Title

A Pen or a Bush Knife? School, Work and "Personal Investment" in Papua New Guinea

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Anthropology and Education Quarterly

Publication Date

1986

Publisher

American Anthropological Association

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

40

Last Page

61

Abstract

This article discusses a perennial problem in education in developing nations: how to balance the public investment of the national education administration with the private investments of parents who send their children to school. The development of the national education system of Papua New Guinea is analyzed in terms of three broad phases of education policy, each with its respective aims, goals, and results. Three villages' experiences with the educational system are reviewed, compared and contrasted with respect to changing government educational policies and implications for future development.

DOI

10.1525/aeq.1986.17.1.05x0978p

Comments

Originally published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Anthropological Association. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.