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Title: NGOs' intervention in vocational education for vulnerable young people's employment and empowerment in Cambodia
Author: Cheng, I-Hsuan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 8352
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This research is an attempt to explore what constitutes effectiveness (in managerial and pedagogic terms) of NGOs' intervention in vocational education (VE) for employment and empowerment of vulnerable young people in the Cambodian urban context. The Thesis starts with the real-life issues pertaining to the educational, economic and socio-cultural vulnerability of young people in Cambodia; and the latter in turn has led to greater NGO intervention in vocational education as an alternative response to the ineffective government there. The questions about the unknown managerial and pedagogic components of effectiveness are answered and discussed by virtue of a mainly qualitative, multiple-case study of 9 NGOs located in 4 cities. Accordingly, the key managerial and pedagogic constituents are explored and then conceptualised in the form of 'Dynamic Concept Analysis' (DCA) modeling. Through this analysis, an effective as well as context-appropriate NGOs' intervention is theorised further. Overall, I argue that the growth of the Cambodian garment industry and tourism may improve the employment and empowerment of impoverished urban young people. This can be made possible if pedagogy is tailor-made to match education with the demands of the labour market, supporting the process of students' empowerment. The idea is to provide opportunities to practice power and allow power spontaneously to emerge in a cooperative and inclusive environment. The possibility of their being able to benefit from national economic growth could be maximised if NGOs play a good managerial role. Having carefully considered the idea of linking education with employment, NGOs can mobilise the necessary resources and build up the many connections required in order to help vulnerable young people overcome the socio-cultural and administrative barriers that block their way to employment and empowerment.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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