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Title:Africa unknown: addressing the effects of an alienating education amongst learners in South Africa
Author:Adams, Rachel Nyaradzo
Year:2011
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:6
Issue:1
Pages:149-162
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:educational systems
Africanization
curriculum
African studies
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2011.592400
Abstract:The article argues for the Africanization of the South African education system, most critically at high school and tertiary levels. Using both experiential and theoretical reasoning, it seeks to present a compelling argument for the value of teaching South African children using methodologies, examples and stories they can relate to. It argues that this relatability is what will best develop the cognition of learners and better equip them to turn knowledge into action. The South African education system has often been seen as lacking a critical thinking and problem-solving element, and the article argues that this limitation is embedded in the abstractness of the curricula. The article presents a short case study highlighting just how little about Africa some of South Africa's best learners know. It ends by offering practical suggestions about how the education system could incorporate critical African knowledge in its learning models. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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