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Verspoor, Adriaan 1942-

Works: 28 works in 124 publications in 2 languages and 2,806 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree
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Most widely held works by Adriaan Verspoor
At the crossroads : choices for secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa by Adriaan Verspoor( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expanded access to and improved quality of secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa are key ingredients for economic growth in the region. This Secondary Education in Africa (SEIA) synthesis report makes this point by bringing together a significant volume of analytical work sponsored by the World Bank and by many African and international partners. At the Crossroads: Choices for Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa argues the case for broad and equitable access for a basic education cycle of 8 to 10 years, as well as for expanded education and training opportunities. This book provides
Secondary education in Ethiopia : supporting growth and transformation by R. D Joshi( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming a middle-income economy is an explicit development goal of many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This book assesses the implications of that goal for secondary education in Ethiopia. It shows that a rapid expansion of secondary education will be needed to support the country?s transition from a low-income economy with substantial subsistence agriculture to a lower-middle-income economy with an increased share of commercial agriculture, as well as growing industrial and service sectors. As Ethiopia moves towards this goal, the demand for a labor force with skills beyond basic literacy
Improving primary education in developing countries by Marlaine E Lockheed( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planning education reforms in developing countries : the contingency approach by Dennis A Rondinelli( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on education improvement programs in developing countries, this book offers a set of guidelines for applying contingency theory in planning such projects and for selecting appropriate management strategies to implement them. The success of people-centered development programs depends on planners' ability to tailor services to different groups' particular needs and changing people's behavior so that they may more effectively help themselves. The first chapter reviews experience with education improvement plans funded by international assistance organizations such as the World Bank, identifies education innovation characteristics, and traces their implications for selecting project management strategies. Chapter 2 reviews contingency theory, and chapter 3 describes an operational framework for using it to analyze the management requirements of a project and the management capacity of implementing agencies. The next four chapters thoroughly discuss the main elements of contingency analysis, including the environment, task innovation, cultural values, management structures, and organizational structures. The final chapter shows how planners can use the results of these analyses to develop management capacity in organizations that will carry out educational reforms and to modify project and program designs to increase the chances for success. (134 references) (mlh)
A chance to learn : knowledge and finance for education in Sub-Saharan Africa by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without rapid and substantial improvements in education access and quality, broader poverty reduction efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa will be thwarted. This book argues that at the cusp of the 21st century, the opportunity to address the often intractable problems of education in Sub-Saharan Africa is perhaps greater than at any time in the past two decades. Economic growth has resumed in many countries, the political commitment to education development is strong, and new democracies have created a more favorable environment for the participation of civil society and communities in policy formulation and program implementation. Information and communication technologies offer new opportunities to overcome the constraints of distance and time. Increased debt relief and stronger international partnerships in favor of education will help ease the financing constraints on accelerating education development. This book proposes a strategy and a program of action for the World Bank's Africa Region, which is striving to support countries in their efforts to accelerate education development. It summarizes the challenges facing education development in Africa, suggests key elements of country responses, discusses the implications of these responses, and proposes actions for improving the World Bank's effectiveness as a partner in education development. In doing so, it lays the groundwork for future increases of World Bank support for education development in Africa. (Contains 10 figures, 5 tables, 24 boxes, and a 95-item bibliography.) (BT)
Pathways to change : improving the quality of education in developing countries by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and French and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The World Bank has supported a broad spectrum of educational reform programs. The outcomes of many of these programs have been mixed. A review of Bank experience found that the most successful programs have a different profile than the less successful programs. The former aimed at comprehensive change, encompassing a wide range of objectives that include administrative and management training and the provision of educational materials as well as the usual curriculum and teacher training components. Most importantly, they adopted an implementation strategy that was congruent with political and economic factors and with the program's objectives. Three interventions were found especially critical for successfully putting programs into practice in classrooms and schools. First, successful programs paid significant attention to strengthening institutions and organizational structure, including developing a capacity for innovative management. Second, successful programs included significant in-service teacher training components. Third, successful programs included strategies to garner the commitment of implementors, external agencies, and government authorities
