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ERIC Number: ED477141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Integrating Cultural Values into the Curriculum for Kenyan Schools.
Maina, Faith
A strong cultural identity enables individuals to become independent and self-reliant people who function in their own environment. People who have little sense of their cultural identity or have been alienated from their culture can become dependent and lack skills for meaningful survival in their own environment. This predicament is particularly pronounced in societies that have suffered colonial domination in the past and that find themselves socializing their children with the cultural values and world view of the colonizing power which undermines their own cultural identity. In the republic of Kenya, this problem has been acknowledged and documented by academics and educators. There seems to be a lack of political will to make radical and effective changes to the curriculum. This paper offers a historical overview of colonial education in Kenya, examining curriculum development in a broad outline form, starting with the pre-colonial indigenous curriculum and moving to the colonial and post-colonial curriculum. Kenyan curriculum has failed to live up to the basic definition of the word curriculum and has contradicted a fundamental determinant of curriculum development--failure to integrate the local cultural values into the curriculum. The paper provides suggestions for addressing some of the problems outlined in the overview. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya