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Educ 615O - Project Planning and Management in Education and Development
Spring 2005– Schedule # 12356
Draft syllabus – Final version available in class

Ash Hartwell, 275 Hills South – ash@educ.umass.edu             Wednesdays, 9-12 Noon     

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will focus on theory and practice in education project planning and management in development settings. Students in the course are expected to have had some prior management experience, and/or expect to have management responsibilities in their future professional roles. From the perspective of theory, we will examine contemporary challenges on the role of projects in development processes, including i) the tension between rational reform strategies and the complexity of developmental and cross-cultural settings within a global economy; ii) the principles of ‘learning organizations' and the demands for accountability in meeting results; iii) the relationship between the state and NGOs in providing education services. These perspectives will be examined in relation to the use of specific management tools for nonformal and formal education projects including: project design and proposals: the use of logical and ‘results' frameworks; participatory leadership; monitoring and evaluation frameworks; project budgets and financial controls; multicultural personnel management, communications and reporting. Students will practice these skills in simulated project situations, and in current Center or other proximate projects.

DURING THE COURSE WE WILL:

METHODOLOGY

This is a new course, it has not been taught in this format and with this focus before. Thus, it is expected that students will see themselves as co-learners, who will share responsibility to find and provide resources, to shape and conduct class activities and sessions as a core part of their participation. The course will have three components:

1) a conceptual overview of what is involved in the design and management of projects within an educational (non-formal and formal) development setting;

2) the identification and involvement in current education project management activities;

3) an exploration of contemporary theory and concepts related to development, project design and implementation. These components will not be introduced sequentially, but will be woven together throughout the course.

REQUIREMENTS

GRADING

This course is being offered on a Pass/Fail basis with a letter grade option. Any student wishing a letter grade must submit a written request for that option by the fourth class meeting .

TEXTS AND READINGS

The course texts can be purchased at Food for Thought , a book cooperative located in downtown Amherst on the right before the CVS Pharmacy (As an option, one can often find second-hand texts through the email). In addition, articles, web links, and unpublished papers and materials will be available on a CD, and through email, at the outset, and during the course.

Fullan, Michael (1999). Change Forces: the Sequel. Philadelphia, Falmer Press.

Eade, Deborah (ed.) (2000). Development, NGOs, and Civil Society. Kumarian Press.

Wheatley, Margaret and Kellner-Rogers, Myron (1996). A simpler way. San Francisco. Berrett-Koehler.

Haynes, Marion (2002). Project Management: Practical Tools for Success (3 rd ed.). Menlo Park, California: Crisp Learning.