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Title:Language Choice in Education: A Politics of Persuasion
Author:Albaugh, Ericka A.
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:45
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:1-32
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Cameroon
Ghana
Senegal
Subjects:languages of instruction
educational policy
language policy
Politics and Government
Education and Oral Traditions
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=40D49E7C4B27CDC10B35
Abstract:The choice of indigenous versus European languages in education should be a hotly contested issue. Surprisingly, in much of Africa it is not. African States have dramatically increased their use of local languages in education over the last decade. This increase, however, has not proceeded from vocal demands on government by various language groups. Instead, it is the result of two more subtle factors: the changed attitude of a former colonizer (France) and the work of language NGOs on the ground. These two forces have altered governments' perceptions about the utility of African languages in their education strategies. Because this political process works through persuasion, rather than bargaining, it allows choices about language in education to be less contentious than popularly assumed, separating this process from the violent ethnolinguistic conflict that is so often associated with Africa. Focus in the article is on the push from below, challenging the bargaining explanation by tracing changed education policies through three countries in Africa: Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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