Hiroshima University, Japan William C. Brehm, University of Hong Kong Makiko Hayashi, Waseda University, Japan Yukiko Hirakawa, Hiroshima University, Japan Takayo Ogisu, Michigan State University, USA Boret Heng, Hiroshima University, Japan Fata No, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia Naoki Umemiya, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Bibliographic information


“The book is a valuable contribution to the fields of international and development education and of international and comparative education. … For those familiar with Cambodia, those new to Cambodia studies, those interested in area studies, and those wanting to lean about a specific educational national context, this volume is a good reference. … A thoroughly good read!” (Phan Le Ha, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 32 (2), July, 2017)

“This new volume on Cambodian education is an invaluable contribution to Cambodian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and comparative and international development education. … it is certainly an exceedingly valuable contribution, filling a huge gap in the literature and providing a comprehensive in-depth research based portrait of contemporary education in post-conflict Cambodia.” (Gerald W. Fry, Comparative Education Review, May, 2017)

“The book fills an important niche in the comprehension of Cambodia’s unique educational situation. Researchers, students, policymakers, and others who wish to gain an expansive understanding of the situation of education today in Cambodia would benefit from reading it. … graduate students will find this book helpful in terms of various research methodologies from employing existing data on education to conducting qualitative interviews and quantitative data analyses.” (Kelly Grace and Sothy Eng, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Vol. 35 (3), 2016)