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Research and Planning for Commonwealth Small States

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This project brings together a team of researchers at the GSoE (Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies) and the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).

Specialists with extensive experience in small states are carrying out in-depth studies of the impact and implications of changing global trends and events upon educational policy and practice in the small states of the Commonwealth.

These factors include: the global financial crisis, climate change, globalisation, the knowledge economy, migrations and the influence of international education agendas and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The research involves original statistical work, drawing upon government and international databases; in-depth qualitative interviews with key small states personnel (education planners, ministers of education and researchers); consultative feedback processes; and theoretically informed and critical reviews of the international literature on education in small states world-wide.

This is designed to generate new knowledge in this strategically important arena for the Commonwealth, where the majority of member states are classified with small populations. The first product of the research will be a detailed report that is to be presented to the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in June 2009.

Project dates
24 Feb 2009 - 31 Oct 2009

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Project director(s):
Professor Michael Crossley
Project funder:
Commonwealth Secretariat
Project collaborator(s):
Steve Packer
Mark Bray and UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) personnel
Project group:
International and Comparative Studies (ICS)
Professor Michael Crossley