Book Launch – Reforming Education and Challenging Inequalities in Southern Contexts: Research and Policy in International Development. A tribute to Chris Colclough

Date: 11 May 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event Type: Book Launch

Online book launch event, organised by the REAL Centre: 1-2:30pm Tuesday 11 May. Sign up here.

Join us for a book launch event to celebrate the work of the late Christopher Colclough, who, as a leading figure in education and international development, played a key role in the global fight for education for all children. At the launch, the book editors will provide an overview of the book. Authors of the chapters, all of whom knew Chris and his inspirational work well, will be present to answer questions from the audience. Short videos of key messages from each Chapter will be made available a fortnight ahead of the event (a link will be sent to those signing up).

Book release by Routledge: 25 March 2021 (e-Book £33.29). More information here. A 20% discount on the book and e-book will be available to those attending the launch.

Chapters 1, 6, 7 and 12 are available open access here. See also full Chapter and author list below.

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About the book:

This book offers in-depth analyses of how education interacts with social inequality in Southern contexts. Drawing on a range of disciplinary frameworks, it presents new analyses of existing knowledge and new empirical data which define the challenges and possibilities of successful educational reform.

The book critically engages with international evidence of educational access, retention and outcomes, offering new understandings of how social inequalities currently facilitate, mediate or restrict educational opportunities. It exposes the continuing influence of wealth and regional inequalities and caste and gendered social structures.

Researchers in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Uganda highlight how the aspirations of families living in poverty remain unfilled by poor-quality education and low economic opportunities and how schools and teachers currently address issues of gender, disability and diversity. The book highlights a range of new priorities for research and identifies some necessary strategies for education reform, policy approaches and school practice, if educational equality for all children is to be achieved.

The book will be of great interest to researchers, scholars, educational practitioners and policy-makers in the fields of economics, politics and sociology of education, international education, poverty research and international development.



A tribute to Chris Colclough

Sir Richard Jolly

Chapter 1

Education and the reform of social inequalities in the Global South: An introduction.

Pauline Rose, Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery and Nidhi Singal


Chapter 2

The changing pattern of returns to education: What impact will this have on earnings inequality?

Harry Anthony Patrinos

Chapter 3

Unequal access to education: Accounting for change and counting costs.

Keith M. Lewin

Chapter 4

Education for All in India and Sri Lanka: The drivers and interests shaping egalitarian reforms.

Angela W. Little

Chapter 5

Public–private partnerships in education: Do they offer an equitable solution to education in India and Pakistan?

Monazza Aslam and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Chapter 6

The influence of politics on girls’ education in Ethiopia.

Louise Yorke, Pauline Rose and Alula Pankhurst


Chapter 7

Overriding social inequality? Educational aspirations versus the material realities of rural families in Pakistan.

Arif Naveed

Chapter 8

Confronting social inequality through fertility change in Punjab, Pakistan: The role of girls’ schooling.

Feyza Bhatti and Roger Jeffery

Chapter 9

Teenage pregnancy and social inequality: An impediment to achieving schooling for all in Uganda.

Florence Kyoheirwe Muhanguzi and Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Chapter 10

Complementary basic education: Parental and learner experiences and choices in Ghana’s northern regions.

Leslie Casely-Hayford with Adom Baisie Ghartey and Justice Agyei-Quartey

Chapter 11

Addressing dilemmas of difference: Teachers’ strategies to include children with disabilities in rural primary schools in India.

Nidhi Singal

Chapter 12

Social distance, teachers’ beliefs and teaching practices in a context of social disadvantage: Evidence from India and Pakistan.

Anuradha De and Rabea Malik