The Center for International Education
(CIE) was established in 1969 as a graduate academic and research organization
committed to promoting participatory education in development settings.
In its teaching, research and projects, CIE strives to link international
and domestic activities, and to promote constant dialogue between educational
theory and practice. The Center is committed to developing participatory,
learner-centered approaches for a variety of educational challenges, including:
basic education, access and quality, gender issues, staff development,
global education, adult & family literacy, popular education, participatory
management and evaluation, cross-cultural training, and action research.
The Center has a long and successful history of designing, implementing,
and evaluating educational initiatives in Asia, Central & Latin America,
Africa and Caucasia as well as in North America. Financial support has
come from many sources including: USAID, the World Bank, USIA, UNESCO,
FAO, national governments, state agencies, school systems, and private
foundations. Contracts and grants administered by the Center since 1969
total over 25 million dollars.
The Center has a core of five full-time and associated faculty members,
fiscal and administrative support staff, and several adjunct faculty members.
Graduate students, who are mid-career professionals, contribute to the
Center's activities and enrich their academic programs by working as teachers,
trainers and research assistants. In developing and implementing programs,
CIE draws on technical expertise from the University of Massachusetts
and the Five College Consortium to supplement its own extensive experience
and technical skills. CIE has collaborated on projects with faculty and
staff from the departments of Public Health, Anthropology, Agricultural
Economics, Communications, Educational Research, Economics, Women's Studies,
There is an active network of over 500 CIE members working throughout
the world in education and development. This network provides a rich reserve
of expertise and contacts. In addition CIE has collaborated with numerous
other institutions over the years in implementing programs: schools, universities,
NGOs and PVOs.
The Center publishes papers and books that offer practical information
for field projects and personnel. These publications are distributed throughout
the world. The current publications list includes about 40 titles in participatory
action research, nonformal/popular education and training, gender issues,
materials development, literacy, and alternative approaches to development.
A series of Technical Notes provides practitioners with methods which
can easily be adapted to local settings.
Growing out of almost forty years
of experience, CIE has developed particular expertise in a number of selected
fields. These are briefly summarized below to indicate the kinds of service
and expertise that CIE has built a reputation for.
Program Development and Implementation
CIE has been a partner in implementing many large-scale
development education projects, both formal and nonformal, in Africa,
Asia and Latin America. We were pioneers in the field of nonformal education
and have used that expertise in many different settings. In a typical
program CIE may provide one or more of the following services: long-term
technical assistance; short-term consulting services; institutional capacity
building; research and evaluation; staff training; and program planning.
Our operational philosophy is grounded in the belief that joint problem
solving and participatory management has the best chance of achieving
Program Evaluation and Research Design
CIE has both experience and capability in using
a variety of approaches to evaluation. The Center is particularly well
known for qualitative, participatory and practitioner-based approaches
to evaluation. CIE has conducted training in evaluation methods for staff
from a number of organizations and has carried out evaluations of programs,
materials and institutions.
Training mid-career professionals in development
and education lies at the heart of our mission. CIE has designed and implemented
training and study programs serving the needs of a variety of groups and
individuals. Most programs fall under one of three training formats: degree
training; customized short-term professional training for specific clientele;
and the management and support of degree candidates at institutions of
higher education. The Center has provided graduate degree training to
over 500 mid-career professionals from more than 50 countries and has
conducted short-term training for hundreds of individuals from around
Many of CIE's projects involve developing curricula
particularly for adult and nonformal training contexts. Much of the work
focusses on developing community and women's leadership skills for tasks
ranging from micro-enterprise development to community health. CIE focuses
on building local capacity to design, develop and evaluate curricula appropriate
to local interests, needs and resources.
Materials Development, Media and Technology
CIE has pioneered many uses of educational media
and technology for development ranging from low-technology options for
local initiative to uses of Instructional Technology for education and
development. Some CIE techniques include: web-based learning and action,
community drama, role plays, puppet shows, fotonovelas, radio programs
for distance education, video and theater, electronic learning aids, and
simple audiovisual tools.