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    What Community Participation in Schooling Means

    Insights from Southern Ethiopia

    Jennifer Swift-Morgan
    Community participation is a term frequently used and often cited in international educational development. In this article, Jennifer Swift-Morgan investigates the definition and impact of community participation in schooling in rural Ethiopia. Although national governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations across the developing world increasingly encourage community participation, our understanding of this term remains vague due to a lack of detailed analysis. Swift-Morgan’s qualitative study examines the form and scope of community participation. She finds that in rural Ethiopia, this range is complex, but a large portion of what is characterized as community participation is monetary contributions rather than involvement in decisionmaking or teaching and learning. Swift-Morgan also shows that there are particular challenges for the participation of women and the poor, and that financial incentives and technical assistance that encourage broad-based decisionmaking create incentives for broader community participation. Swift-Morgan concludes the article with policy implications, particularly with respect to how programs that attempt to encourage community participation can be made more effective.

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    Fall 2006 Issue


    Sexuality Education and Desire
    Still Missing after All These Years
    Michelle Fine and Sara McClelland
    What Community Participation in Schooling Means
    Insights from Southern Ethiopia
    Jennifer Swift-Morgan
    The Aspira Consent Decree
    A Thirtieth-Anniversary Retrospective of Bilingual Education in New York City
    Luis O. Reyes
    Implementing Small Theme High Schools in New York City
    Great Intentions and Great Tensions
    Jacqueline Ancess and David Allen

    Book Notes

    Teaching by Heart
    By Sara Day Hatton

    Raising Biracial Children
    By Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy

    Critical Perspectives
    Edited by Caron Atlas and Pam Korza

    Three Magic Letters
    By Michael T. Nettles and Catherine M. Millett

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