Prospects Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Unesco; International Bureau of Education, Springer Verlag

Journal description

PROSPECTS, UNESCO's journal on education, has existed since 1971. The International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva was responsible for its publication from 1994 until 2001. As of 2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers will co-publish the English language version of PROSPECTS. This journal enables UNESCO to communicate directly and indirectly with an international audience of scholars, decision-makers, graduate students and educators. PROSPECTS has served as a platform for the exchange of ideas on current and controversial educational themes for over thirty years; provides scholars in many different countries with the only source of information on international educational problems available in their national language; adopts a strong international approach by giving the floor to authors from around the world; presents the views of researchers, academics, decision-makers, curriculum developers, educators and graduate students; provides graduate students with a first and unique opportunity to participate in an international dialogue; regularly invites experts from the different sectors of UNESCO as guest editors to supervise issues, reflecting the organization's current priorities; editions in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish are available as well as a Bulgarian edition published by the national authorities. Information on these publications can be obtained from PROSPECTS is a co-publication of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education, Geneva, Switzerland and Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Website Prospects website
Other titles Prospects (Online)
ISSN 0033-1538
OCLC 50732308
Material type Government publication, International government publication, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

  • Prospects 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9360-3
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    ABSTRACT: In recent decades, both India and Vietnam have successfully expanded access to schooling to near-universal levels and have shifted their focus to quality-oriented policy reform. Yet, international and national evidence shows strongly contrasting learning profiles for children within the two systems. Simple indicators of numeracy suggest similar learning levels in both countries for 5-year-olds, but data suggest that, by the time they are 15, Vietnamese pupils outperform those in many OECD countries, while many pupils in India fail to master even the most basic skills. This article examines evidence from the Young Lives longitudinal surveys for Vietnam and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on the diverging learning profiles of children in the light of their socioeconomic, cultural, and educational contexts. It considers various explanations for this divergence, including recent education policies, and highlights potential areas for cross-country policy learning.
    Prospects 09/2015; 45(3):285-303. DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9361-2

  • Prospects 09/2015; 45(3):391-406. DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9354-1
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    ABSTRACT: This article provides an overview of how teacher quality and learning outcomes are included in national education policies. It responds to a set of specific questions focused on strategies to improve learning, links between teacher quality and learning outcomes, and how policy seeks to overcome learning obstacles for the most disadvantaged. The article uses data collated from the national education plans of forty developing countries. It includes a summary of key lessons and observations related to the inclusion of teaching and learning in education policy and a range of strategies that can support teaching and learning, both directly and indirectly.
    Prospects 08/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9356-z
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    Prospects 08/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9364-z
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    ABSTRACT: This Introduction highlights the main focus of the special issue on "Overcoming inequalities in teaching and learning". The 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR), Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality Education for All, underlines the fact that a lack of attention to education quality and a failure to reach the marginalized have contributed to a learning crisis that needs urgent attention. Based on selected background papers for the 2013/4 GMR, this special issue draws attention to twin problems that restrain learning and result in wide inequalities: home background and teaching quality. To overcome the learning crisis, these factors must be tackled simultaneously. For education to be an equalizer, countries must develop contextually-relevant strategies, with particular attention to supporting teachers in their efforts to overcome inequalities in learning.
    Prospects 08/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9363-0
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    ABSTRACT: This article analyzes the factors that explain the gap in educational outcomes between the top and bottom quartile of students in different countries, according to their socioeconomic status. To do so, it uses PISA microdata for 10 middle-income and 2 high-income countries, and applies the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition method. Its results show that students’ individual variables only explain differences in high-income countries; meanwhile, school and teacher quality, and better practices, matter even in different institutional settings. From a policy perspective, this evidence supports actions to improve school and teacher quality in order to reduce cross-country differences and differences between students at the top and bottom of socioeconomic distribution.
    Prospects 08/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9357-y
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    ABSTRACT: Latin American teachers’ unions have stepped into the policymaking sphere and shaped education policies unrelated to regular workplace priorities like salaries and class sizes at notable moments. The literature on teachers’ unions in Latin America has not addressed this, tending to focus instead on those unions’ history and role in social movements, or their struggles against controversial education reform. This article links existing literatures in an effort to explain why teachers’ unions sometimes break from their normal workplace demands to take an active role in education policymaking. Drawing on case studies of Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela, and Guatemala, it argues that teachers’ unions break out of this usual role and promulgate system-enhancing education policy in the context of societywide social movements, such as those that lead to democratization or indigenous rights. However, only where these policies meet a receptive government are they translated from proposal to practice.
    Prospects 08/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9355-0

