Evaluation of School Partnership Policy in Botswana. A Qualitative Approach to Six Case Studies

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This book is the result is the result of a research project on the evaluation of Community Junior Secondary School Partnership Policy in Botswana. The methodology employed was mainly qualitative, notably field work, participant observation and in-depth interviews. Since research in this area is dominated by quantitative approaches, this volume makes an important addition to scholarship.


“. . . a welcome addition to the literature. . . . The author successfully examines the gap between ideal and reality in the implementation of the policy. Because it is a multi-site case study it is possible to discern the qualitative differences between the six schools and gain some comprehension as to why differences in institutional leadership and composition of school boards resulted in varying levels of implementation of the new policies. . . . This book is to be commended to readers who are interested in qualitative research methods, comparative case studies, community ownership and financing of schooling and development and change in Africa.” - Sheldon G. Weeks, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Botswana

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction of the Partnership Policy in Botswana
2. The Policy and Practice of Community Schooling (The Concept of a Community School - an International Perspective; Recurring Community School Themes; Community Schooling in Botswana)
3. Qualitative Research Methods (Implications for Developing Countries; Methodological Rationale for the Illustrative Multi-Site Case Study; Research Design and Process)
4. The Context of Education in Botswana (Geography, Population, Economy, Government Botswana Education; the 1977 National Commission on Education, The Community Junior Secondary School Partnership Policy)
5. Research Findings (Informants’ Knowledge and Opinions of Boards of Governors Composition; Community Participation and School Management; Community Participation and Curriculum; Community Participation and Provision of Resources; Utilization of School Resources by the Community; Overview)
6. Discussion and Conclusions

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