Step 1

Understanding programmes and lessons

A wise person's question is half the answer.

Old proverb

Policymakers live in a world rich in information. A Google search for ‘traffic congestion’ identifies more than half a million web site references about traffic problems in places as far apart as Atlanta, Athens, and Beijing. A super-abundance of information creates a problem of selection. If you lack the ability to extract knowledge from a flood of details, you will be drowned in detail. The art of lesson-drawing (for it is a creative activity as well as a science) is to understand which features of a foreign programme are essential and which are not.

You need concepts to guide the selection of information relevant for lesson-drawing from ...

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