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Innovation and the quest for sustainability

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Development projects are often implemented to produce results in the short term in order to prove their effectiveness. This approach is often undertaken at the expense of building the capacity of local actors to participate in, own and sustain the innovation introduced by the project. The USAID/BE Project introduced a curricular innovation by creating a national commission comprised of key stakeholders in education, civil society, and the business sector to discern the outcomes of middle school education and the values that should undergird the reform. A secretariat of the commission conducted a curricular mapping exercise to analyze current practices in teaching and learning in a sample of classrooms and to help the commission understand better the actual rather than the perceived needs in teaching and learning. This mapping provided first hand evidence of classroom practices that are largely teacher-centered, students’ disaffection with learning due to a lack of real world connection to the curriculum, and teachers seeking more support in becoming better teachers. This evidence provided the fodder and the motivation for education actors to embrace the intended reforms. This presentation will address the CIES theme of independence and agency by illustrating steps taken by the USAID/BE Project to manage and negotiate the tensions of building stakeholder engagement and participation – a strategy that is laying the groundwork for sustainable reform in middle school education in Senegal.
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Nicoleau, Guitele. "Innovation and the quest for sustainability" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493797_index.html>

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Nicoleau, G. "Innovation and the quest for sustainability" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493797_index.html

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Abstract: Development projects are often implemented to produce results in the short term in order to prove their effectiveness. This approach is often undertaken at the expense of building the capacity of local actors to participate in, own and sustain the innovation introduced by the project. The USAID/BE Project introduced a curricular innovation by creating a national commission comprised of key stakeholders in education, civil society, and the business sector to discern the outcomes of middle school education and the values that should undergird the reform. A secretariat of the commission conducted a curricular mapping exercise to analyze current practices in teaching and learning in a sample of classrooms and to help the commission understand better the actual rather than the perceived needs in teaching and learning. This mapping provided first hand evidence of classroom practices that are largely teacher-centered, students’ disaffection with learning due to a lack of real world connection to the curriculum, and teachers seeking more support in becoming better teachers. This evidence provided the fodder and the motivation for education actors to embrace the intended reforms. This presentation will address the CIES theme of independence and agency by illustrating steps taken by the USAID/BE Project to manage and negotiate the tensions of building stakeholder engagement and participation – a strategy that is laying the groundwork for sustainable reform in middle school education in Senegal.


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