Since the E.G West Centre was founded in 2002, PhD students have played an important role in the growth and development of the Centre and its research activities in different countries around the world.  For example, Paul Miller is currently investigating viable business models for the expansion of chains of low cost private schools across the developing world and Christopher-John Counihan is currently experimenting with peer teaching in a remote village in India.  Details of previous PhD research projects are listed below:

Private Schools for Low Income Families in Rural Gansu Province, China, Qiang Liu, April 2007.

Abstract: The thesis describes and analyses private schools in the rural areas of Ganso Province, China.  This study has two main aims.  The first is to examine the nature and extent or rural private schools.  This sector in general has been previously largely neglected.  The second is to explore any differences in academic performance between private and public schools.  Therefore, the major research questions for this research are:

  • Do private schools for the poor exist in rural Gansu province and if so how many?
  • How do private schools in rural Gansu compare with public schools?
  • What factors influence student academic achievements in rural Gansu Province?

A Comparison of Mathmatics Education in Government and Private Schools, Elaine Fisher, April 2007

This thesis compares the levels of achievement in Mathmatics of pupils in government and private schools in India, using data gathered in Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India.  The specific research question asked was:

  • Is there a difference between Mathmatics achievement of students educated in government and private schools in India, specifically in Mahbubnagar in the state of Andhra Pradesh?

The Right to Education – Conflicts in Rhetoric and Reality, Karen Hadley, July 2006.

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention gave clear recognition to a right to education.  The domestic regulatory framework imposes significant obligations on all the key players within the state education system and politicians seek to reinforce the idea that parents are consumers of education with clear, identified rights.  The UN Special Rapporteur for Education has identified the importance of a legal symmetry between rights and duties; rights cannot exist without obligations and ought to be accompanied by access to remedies for alleged denials and violations.  She has further identified that, despite a significant amount of jurisprudence, there has been analysis identifying the nature and scope of the right to education in England.  This thesis provides this analysis, demonstrating through a critical examination of relative legislative provisions, together with the judicial precedents of both European and English courts, that the right to education has little, if any, legal value.

Equity and Social Justice in Thai Private Institutions of Higher Education, Nuntarat  Charoenkul, May 2005

The Regulation of Private Schools for Low-Income Families in Andhra Pradesh, India: An Austrian Economic Approach, Pauline Dixon, June 2003

Abstract: The thesis describes and analyses a case study of private schools that cater for low-income families in Hyderabad, India.  The research is carried out in order to examine the regulatory regime under which these private schools exist. The overriding research question is:

  • Is a regulatory regime that is consistent with Austrian economic philosophy consistent with raising standards in schools?’ with particular reference to the low-income schools in Hyderabad’.

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