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Research in Progress: Amita Chudgar

November 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

Topic: “Inequality in Teacher Distribution Cross-nationally: What do we know, why is it important?”

Speaker: Associate Professor Amita Chudgar

According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), in the next 14 years, 68.8 million teachers will have to be recruited to provide every child with primary and secondary education. Unfortunately teacher shortage is not the only problem facing many developing countries. Teacher salaries are a significant portion of most education budgets and thus increasing the teacher labor force also creates a financial burden.

To ensure that teachers are adequately trained and qualified is also difficult in education systems where the quality and spread of post-secondary education is often limited. These multiple and overlapping challenges have important implications for equality in teacher distribution, and ultimately for equity of educational outcomes.

In this presentation, I will draw on several ongoing and recent projects where I have explored different dimensions of teacher distribution cross-nationally and its implications for educational outcomes. In particular, I will draw from my work with my long-time collaborator Dr. Thomas Luschei (Claremont Graduate University), as well as work with Dr. Martial Dembélé (University of Montreal) and current and recent graduate students at Michigan State University.

Sponsored by the Office of International Studies in Education


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