Learning for Development

Learning for Development

Paperback Development Matters

By (author) Hazel J. Johnson, By (author) Gordon Wilson

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848131984
  • ISBN 13: 9781848131989
  • Sales rank: 1,438,144

Product description

The organizational and institutional embedding of new learning is one of the biggest challenges for development. This book in the "Why 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.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

'I commend Johnson and Wilson for this excellent book in which they reflect on the role that learning can play in development. It deals with complex issues in a style that is both considered and clear; critical and committed. It should be required reading for those who unreflectively "do development"' - Simon McGrath, Professor of International Education and Development, Nottingham 'Learning for Development is an exciting read for anyone working in the field, provoking thought by providing real case studies around 'development action'. It focuses on intentional development which is referred to in the book as development action, arguing that the actions of interveners are fundamentally part of and contribute to, development history. It looks at the context in which learning occurs as well as learning as a social process. The concept of 'action learning space' can help identify the dynamics in communities through which learning has the potential to occur. Trust and communicative action are key ingredients of shared learning. The book shares practical examples of successes and challenges from which one can learn and then adapt to one's own work. It is a must readA" for anyone interested in development.' - Charlene Hewat, CEO, Environment Africa

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Concepts and approaches 3. Contestation and learning between multiple stakeholders 4. Learning through difference and mutuality in North-South partnerships 5. Formal learning and individual and organizational change 6. Learning and not learning through the use of ICTs 7. Conclusions