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Nuts for Education

Sköld, Maja LU (2015) MIDM19 20151
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract (Swedish)
The purpose of this study was to add to the understanding of how context specific factors may lead to challenges for parents to make investments in their children's education. This was done by conducting a case study in the rural village of Kyzyl Unkur, Kyrgyzstan. Semi structured interviews were used in order to explored challenges faced by parents. The main challenges found were: family farming and walnut harvest; the labor market and migration; low education quality; corruption; and practices based on gender norms. The study was furthermore aimed at problematizing these challenges in the context of national education policies, by answering the question of whose realities are represented in the policies. The study identified... (More)
The purpose of this study was to add to the understanding of how context specific factors may lead to challenges for parents to make investments in their children's education. This was done by conducting a case study in the rural village of Kyzyl Unkur, Kyrgyzstan. Semi structured interviews were used in order to explored challenges faced by parents. The main challenges found were: family farming and walnut harvest; the labor market and migration; low education quality; corruption; and practices based on gender norms. The study was furthermore aimed at problematizing these challenges in the context of national education policies, by answering the question of whose realities are represented in the policies. The study identified discrepancies between respondent's realities and the education policies, and analyzed these by using concepts from the participatory development approach. Two of the main challenges faced by parents were not addressed by the policies; hence they failed to fully represent the context in which respondents lived. Additionally, many of the policy measures were found to be failing to represent the complexity of the challenges faced by parent in Kyzyl Unkur. (Less)
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author
Sköld, Maja LU
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organization
course
MIDM19 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
challenges of educational investments, participatory development, education policy, human capital theory
language
English
id
5422191
date added to LUP
2015-06-29 15:22:04
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to add to the understanding of how context specific factors may lead to challenges for parents to make investments in their children's education. This was done by conducting a case study in the rural village of Kyzyl Unkur, Kyrgyzstan. Semi structured interviews were used in order to explored challenges faced by parents. The main challenges found were: family farming and walnut harvest; the labor market and migration; low education quality; corruption; and practices based on gender norms. The study was furthermore aimed at problematizing these challenges in the context of national education policies, by answering the question of whose realities are represented in the policies. The study identified discrepancies between respondent's realities and the education policies, and analyzed these by using concepts from the participatory development approach. Two of the main challenges faced by parents were not addressed by the policies; hence they failed to fully represent the context in which respondents lived. Additionally, many of the policy measures were found to be failing to represent the complexity of the challenges faced by parent in Kyzyl Unkur.},
  author       = {Sköld, Maja},
  keyword      = {challenges of educational investments,participatory development,education policy,human capital theory},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Nuts for Education},
  year         = {2015},
}