Learning for Development

Gordon Wilson and Hazel Johnson

Description

This book takes a learning approach to development, focusing on the learning that takes place through development action – be it intentional and structured, or the outcome of different forms of engagement.
The organizational and institutional embedding of new learning is one of the biggest challenges for development. This book in the Development Matters series takes a learning approach to development, focusing the learning that takes place through development action – be it intentional and structured, or the outcome of different forms of engagement. Learning for Development also demonstrates how important a critical awareness of the social dynamics of learning is for individuals and their organizations, and for building coherent policy and action. Through a number of case-studies and a wealth of interdisciplinary research, Learning for Development proposes a more flexible model of development action which aims to ensure that projects address the specific needs of, improves dialogue between, local groups and individuals.

Author Bio

Hazel Johnson is Professor of Development Policy at the Open University, UK. Gordon Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Technology and Development, also at the Open University, UK.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Why Learning For Development?
  • 2. Approaches to Learning For Development
  • 3. Contestation and Learning Between Multiple Stakeholders
  • 4. Joint Learning through Similarity, Difference And Mutuality In North-South Municipal Partnerships
  • 5. Changing the Self And Changing The Organization: Doing Things Better And Doing Them Differently
  • 6. Learning and Not Learning Through The Use Of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • 7. The Whys And Wherefores Of Learning For Development
  • References
  • Index

Reviews

'I commend Johnson and Wilson for this excellent book in which they reflect on the role that learning can play in development. It should be required reading for those who unreflectively do development'
Simon McGrath, Nottingham

'Learning for Development is an exciting read for anyone working in the field, provoking thought by providing real case studies around development action.'
Charlene Hewat, CEO, Environment Africa

Details

Publication Date: 12 November 2009
160 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848131989
eBook ePub: 9781848137219
eBook PDF: 9781848131996
eBook Kindle: 9781780326986
Library Edition: 9781848131972

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