  • Prospects 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9352-3
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores the notion of the duality principle, as embodied in the German dual system of Vocational Education and Training (VET), within the context of a field survey of skill shortages faced by German and Indian firms operating in India. The study finds that these firms experience problems with the quantity and quality of skills supplied and, in response to these problems, use some form of in-house training for new recruits and employees. Firms also express a willingness to cooperate in skill-development programmes and in joint funding with government. The article makes a strong case for adapting some of the critical elements of the German dual system to render Indian VET more responsive to the labour market and provide a formally structured and integrated system of skill development.
    Prospects 07/2015; 45(2). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9358-x

  • Prospects 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9359-9
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    ABSTRACT: Lebanon faces the risk of powerful earthquakes with potentially devastating effects. However, the Lebanese people in general have not yet recognized this risk, as current educational programs and government officials have failed to inform them about it. This article discusses the essential role that Lebanese institutions of higher education should play in educating the public about this risk and in preparing the public to take risk reduction measures. It calls for efforts to integrate earthquake risk education into academic programs and to establish research facilities and student volunteer programs on university campuses across Lebanon to reduce the impact of future earthquake disasters and to make Lebanese communities more resilient to future crises. Without the engagement of higher education institutions in disaster prevention and mitigation, Lebanese communities will remain vulnerable to massively destructive earthquakes.
    Prospects 06/2015; 45(2). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9344-3
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    ABSTRACT: It is increasingly recognized that there is a global learning crisis. This article investigates this learning crisis through a comparative analysis of rural India and Pakistan. Using data from each country’s Annual Status of Education Report, it demonstrates that socioeconomic status and gender are important determinants of whether children are in school, the type of school they attend, and whether they are learning. While learning varies across schools, socioeconomic disparities predominate: disadvantaged children in private schools are learning less than more advantaged children in government schools. Gender also plays an important role, with disparities between boys and girls most pronounced among poorer children in Pakistan. In addition, while private tuition improves learning for all children, it does not resolve socioeconomic and gender disparities. The study indicates that policymakers need to focus on government schools since that is where most of the poorest children study and where learning levels are lowest. The fact that more advantaged children are learning in government schools indicates the role that such schools can play in education.
    Prospects 05/2015; 45(3). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9350-5
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    ABSTRACT: Challenges of implementing active-learning reform have been reported across a range of countries and include the need for greater attention to contextual factors and practical realities in the reform process. This study investigates how teachers enact active-learning pedagogy within the Maldives. Using design-based research, it explores—through contextual analysis and pedagogical intervention—the conditions under which active learning can be enacted within the Child Friendly Schools framework. The article presents findings of the contextual-analysis phase, which sought to understand stakeholder priorities in order to inform the intervention phase. The World Café, a participatory approach to data collection, reveals the salient features of active learning considered important across the stakeholder groups: the active participation of students, the use of group work, the teacher as facilitator, a friendly classroom environment, and the potential of the reform to be tailored more equally to all students.
    Prospects 03/2015; 45(2). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9346-1
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores recent developments in linguistic choices in education in Zanzibar and examines the arguments for using local languages of instruction (LoI) as a right. The article’s analysis is based on a study of a curriculum change in Zanzibar in which English replaced Kiswahili as the LoI in the last two years of primary school in mathematics and science subjects. The article reviews theory and practices regarding the consequences of LoI for quality education and its implications for human rights in education. The methods included several field visits, observations in classrooms, and interviews in order to address both the reasons behind the curriculum change and its consequences. The conclusion is that expanding the use of English in primary school will reduce the quality of teaching and learning; from the perspective of a rights-based approach, this violates the educational rights of Zanzibari children.
    Prospects 03/2015; 45(2). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9341-6
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    ABSTRACT: The Pacific Island nations are in the process of transforming education to support all learners through the application of more inclusive approaches. In order to measure progress, they are working collaboratively to develop a set of local and contextually applicable indicators for inclusive education. This article reports the initial step in this process. A detailed review of literature about the Pacific Islands highlights 10 themes that are highly pertinent to the monitoring of inclusive education (IE) in the region. The article reviews these themes across the continuum of input, process, and outcomes for IE, at 3 levels of implementation: micro, meso, and macro. While disability-inclusive indicators for measuring IE within the Pacific Islands are very limited at present, the article also identifies strategies, good practices, government recommendations, and outcomes from across the region that educators may use to inform the development of inclusive practices.
    Prospects 03/2015; 45(2). DOI:10.1007/s11125-015-9345-2