Transforming Teacher Quality in the Global South

Using Capabilities and Causality to Re-examine Teacher Performance

  • Authors
  • Sharon Tao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rethinking Teacher Quality in the Global South

  3. Capabilities, Causality, and Teacher Practice: An Examination of Tanzanian Complexities

  4. Putting the CA/CR Lens into Practice: New Paths for Transforming Teacher Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. Sharon Tao
      Pages 145-168
    3. Sharon Tao
      Pages 169-196
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-233

About this book


A common story of teachers from the Global South portrays them as deficient, unreliable and unprofessional. However, this book uses an innovative Capability Approach/Critical Realist lens to reveal the causal links between teachers' constrained capabilities and their 'criticised' behaviours.
Transforming Teacher Quality in the Global South first applies this analytical lens to a Tanzanian case study in order to show how issues concerning gender, leadership and daily survival are causally linked to actions such as absenteeism, distraction and lack of preparation. The second half of this book then uses the lens to inform the design of interventions to address these and other issues, such as corporal punishment, teacher morale and female teacher deployment to rural schools.
The analyses from this award-winning research not only provide detailed explanations of teacher performance, but also offer nuanced and creative strategies aimed at improvements. This book will be of great value to anyone in education and international development who would like to see theoretical and academic rigour underpin practical strategies aiming to transform teacher quality.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-69755-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49545-7
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