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Title:The use of technologies in teaching the humanities
Author:Adande, A.ISNI
Periodical:Educafrica: Bulletin of the Unesco Regional Office for Education in Africa
Geographic term:Africa
teaching methods
Abstract:Research in, and the teaching of the human sciences in Africa are encouraged to the extent that this field of knowledge is looked upon as being important in emancipating and developing society. With the advent of independence, ambitious research programmes were launched and textbooks were rewritten to replace the 'colonial' ones. However, economic limitations as well as restrictions placed by some African governments upon the teaching of so-called 'subversive' subjects constitute a problem. Barriers to the dissemination of research findings are of an organizational and linguistic nature (language barrier). Researchers and educationists are, nevertheless, in search of new strategies that will improve their services, as well as increase the social and cultural benefits of the knowledge they generate. The author examines the contribution that technology can make in this direction, amongst others through a vision of educational materials that is consonant with socioeconomic and cultural conditions in Africa. A systematic inventory of existing knowledge on technology and the study of its development are prerequisites to a serious discussion of techniques in black Africa. Young Africans should be made aware as early as possible of the importance of technology in the development of nations. The author stresses the importance of approaching the human sciences through investigation, the role of museums, and appropriate teaching aids. In conclusion, the author stresses the importance of evaluation (of content, programmes and teaching aids). Note, ref.