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ERIC Number: EJ1091580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
The "Ubuntu" Paradigm in Curriculum Work, Language of Instruction and Assessment
Brock-Utne, Birgit
International Review of Education, v62 n1 p29-44 Feb 2016
This article discusses the concept "ubuntu", an African worldview rooted in the communal character of African life. Some of the same thinking can, however, be found in various Eurasian and Latin-American philosophies. The concept "ubuntu" is also used in language planning: here, the question of language of instruction is discussed through an "ubuntu" paradigm. The article focuses on policies regarding language in education, both at the micro-level, where translanguaging and code-switching are central, and at the macro-level, where Prestige Planning is discussed. The assessment practices taking place in schools are also looked at through an "ubuntu" lens. How far is it possible for developing countries to adhere to an education policy based on their own values when they have to participate in tests like Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for Development?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study