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School-based understanding of human rights in four countries: A commonwealth study - Education Research Paper No. 22, 1997, 62 p.

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R Bourne, J Gundara, A Dev, N Ratsoma, M Rukanda, A Smith, U Birthistle

Serial No. 22


October 1997

ISBN: 186192 095 4

Department For International Development


This is one of a series of Education Papers issued from time to time by the Education Division of the Department For International Development. Each paper represents a study or piece of commissioned research on some aspect of education and training in developing countries. Most of the studies were undertaken in order to provide informed judgements from which policy decisions could be drawn, but in each case it has become apparent that the material produced would be of interest to a wider audience, particularly but not exclusively those whose work focuses on developing countries.

Each paper is numbered serially, and further copies can be obtained through the DFID's Education Division, 94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL, subject to availability. A full list appears overleaf.

Although these papers are issued by the DFID, the views expressed in them are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the DFID's own policies or views. Any discussion of their content should therefore be addressed to the authors and not to the DFID.

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Executive summary

1 Introduction

2 Issues

a Relationships between Commonwealth membership, international conventions, national constitutions and school curricula
b Content, ownership, cross-curricular or single subject
c Resourcing, material, teacher preparation
d Effectiveness, examined or unexamined

3 Human rights and intercultural education in the Commonwealth

4 Methodology of a four country study

a Choice of countries, schools
b Conceptual map
c Relationship between student survey and contextual inquiries
d Nature of an impact study
e Questions that students could understand
f What "is" and what "ought" to be
g Linguistic issues

5 Significant country variables

a Botswana
b India
c Northern Ireland
d Zimbabwe

6 Findings of the study of student perceptions

a Law and the administration of justice
b Equality of opportunity
c History
d Civic and social rights and responsibilities
e Consumer [buyer] rights
f Violence
g Identity
h Experience of human rights education at school

7 Conclusions and recommendations reached by each country team

8 Commonwealth cooperation and the 13th conference of commonwealth education ministers, Gaborone, Botswana, 28 july -1 august 1997

9 Summary of findings of the study


Brief bibliography