Education in Africa: Then and now; still now and then
Director, Centre for Comparative and International Education
University of Oxford
Time and Location
12:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI
David Johnson is an experienced researcher and policy analyst in African education. He is currently studying, through a randomized control trial, policy options for teacher recruitment and retention in Rwanda. The study is in collaboration with economists from Georgetown University, Oxford, and the World Bank. He has worked closely with the Rwanda Education Board on the development of a new curriculum and assessment policy (supported by DFID) and currently with the Federal Ministry of Education in Sudan (Basic Education Recovery Programme) on the development of a National Learning Assessment (supported by the Global Partnership for Development and the World Bank). In 2013, he carried out large-scale assessments of the professional knowledge and skills of teachers and head teachers and assessments of student learning in 5 States in northern Nigeria (UNICEF, 2014) and similar studies in support of the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) in 6 states between 2008 – 2010 (supported by DFID). In all a total of 110,000 teachers were assessed in 11 States. The publication of the first of these reports by the Kwara State Government in 2008 led to significant reform of initial and in-service teacher education. The impact of the research is reported in a number of publications below and in several media outlets.