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Title:Benefiting from basic education, school quality and functional literacy in Kenya
Author:Eisemon, Thomas OwenISNI
Series:Comparative and international education
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:Pergamon Press
Geographic term:Kenya
mass education
Islamic education
Abstract:The research that is reported here was begun with the intention of explicating the mechanisms through which schooling has been shown to have a profound impact on measures of social and material improvement. The cognitive outcomes of literacy acquisition in Koranic and secular schools in the Msambweni location, Kwale District, in coastal Kenya are the focus of the study. Fieldwork was undertaken in 1985 to develop a description of learning tasks related to the acquisition of literacy in Koranic schools and in overcrowded and impoverished classrooms in rural schools, to specify the cognitive skills associated with the performance of these tasks, and finally to examine their significance in daily life. Attention is given to the comprehension of texts used in schools and of instructional materials used outside schools to communicate information about health and agricultural practices.