Revitalizing higher education by Jamil Salmi( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chance to learn knowledge and finance for education in Sub-Saharan Africa by Adriaan Verspoor( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le défi de l'apprentissage : améliorer la qualité de l'éducation de base en Afrique subsaharienne by ADEA Meeting( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lors du forum mondial sur l'éducation de Dakar, tous les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne ont réaffirmé leur engagement à concrétiser les objectifs d'apprentissage et d'achèvement de l'éducation de base pour tous. La plupart des systèmes éducatifs de la région sont pourtant loin de les atteindre. Moins d'un tiers des enfants en âge d'être scolarisés acquiert les connaissances spécifiées dans les programmes nationaux du primaire. A travers 22 études de cas nationales, voici une synthèse de recherches sur la qualité, l'amélioration qualitative, l'équité entre les sexes, et une description des interventions extérieures
Lending for learning : twenty years of World Bank support for basic education by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accelerated educational development by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Implementing educational change : the World Bank experience by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper reviews the scope and the nature of World Bank support for programs aiming at educational quality improvement and change, during the period 1963-1984. Support for educational change represents about 60 percent of the total cost of Bank education projects approved during that period, and had been a prominent feature of education lending. The paper analyzes the nature of Bank lending for educational change, by region, level of education, and specific change objective. The average outcome of the change programs included in this review was 2.5 on a scale of 1 (no limited outcomes) to 4 (outstanding results). The principle findings of the review include several trends. 1) Curriculum change has been the dominant objective of educational change programs supported by the Bank; 2) administrative development and organizational change have been relatively neglected; and 3) the change strategies appear to have emphasized dissemination rather than implementation of the change in the classroom. Finally, 4) the performance of programs in the two Africa regions has been disappointing and is a cause for particular concern
Improving teaching : a key to successful educational change by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although heavy investments have been made over the years in the education sector by both governments and international donor agencies, there still remain many questions that arise regarding the quality of education in the developing world. This paper examines World Bank experience with teacher training programs designed to support the implementation of educational quality improvement and change in developing countries. The analysis of a sample of 21 such programs from the World Bank portfolio, demonstrates the critical role of in-service teacher training in the change process. The paper discusses four crucial design features of teacher training components in high outcome change programs. These include: providing locally available and permanent in-service training; creating effective systems of teacher supervision and support; designing the content of training programs in light of the teacher's knowledge and experience; and paying attention to teacher motivation. On the basis of the evidence from the case studies, the paper recommends increased funding for teacher training components in change programs, teacher-centered program designs, and strengthened research efforts to enhance the understanding of the characteristics of effective teaching
Project management for educational change by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The challenge of learning : improving the quality of basic education in Sub-Saharan Africa by Association for the Development of Education in Africa( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenges to the planning of education by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designing management for uncertainty and innovation in education projects by John Middleton( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textbooks and educational development by World Bank( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the Crossroads Choice for Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa by Adriaan Verspoor( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The challenges of education development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) at the beginning of the 21st century are urgent and unprecedented. Faced with persistent gaps in the coverage of primary schooling, almost all countries have launched major efforts to ensure that all children will have the opportunity to complete primary education of acceptable quality. Concurrently, accelerating economic growth and social change are creating an urgent imperative to expand access to further learning to strengthen the human resources base. This report provides a timely resource on good practices and potential solutions for developing and sustaining high-quality secondary education systems in African countries. It contains elements of a roadmap for improving the responsiveness of Africa's secondary education systems to the challenges of the 21st century. Its main objective is to facilitate policy dialogue within African countries and between those countries and their development partners. This book addresses issues concerning the education of youth about 12 to 18 years old. It draws on the outcomes of the Secondary Education in Africa (SEIA) initiative, which supported workshops in Kampala, Dakar, and Accra and commissioned eight thematic studies and several background papers underpinning key sections of this book. The emphasis is on general junior and senior secondary education, complementing earlier work on skills development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Secondary education has generally been neglected in education policy and practice. This is now changing, but still suffers from being addressed separately from other parts of the system. What are needed are secondary education plans that are integrated with longer-term national plans for education development
Textbooks and educational development by Adriaan Verspoor( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Improving primary education in developing countries
Improving primary education in developing countriesA chance to learn : knowledge and finance for education in Sub-Saharan AfricaRevitalizing higher educationAt the Crossroads Choice for Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Verspoor, Adriaan

Verspoor, Adriaan 1942-

Verspoor Adriaan M.

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