Research as a Means of Fulfilling the Need for Knowledge on Education: Looking back on Research Experiences in French-Speaking Africa
AREB, CEPED and NORRAG Policy Brief #1
Research as a Means of Fulfilling the Need for Knowledge on Education: Looking back on Research Experiences in French-Speaking Africa

By Marc Pilon

Based on the experience of Marc Pillon, a French researcher working mainly in French-speaking West Africa, this article draws attention to the role of research in the production of knowledge on education – understood here as school education or non-formal education. His piece forms the basis for critical reflection by Eric Lanoue, a French Sociologist, on the tensions between academic knowledge and expert knowledge in the field of education in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Marc Pilon, Demographer, is Director of Research at the Institut de recherche pour le développement, France (IRD).

Eric Lanoue is an International Expert and Associate Researcher at the University Paris Descartes, France.