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ERIC Number: EJ1061022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1523-1615
Does Watching Help? In Search of the Theory of Change for Education Monitoring
Post, David
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v17 n1 p72-86 2015
In 2015 Education for All (EFA), concludes its 25-year cycle, and the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) publishes its final assessment of triumph and defeat in reaching the six EFA goals. Before the United Nations adopts new Sustainable Development Goals, it is essential to consider the underlying theories of monitoring. This essay addresses two basic questions and then reviews the theoretical basis of the "soft power" of monitoring. It first asks: Was there progress toward EFA goals since Jomtien? Yes, as seen from evidence presented in the GMR. Do policy reforms, state-action, and global governance promote this progress? The evidence is less clear. After touching on these questions, the essay discusses how monitoring effects change from the perspective of either neo-realism or constructivism. Both theories offer insights about monitoring, but constructivism provides a clearer view. The implications for capacity building are then discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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