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ERIC Number: EJ795171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
Exploring and Promoting the Value of Indigenous Knowledge in Early Childhood Development in Africa
Schafer, Jessica; Ezirim, Mgbechikwere; Gamurorwa, Anne; Ntsonyane, Phaello; Phiri, Mary; Sagnia, Jenieri; Salakana, Leoncia; Bairu, Wunesh Woldeselassie
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n3 p61-80 Fall 2004
There is currently a renaissance of interest in indigenous knowledges, after a long period of neglect and disdain by Western scientific and academic establishments. However, educational institutions have not made some of the more fundamental changes required to successfully integrate indigenous knowledges. Interventions and programs in ECD similarly tend to be based on an accepted body of knowledge built on Western experience and practice. The ECDVU takes a very different approach to capacity building. Its curriculum is built around the idea of co-construction of knowledge, requiring the participation of all in the creation and dissemination of content. The initial results of this process of generating curriculum within concrete cultural contexts are encouraging. The participants in the ECDVU program recognize the value of indigenous knowledges and are actively pursuing the documentation and incorporation of these knowledges into their research and program activities in the field of ECD. This article presents arguments in favour of incorporating indigenous knowledge into the ECD field and highlights the work of a number of ECDVU participants contributing to this area. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Eritrea; Gambia; Lesotho; Malawi; Nigeria; Uganda