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Title:Education and social change in Africa: Some problems of class formations
Author:Sanda, Akin Olu
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
social change
Abstract:Whether the focus is on the traditional patterns or upon the imported educational forms, the role of education as an agent of change is widely recognized by social scientists. This paper is mainly concerned with the more profound changes occasioned by formal education in African societies. They have resulted in the main from the nature of educational conferments and the attendant benefits or perquisites. The paper discusses the extent to which actual or potential tensions between social groups in African societies can be understood from a sociological perspective which focuses on the social and structural consequences of planned education in Africa. Sections: 1. Education and society: An overview (Education in pre-colonial African societies; Western education and the colonial situation) - 2. Educational change since independence - 3. Education and social change: Problems in class formations - 4. Conclusion. Notes.