Lessons from implementation of educational reforms in Pakistan: Implications for policy and practice

Lessons from implementation of educational reforms in Pakistan: Implications for policy and practice



A resourceful insight for stakeholders and reformers on the future of education in Pakistan, Lessons from Implementation of Educational Reforms in Pakistan: Implications for Policy and Practice offers challenging research-grounded accounts from a selection of distinct research studies, carried out by AKU-IED faculty. These studies originated from two major multi-year international and donor-funded education improvement projects in Pakistan—the Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP), and the Educational Development and Improvement Programme (EDIP).

Providing a blend of qualitative and quantitative accounts of practices, attitudes, and challenges of integrating local and international experiences and ideas around educational reform and professional development at micro-levels, and these projects’ promising implications at macro-levels, the book provides a distinct understanding of the processes of educational reforms in Pakistan. It delves into issues involved in understanding the nexus of theory and practice in the context of large-scale education reforms. While providing a conceptual base for reflections, it raises such critical questions on how local and global successful practices and experiences can be merged into new quality and sustainable projects and frameworks for educational change in Pakistan and other developing countries.

Table of Contents

[Part I: Introduction and AKU-IED's Role in Educational Reform] - 1. Imperatives of educational reform in Pakistan: Towards an analytical framework / Takbir Ali - 2. In pursuit of educational reform and institutional growth: AKU-IED's experience / Sadrudin Pardhan.

[Part II: School Capacity Building through Step and EDIP Projects] - 3. An all-encompassing approach to educational reform: A case of the step project / Takbir Ali - 4. Leadership capacity building: A pathway to enduring educational change / Takbir Ali - 5. Educational Development and Improvement Programme (EDIP): An innovative school improvement model / Mola Dad Shafa, Sharifullah Baig and Zeenat Shah - 6. Exploring the nature and pattern of mentoring practices: A study on mentees' perspectives / Sadia Muzaffar Bhutta, Takbir Ali and Nahid Parween Anwar - 7. The nature of experience of AKU-IED's MED graduates: A phenomenological study / Ayesha Bashiruddin and Mir Afzal Tajik - 8. Private and social returns of higher education: A case of AKU-IED's MED graduates / Naureen Madhani.

[Part III: Understanding Issues in Educational Governance] - 9. Educational governance conundrum: Decision-making structures, processes and outcomes / Takbir Ali and Dilshad Ashraf.

[Part IV: Capacity Building for Teacher Education through Step Project] - 10. Professional development initiatives: Imperatives for maximum returns on investment / Kulsoom Jaffer, Zubeda Bana and Khushal Khan - 11. Action research for capacity building of teacher-educators / Nusrat Fatima Rizvi - 12. Institutional strengthening: Case studies of government elementary colleges of education / Sadia Bhutta, Zubeda Bana and Kulsoom Jaffer.

[Part V: Conclusion] - 13. Engaging the global to create local models for education reform / Sarfaroz Niyozov.

Publication Information

Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2017




Education, Educational reform, Educational change, Educational Development, Professional Development

Lessons from implementation of educational reforms in Pakistan: Implications for policy and practice